Boston Dynamics Plans to Start Selling Their Robot Dog 'SpotMini' Next Year

Boston Dynamics' dog-like SpotMini robots will go on sale in 2019

According to Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert, the company is in the final stages of getting the SpotMini ready for the market as soon as next year.

In addition to the video of Atlas, Boston Dynamics also put out this clip of SpotMini, its robot dog with five times the utility and none of the cuddiliness.

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.

The SpotMini is said to be "quietest robot [Boston Dynamics] has built".

Atlas is an advanced robot created to look like a human - it has arms, legs and 28 joints and is able to mimic the movement of humans. First introduced previous year, SpotMini is a quiet robot that weighs 66 pounds and can operate for 90 minutes on a single charge.

The four-legged robot weighs 25kg and can pick up and handle objects using its 5 degree-of-freedom arm and perception sensors.

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"Once the operator presses "GO" at the beginning of the video, the robot is on its own", Boston Dynamics added.

"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 was quoted as saying by the source during TechCrunch's TC Sessions: Robotics event at UC Berkeley.

The company says it has plans with contract manufacturers to build the first 100 SpotMinis later this year for commercial purposes with them starting to scale production with the goal of selling SpotMini in 2019. It can operate for about 90 minutes on a charge.

Boston Dynamics was founded in 1992 after being spun out of MIT. It also takes a tumble on a banana skin, suggesting at least one way we humans can defend ourselves against any upcoming robot rampage.

In any case, we're looking forward to seeing the SpotMini in the flesh (or its robotic equivalent).

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