Robot Dogs Are Remarkably Easy To Defeat Thanks To These Weak Spots

Twitter user @LenKusov actually published a list of all the ways you could thwart the robot dog and it’s actually pretty pathetic how easy it is.

You can take your pick out of the following: pressing its completely unguarded and easy to access power button; ripping out its battery; shooting it; or even just throwing a blanket over the top of it to block its optical signal. A WiFI jammer would serve the same purpose if you’re baller enough to have one on your person and it’s also worth noting that the battery life on one of them isn’t that long, so if you just hide for a while then it will probably end up running out of juice.

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Here’s some more detailed information about each one of those points:

According to @LenKusov: “PSA: if you or someone nearby are being brutalized by a police Spot robot and can get a hand or something underneath, grab this handle and yank it forward. This releases the battery, instantly disabling the robot.

Keep your hands away from joints, Spot WILL crush your fingers.”

“If you are a bystander and can get BEHIND spot, don’t hit the power button, hit the OTHER button – it physically disconnects the motors.”

“Spot can also be countered with booby traps easily.”

“If you’re armed, shoot center-of-mass as normal. The lithium pack is huge and not armored”


“Spot is also purely optical, meaning paint, dust, a sheet or blanket, sticky tape, etc can severely impair it.”

“Original stereo cameras on the face. 360 camera, pan/tilt/zoom cam, and LIDAR rangefinders on accessory rails.”


“If you’re feeling creative, and can prepare beforehand, Spot is literally just controlled with an Android tablet. In manual (as in, non-autonomous) mode, Spot is literally just communicating over Wifi.”

“A WiFi jammer based on an ESP2866 is $40 on Amazon, just sayin.”

“Ostensibly, Spot was never meant to see combat – at least the current iteration of it.

There is, of course, military versions in the works that probably get rid of most of these vulnerabilities but police departments are buying the civilian ones just cause they can.”

“The quick-change batteries, safety cutout, wifi control, etc make plenty of sense for the ADVERTISED usage cases of disaster recovery, warehousing, power plant maintenance, HAZMAT, EOD, etc as this isn’t even supposed to get within 2 meters of anyone while running.”

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/04/robot-dogs-are-remarkably-easy-to-defeat-thanks-to-these-weak-spots/

Artist Using Photoshop Technique to Manipulate Bizarre Christmas Photos With Her Beloved Dog

Using Photoshop technique, Jen Hack manipulated some bizarre Christmas photos from the early 20th century with her beloved dog Yukon.

More: Instagram h/t: vintag.es

“Because of Covid, we didn’t get to do our annual photo with Santa. But I did discover that digital Santa backgrounds are a thing so you can photoshop your kid with Santa to pretend that 2020 wasn’t, like, a dark and strange time. I took it one step further to reflect the truly bizarre year it’s been. I had way too much fun with this,” he says.

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/12/artist-using-photoshop-technique-to-manipulate-bizarre-christmas-photos-with-her-beloved-dog/

This Artist Turns His Dog And Himself Into Adorable Cartoon Characters

A well-known American digital artist named Ross Tran has over 1 million followers on Instagram and 1.2 million subscribers on YouTube. He has gained popularity by creating amazing artwork of known characters and creating step-by-step tutorial videos on how he does it. He has even worked for Walt Disney Pictures. More: Ross Tran, Instagram, Facebook, DeviantArt h/t: boredpanda Ross has an amazing...

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Me My Dog And I: 30 Lovely Vintage Jack Russell Photographs

Between 1966 and 2008, native New Yorker Libby Hall collected over 900 photographs of dogs, circa 1850 to 1940. Generous of heart and deed, Libby donated her collection to the Bishopsgate Institute, in London, the city she’s called home since moving there with her husband in 1967. In this gallery we’ve honed down her collection to one breed of dog: the Jack Russell. Full disclosure.

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Woman Wears Bizarre Costumes While Walking Her Dog During The Quarantine And He Looks Embarrassed

Dancer Clare Meardon from West Cornwall in the UK has been dressing up in different jaw-dropping costumes to walk her dog Hendrix. She’s been doing this since the start of April after her friend dared her to mix it up and step outside in unusual clothes. Now, Clare’s making all of us smile with video clips filmed by her husband Aidan. More: Facebook h/t: boredpanda Some of the costumes that the...

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This Dog Recreated Madonna’s Iconic Photos, And It’s Brilliant

Vincent Flouret, a French fashion photographer from Paris, has been working on a project recently that is very close to his heart; it features his beloved dog Max recreating Madonna’s iconic photos. The attention to detail is unbelievable! More: Instagram h/t:

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Bizarre Beauty Pageants: Vintage Photos Of Hot Dog Queens From The Mid-Century

When we think of beauty pageants, we think of doe eyes, blond ringlets, and tiny waists; the bizarre ritual of choosing the most beautiful woman in the room seems antiquated and oppressive. But it turns out that prior to Women’s Liberation, pageantry was an even more surreal and shocking part of the American experience. And hot dog beauty queens from the mid-century are examples… h/t: vintag.

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Rare Photos Of Hachiko, The World’s Most Loyal Dog

Hachiko, a golden brown Akita, was born on November 10, 1923 at a farm located in Ōdate, Akita Prefecture, Japan. In 1924, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the Tokyo Imperial University, took Hachikō as a pet and brought him to live in Shibuya, Tokyo. h/t: vintag.es Ueno would commute daily to work, and Hachikō would leave the house to greet him at the end of each day...

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Japanese Food Stall Staffed By An Adorable Shiba-Inu Dog

Food stalls in Japan have apparently gone to the dogs. The aptly-named “Dog’s Sweet Potato Shop”, a small kiosk selling roasted sweet potatoes, in Sapporo, Japan is manned (dogged?) by a three-year-old Shiba-Inu dog. More: Twitter h/t: odditycentral Japanese Twitter user @hina_shii_ver2 first learned about the unique “Dog’s Sweet Potato Shop” in her home city of Sapporo earlier this month...

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The Weird World of Competitive Dog Grooming

Feast your eyes on the most outlandish pooches you are ever likely to spot courtesy of America’s most extreme dog grooming competitions. Some people really shouldn’t be allowed to own pets… What do you think? Leave your opinion in comments. h/t:

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