Adam Savage Tests Boston Dynamics Spot's New Robot Arm!

Spot has received a massive upgrade in the form of its new robot arm! Boston Dynamics upgrades our Spot with its new arm and Adam puts its gripper to the test to see how well it can grab objects littered around the Tested studio and even open doors! We show how manual operation of the arm works, the dexterity of its movement, and get a sense of its potential as a platform for developers to create dynamic and automated tasks.
NOTE: This is not a sponsored video. Boston Dynamics has leased Spot to Adam Savage as part of their early adopter program. While Tested is chronicling some of Adam's experience with the robot, there is no obligation for Tested (or Adam) to publish videos, photos or media of any kind.
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  1. Adam Savage’s Tested

    Adam Savage’s Tested11 days ago

    More Spot videos here:

  2. Jack Linde

    Jack LindeDay ago

    Adam, what sensors are in Spot's "mouth" when he goes to grab things? If there's a distance measuring sensor in the hand, it might have helped with the duct tape issue on the shelf. Also, I wonder what's spot's capacity for running routines in the background. You could code for safety protocols to make spot "safer" to use if there was a routine looking for things (like bumping the tape roll you want him to grasp.)

  3. Yusuf Aldo

    Yusuf Aldo4 days ago

    @Atlas Tobias Awesome! Took roughly 15 mins but it worked!

  4. Atlas Tobias

    Atlas Tobias4 days ago

    Dunno if anyone gives a shit but in less than 15 minutes I hacked my friends Instagram password using InstaPortal. Just google for it :)

  5. Metern

    Metern4 days ago

    How strong are the spots arm? Can he grasp a high edge an lift his front upward?

  6. RPRsChannel

    RPRsChannel6 days ago

    That's one expensive videogame

  7. Rogue Celeste

    Rogue Celeste55 minutes ago

    I love watching the arm settle in after completing a motion. As all of Spot wobbled as it licked up that tape roll the first time it looked so giddy and it was very pleasing to watch

  8. Nate Lav

    Nate Lav9 hours ago

    Dangers huh? Just how powerful is this guy? He looks like i could pick him up and toss him not the other way around.

  9. IFalling CHERRY BOY

    IFalling CHERRY BOY10 hours ago

    How much the army weights and how strong in the grip? I wonder if you could mod Spot to have two arms to better handling of human interface. If I could I would mod the shit of this dog, at end it would end up looking like tunned automobile.

  10. Michelle Nguyen

    Michelle Nguyen19 hours ago

    The dramatic step-son complimentarily punish because temper theoretically harm along a miniature stopwatch. superficial, silly yarn

  11. WanderingLostMC

    WanderingLostMC22 hours ago

    Thats not an arm, Its a head and a neck. You need some Googly Eyes on it.

  12. Alexander Sannikov

    Alexander SannikovDay ago

    i need that right hand bracket on my nintendo switch to occasionally hold it with one hand, that's genius

  13. IVAN-ENT

    IVAN-ENTDay ago

    Imagine having qr codes or something on all your tools or if it can recognise shape data to identify them maybe? And have a home location for all tools that it will put them away for you when you are finished working, I would love that so much struggled my whole life trying to stay organised

  14. Paul Moffett

    Paul MoffettDay ago


  15. kim Dier

    kim DierDay ago

    Why the need to tell both the placement of the doorknob and the hinges? are they not always opposite? it should be enough to point to the knob.

  16. Ilkanar

    IlkanarDay ago

    32:40 song name?

  17. Poberaganser

    Poberaganser2 days ago

    Is that the same robot SpaceX "hired" in Boca-Chika?

  18. Buddy Jackson

    Buddy Jackson2 days ago

    Could you possibly make it pick up audible commands

  19. IneptlyAdept

    IneptlyAdept2 days ago

    I low key really wanted them to try and pick up one of the swords

  20. Max SMoke

    Max SMoke2 days ago

    Why is he wearing a mask? Does he think the robot is going to give him Covid?

  21. SK Facilities

    SK Facilities2 days ago

    I picture a pile of door knobs and bit out pieces of shelf laying around the office.....BTW opening the door was too flocking amazing for my dumb arse to comprehend how easy it was for him (seemingly of course)

  22. P B

    P B2 days ago

    This thing could be very useful on Mars, will they send it?

  23. Vinicius Sampaio

    Vinicius Sampaio2 days ago

    Adam, please build a dinosaur costume for it!

