SpotMini: headless robotic dog to go on sale in 2019

SpotMini: headless robotic dog to go on sale in 2019

Boston Dynamics, a US-based tech firm, plans to start selling its SpotMini robot next year, with the offering now in the pre-production stage.

The dog-like robot that can open doors and haunt humanity's dreams is now coming to a home near you.

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.

Boston Dynamics describes the SpotMini as a "nimble robot that handles objects, climbs stairs, and will operate in offices, homes and outdoors".

To successfully navigate the campus, Boston Dynamics said the SpotMini had to be "manually driven" through the office spaces, so that it's onboard computer could build a virtual map of the area.

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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. After almost three decades, Boston Dynamics will finally begin selling its robots, beginning with none other than the SpotMini.

The creators of the SpotMini - the four-legged (and zero-headed) robot that is gaining global fame for its increasingly sophisticated skills - are ready to make them commercially available. But the company said Friday that its smaller robot that looks more like a dog, called "Spot-mini" will be on the market next year. It can move around for up to 90 minutes on a single charge. While there's no word yet on price, the company has said that the SpotMini prototype was 10 times less expensive than its older sibling. It also takes a tumble on a banana skin, suggesting at least one way we humans can defend ourselves against any upcoming robot rampage.

Third-parties will be able to develop systems to mount to SpotMini for different applications, but Raibert said Boston Dynamics was working on a few systems itself.

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

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