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Adam Savage pits Boston Dynamics robot dog against police training course

Published: 24/Jan/2020 14:17

by Matt Porter

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Tech YouTuber and former Mythbuster’s star Adam Savage finally got his hands on one of Boston Dynamics’ incredible robot dogs, and put the amazing machine through a rigorous test by taking it to a course used to train Sheriffs in California to see what it’s really capable of.

The robot, known as Spot, is one of the most impressive pieces of engineering in the world, with the machine able to walk, run, jump, carry heavy loads, and even open doors. On top of that, Spot can climb over obstacles, clamber over tough and rocky terrain, and even do backflips thanks to the incredible power in its legs.

If you really want to test the limits of a contraption though, who better to hand it off to than Adam Savage, who spent 14 seasons breaking down myths and creating crazy scenarios to push items to their limit. Now, the 52-year-old has gotten his hands on the company’s dog, and he didn’t waste any time in putting it through its paces to see what it can do.

Adam Savage standing outside with the Boston Dynamics robot dog.
YouTube: Adam Savage's Tested
Savage decided to put Spot to the test outdoors.

After opening the massive crate inside his Tested studio, the American decided it was time to take Spot on an early adventure, jumping into the car and driving out to a Sheriff’s training facility in California to give the robot a proper run-out. Things immediately got off to a rocky start literally when he tried to send the dog careering over a mound of rocks. Spot struggled, almost slipping off them entirely, but eventually clambered up and stood on the summit, much to the delight of Savage.

From there, the former Mythbusters host had Spot moving through tunnels, climbing stairs, and even make an attempt at crouching underneath a section of flat bars, with Spot eventually grinding to a temporary halt when the distance between the ground and the roof became too small.

Finally, it was time to take Spot into the great outdoors, sending the robotic canine for a run-up an incredibly steep hill after maneuvering over a pile of sandbags, with the Boston Dynamics creation having no issues as it reached the top and stood proudly beside its new master.

With the Software Development Kit now available to the public, owners are able to customize the robot and see what other tricks they can make it perform, with Boston Dynamics confirming that Savage will be working to “develop and deploy custom hardware and software” for Spot.

Based on his early time with the device though, it seems like Spot won’t be living a life of luxury in the Tested studio with Savage.

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TSM Hamlinz finally breaks Twitter silence after four-months away

Published: 26/Oct/2020 3:43 Updated: 26/Oct/2020 3:46

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Hamlinz has been missing in action for quite some time, but the beloved Fortnite streamer has finally broken his silence on Twitter on Oct. 25, and let the world know he is back and feeling good.

Darryle ‘Hamlinz’ Hamlin was once a pillar in the streaming world. He shot to fame while streaming Fortnite during its peak, and his popularity rose even more after he joined Team Solo Mid.

However, the beloved streamer has been on the down-low for several months now; in fact, he has been silent on social media for most of the year. 

Hamlinz tweeted every now and then between January and March, and even streamed a couple of times. But he was far less active than he used to be, and hadn’t posted at all since July.

Many speculated he might have been on another hiatus. The first one happened when he needed some time off to deal with a nasty cyst. The second one happened not long after when he needed some time to deal with personal issues.

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Hamlinz was once one of the most popular streamers alongside Shroud and Ninja.

Hamlinz is back and feeling like his old self again

Thankfully, he bounced back on both those occasions, and it seems like he’s bounced back once again. The full extent of what happened this time around remains unclear. However, the most important thing is that Hamlinz has finally broken his silence on social media.

“Feeling like my old self again,” he wrote. It’s a little more than one hour old, but the tweet has already amassed 50,000 likes, 6,5000 retweets, and 6,000 comments.

The hype is real, and for a good reason. Hamlinz is one of the most entertaining, likable, and talented streamers in the world. Plus, it’s always nice to see people recover from whatever issues they’re facing and get back on their own two feet.

The comments are filled with people happy to see him back. “Finally something good in 2020,” wrote one fan. “Hamlinz is BACK BABY,” wrote another.

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Hamlinz and Daequan are best friends and housemates.

Sadly, Hamlinz has remained tight-lipped on whether he will stream again anytime soon. However, considering he is feeling like his old self again, it could mean that a stream might not be too far away.

Either way, there’s no doubt that it will be a momentous occasion. If the excitement in the comments is anything to go by, the floodgates will open and his fans, followers, and viewers will come pouring in.

Hamlinz has more than five million followers across Twitch, Twitter, and Youtube. It seems all the time off hasn’t dampened his popularity in the slightest.