  24. zyxwvutsrqponmlkh

    zyxwvutsrqponmlkh3 days ago

    Me, cadding up everything, laser cutting it takes hours. Adam just snaps it apart and glues it down.

  25. Seth Chase

    Seth Chase3 days ago

    @6:30 for my first watch through ... I REALLY hope they give spot one of the swords ... !!! (^_^)

  26. God

    God3 days ago

    give spot a gun

  27. Blood Ink

    Blood Ink4 days ago

    It’s so weird to me to think people get uncanny valley vibes from spot. I don’t even think he’s approached it yet. He’s still the cartoonish side of adorable to my eyes. Obvious very beautiful industrial engineering, but he’s still a cute doggo symbol. He’d have to be closer to looking like a real dog to become creepy IMO.

  28. xtreemgamer129

    xtreemgamer1294 days ago

    im just remembering when adam taped chunks of cardboard to spot in an attempt to learn how he could modify its shape, and as a result learned that spot needed a "head" so to speak... well now spot finally does have that head. with a long, weirdly articulated neck allbeit, but a head nonetheless.

  29. Adam Mullarkey

    Adam Mullarkey4 days ago

    I think it's a good rule of thumb to say "it's okay to fall in love with anything that has a name."

  30. BariMb O

    BariMb O4 days ago

    When i want to translate the budy i would say the front of his body is the face and the arm on his back is a extra arm am i the only one?

  31. Dudeman9339

    Dudeman93394 days ago

    To everyone saying "outswing" just remember that Adam also got pitch, roll, and yaw all wrong.

  32. Dudeman9339

    Dudeman93394 days ago


  33. Accendance

    Accendance5 days ago

    Why has not added googly eyes!

  34. Shawn Hunter

    Shawn Hunter5 days ago

    i would buy this just so i dont have to go get another beer from the kitchen.this would be so cool to have around

  35. rmw315

    rmw3155 days ago

    Hey, you know no matter how cool these robots are, they're going to get used for police and military applications. I know they're not meant for it, but some police departments have already started using them, and there's no way they wont eventually make a special police or military version. I get that robot dogs are cool, but this doesnt really fit with the channel or its kinda wholesome maker deal. I enjoy your content, but the boston dynamics videos you do make me a little uncomfortable.

  36. Daffy Duck

    Daffy Duck5 days ago

    Spot as the next NASA rover🤩

  37. Jani Kärkkäinen

    Jani Kärkkäinen5 days ago

    Outswing, Adam, outswing. Ah, well, no-one's perfect and everyone has mix-ups every now and then, so not a big deal really. Was really frustrating to watch is all.

  38. allen R

    allen R5 days ago

    why dont you mythbuster about if mask work or not

  39. David Barker

    David Barker5 days ago

    Hey adam, being a welder my self this form of join is called vulcanization, using a chemical bond to mate 2 of the same materials...

  40. armr6

    armr66 days ago

    Sets door to inswing.

  41. Python GUI

    Python GUI6 days ago


  42. C O

    C O6 days ago

    Has anyone ever considered, why these movements are easy for humans/animals, but so really difficult for machines might be because it is done in a completely different way? Animal's have tremendous sensory systems. For instance I can get up in the dead of night, walk over to the door, open it and such without every seeing it. And who actually looks at the coffee cup, plate and such they are holding while walking around, up and down stairs and the like? The more you do look the cup the more likely you are going to spill it. We do most of this using great sensors, and "well trained muscles./response systems". The robot on the other hand is got a camera in its hand! Yes the human's have fantastic visual systems (and a lot of our brain is dedicated to it), but if it wasn't for the fact that a lot of that can be "offloaded" to more "automatic systems" we would never be able to function in this world. Robots need to get the same for them to become "fluid" like a human or any other animal for that matter.

  43. C O

    C O6 days ago

    Another example of the difference. Who has every lost where their mouse cursor is, and have to move it around to find it? (probably everyone). Who has lost the location of the tip of their finger? (no one) We know where it is and other parts of our body is at all times. And when we touch a door handle if we miss it by a bit we know instantly how to correct to grab it correctly.

  44. Christa Dorsey

    Christa Dorsey6 days ago

    I would love to see a seeing eye spot. Manual brail buttons for actions or headset voice command.

  45. Suzanne Pfonne

    Suzanne Pfonne6 days ago

    Spot now needs a dinosaur skin to complete the look.

  46. Thomas Haakonsen

    Thomas Haakonsen6 days ago

    arent Adam Savage dead? i remember that was in the news...

