Boston Dynamics' dog-like SpotMini robot to start selling in 2019

Judy Cobb
May 14, 2018

On the same day, Boston Dynamics also uploaded another video of its Atlas robot. 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.

What's so unnerving is the way that it runs, completely non-plussed by the rough terrain and even leaping over any obstacles that get in its way.

On Thursday, Boston Dynamics showed how its upcoming robot dog, the SpotMini, can flawlessly navigate across an office campus - all on its own.

"SpotMini's development was motivated by thinking about something that could go in an office or accessible place for businesses purposes, or a home eventually", said Raibert on stage at TC Sessions: Robotics at UC Berkeley.

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And now, we're a step closer to being able to see the action of this robot up close and personal. First introduced past year, SpotMini is a quiet robot that weighs 66 pounds and can operate for 90 minutes on a single charge. Weighing just 30 kg, this battery-powered robot can carry payloads that measure half its weight on the scale and go 90 minutes on a single charge. At a TechCrunch conference last week, the company announced its plans to work with manufacturers to build about 100 dog-like robots.

In the first SpotMini video from 2016, we're shown the original robot performing various chores around the house, including loading up the dishwasher and throwing away trash.

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

Boston Dynamics was founded in 1992 after being spun out of MIT. Most of Boston Dynamics' robotics research had been applied in the military until Google bought the Waltham, Massachusetts, company in 2013.

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