Boston Dynamics to start selling its dog-like robot next year

Gwen Vasquez
May 16, 2018

"The SpotMini robot is one that was motivated by thinking about what could go in an office - in a space more accessible for business applications - and then, the home eventually", Raibert said.

Boston Dynamics' SpotMini was introduced late a year ago and took the design of the company's "bigger brother" quadruped Spot. Atlas, the name given to this particular robot, can be seen jogging through a park before jumping over a log easily in a new video. It has scared some people though, as Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker specifically based the killer robots from the black and white episode "Metalhead" on SpotMini.

The SpotMini now comes with a terrifying appendage, one so incredibly versatile that the feared robot apocalypse now seems more "when" than "if". Founder Marc Raibert says that the company's dog-like SpotMini robot is in pre-production and preparing for commercial availability in 2019. The robot weighs about 66 pounds and can run for about 90 minutes on a charge. "There's a lot of factors that make this successful as a product, and we're working on all of those".

On its website, Boston Dynamics highlights that SpotMini is the "quietest robot [they] have built".

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There is no word yet on pricing. The company is going to work with its manufacturing partners to increase the production of the robot before it starts selling the SpotMini in 2019.

As highlighted in a recently published video, where the camera follows as SpotMini autonomously navigates a specified route through an office and lab facility.

The most recent SpotMini design appears to incorporate sensors on the front and sides of its main body that help it understand its environment.

He also mentioned the possibility of building robots to help with construction projects, though he didn't provide any further details about that ambition on Friday.

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