  47. TheMsLourdes

    TheMsLourdes6 days ago

    Annd.. do you have the urge to scratch the arm tip like its his head? Cause I do ;)

  48. TheMsLourdes

    TheMsLourdes6 days ago

    Is it just an arm or meant to be a head like a dog for example.. because spot is alot more interesting with a neck and head. do they have any, essentially, animal modes so when he walks, he moves the arm like its a unified head for the unit?

  49. WiniestAunt6565

    WiniestAunt65656 days ago

    Put a gopro in spots mouth and he is a pro camerabot

  50. FVMoDs 112

    FVMoDs 1126 days ago

    The worlds most expensive claw game lol

  51. E D.

    E D.6 days ago

    So they can open doors to shoot ppl now.... That war with china in bout 5 years gonna be worse then ww1

  52. Truth or Bust

    Truth or Bust6 days ago

    That awkward moment when the robot is smarter than the human. Outswing... OUTSWING! That door opens outward! 😂🤣👍

  53. Randal Denver

    Randal Denver6 days ago

    Pretty awesome they are using this stupid thing to patrol poor neighborhoods in NYC. Good usf of tech.

  54. mayhem1712

    mayhem17126 days ago

    Perhaps a little too scary, or even tempting fate, but I’d love to see spot wielding on of those swords or even the stave!

  55. RoliTheOne

    RoliTheOne6 days ago

    Maybe they should just ask "push" or "pull" instead. :D

  56. riftalope

    riftalope7 days ago

    INSWING?!? I would have put strips on the outer struts to box in the design. But that's me.

  57. crazedSquidlord

    crazedSquidlord7 days ago

    spot needs a french maid outfit if youre going to have him clean up after you. though with the yellow, hes going to look like spongebob in that one episode.

  58. P1psk1nt1nkl3

    P1psk1nt1nkl37 days ago

    There's several mini Spots on thingiverse, is it possible to do a review on those?

  59. Jon Riordan

    Jon Riordan7 days ago

    Did the arm come out of Boston Dynamics, or does Hyundai have some hand in it?

  60. Jayee

    Jayee7 days ago

    What kind of mask does Adam use? I've been trying to find that mask since it contours around the bridge of his nose so well, giving it a nice seal.

  61. 2AHD Cat

    2AHD Cat7 days ago

    Adam... You're so dorkalicious, lol

  62. Quinn Oyer

    Quinn Oyer7 days ago

    Why was I waiting for it to grab a sword off the rack and start swinging it.

  63. Rafael Rigues

    Rafael Rigues7 days ago

    Wait a minute: do you have a RULER tattooed to your arm? 😱

  64. Puxy Dow

    Puxy Dow7 days ago

    Is it weird that I was thinking that this would be an awesome documentairy of robototica evolution and history? Imagining sentient robots looking back at this, comparing themselves to the past.

  65. CrunchyDogs

    CrunchyDogs7 days ago

    It won't be too long before this amazing achievement in robotics will seem quaint

  66. Russell Lucas

    Russell Lucas7 days ago

    Dear Adam Savage, please make it a scorpion costume! Thank you

  67. john haggett

    john haggett7 days ago

    its awesome but one thing im getting thats freaking me a bit is that edgy creepy feeling off when you first see that huge spider ,i have a fear of largish to crap spinal chord out size ones ,this triggers that ,omg but i cant stop looking....

  68. ian pershing

    ian pershing7 days ago

    put googly eyes on the bot.

  69. JD Russell

    JD Russell7 days ago

    I'd like to see them build robotics for space mining. Make a bubble around an Astroid,warm it and gather the nitrogen out of it for Mars.

  70. Henry Livingstone

    Henry Livingstone7 days ago

    Give that thing voice recognition and ai and soon WE will be serving THEM 😂😂😂

  71. David Jackson

    David Jackson7 days ago

    It was an outward swinging door! Error found between keyboard and chair lol

  72. Zak

    Zak7 days ago

    go to 21:09 and pause xD

  73. Tim Long

    Tim Long7 days ago

    You're definitely right about the uncanny valley thing. Without the arm Spot was outside the valley. The arm puts him firmly inside it.

  74. eXa12

    eXa127 days ago

    incredible technology that would benefit all kinds of people remarkably... and it's going to be used by pigs to attack marginalised people

  75. Jonny Boy

    Jonny Boy7 days ago

    Am i the only one thinking it was going to reach out and just grab his junk at any moment...

  76. Richie Johnson

    Richie Johnson7 days ago

    I'm surprised the military hasn't picked this up

  77. Harkins Aquatics

    Harkins Aquatics7 days ago

    I still want to see one dressed up as a baby Brontosaurus. It's the first thing I thought of when I saw it.

  78. theaceofhearts36

    theaceofhearts367 days ago

    Man, imagine--someday people won't need highly-trained support-dogs, they can have robotic support animals to pick up trash or open doors to help the disabled! Perhaps someday something like Spot could even double as a movement device, riding it like a robot-horse. :O

  79. Thijs Peeters

    Thijs Peeters7 days ago

    This is a link to a lego site if we get 10k votes we spot might become a real lego set

  80. Gerard Gallagher

    Gerard Gallagher7 days ago

    @8:14 -"After taking out the Iron Giant,Wall-E is next"!

  81. Laura Haaima

    Laura Haaima7 days ago

    Dog thinks, I'm replaced, never seen my boss so happy :(

  82. UnicornHunter MC

    UnicornHunter MC7 days ago

    Inswing means it should swing towards the robot

  83. UnicornHunter MC

    UnicornHunter MC7 days ago

    Make tiny roller skates for it.

  84. Rockwell Secrest

    Rockwell Secrest7 days ago

    Creeps me the fuck out haha

  85. j.k.b

    j.k.b8 days ago

    This looks like a demodog

  86. Johannes Dolch

    Johannes Dolch8 days ago

    So let me get this straight: You are showcasing the new arm in front of a row of Sword and at no point does the Arm grab a sword. Talk about blue balls.

  87. rip snort

    rip snort8 days ago

    Get a room man me next though 🤪

  88. CyberWolf

    CyberWolf8 days ago

    Its too bad they're already selling these to police departments. I've lost all respect for Boston dynamics

  89. KnuckleHunkybuck

    KnuckleHunkybuck5 days ago

    It's just a matter of time before they become the real-life equivalent of the robotic guard dogs from the Black Mirror episode "Metalhead".

  90. datanotfound

    datanotfound8 days ago

    doggy :)

  91. Arcade Alchemist

    Arcade Alchemist8 days ago


  92. Red Baran

    Red Baran8 days ago

    The military industrial complex thanks you

  93. Barbara Smith

    Barbara Smith8 days ago

    My I conjecture that he Uncanny Valley component is what may stop us from being lulled into a false sense of complacency and then allowing them to become our overlords? Spot is lovely. Spot is magnificent. Spot is a lethal weapon. I am good with Uncanny Valley.

  94. Ayden Beeson

    Ayden Beeson8 days ago

    i felt that "kids not picking up their own shoes" comment deeply

  95. Marlin Somers

    Marlin Somers8 days ago

    Giraffe dog

  96. Standard AI

    Standard AI8 days ago

    Imagine this thing with a machine gun that moves instead of an arm... We could send them in to war zones instead of soldiers.

  97. ArchieRM

    ArchieRM8 days ago

    Then give me one of those large enough to ride.

  98. Benjamin Morgan

    Benjamin Morgan8 days ago

    This robot is smarter than some member of congress. I for one, welcome our new robotic overlords.

  99. Rick Rubenstein

    Rick Rubenstein8 days ago

    Boston Dynamics: "Hm, these robots are cool, but people still seem to find them unsettling. I know what will fix that! A long, omnidirectional neck with a claw for a head!"

  100. Katy Leanne

    Katy Leanne8 days ago

    In = towards Out = away from Was an out swing door

  101. masterimbecile

    masterimbecile8 days ago


  102. ussarn g

    ussarn g8 days ago

    Spot is one of the coolest I've ever known anyone to have.

  103. feranoks

    feranoks8 days ago

    Epidemy of "GOOD BOI"

  104. Mike Vegeto

    Mike Vegeto8 days ago

    these are way less coll now that they're being used as police surveillance robots

  105. Yao Ming

    Yao Ming8 days ago

    Adam is smart. But trying to pick up rolling tape was the dumbest thing u could've first tried lmfao

  106. Bravo 12 Productions

    Bravo 12 Productions8 days ago

    Give him a sword. Give him a sword! GIVE HIM A SWOOOORRRD!!!!

  107. BlackCell22

    BlackCell228 days ago

    Does anyone remember the gaming glove fom the late 90's? Or the "hyper reality probe" glove controls from SeaQuest DSV? I cant believe this robot doesnt have immersive VR augmented reality controls like that yet. Imagine controlling his arm and head, with your arm and hand and puppeting your fingers open and closed to control his mouth, with force feedback vibration ion the gloves to simulate how tight you are gripping something.