Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Softbank-owned Boston Dynamics to sell robotic dogs next year

Softbank-owned Boston Dynamics to sell robotic dogs next year

Just introduced past year, SpotMini is a newer improvement over their previous robotic dog, Spot. Following on from the viral success of the dog that opened doors and went downstairs, the robotics company Boston Dynamics has now released a video of a model which can run with eerie similarity to a human.

After 26 years, Boston Dynamics is finally getting ready to start selling some robots.

The SpotMini now comes with a terrifying appendage, one so incredibly versatile that the feared robot apocalypse now seems more "when" than "if".

"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 onstage. Commercial availability is slated for 2019, as per an announcement from founder Marc Raibert at TechCrunch's TC Sessions: Robotics event at UC Berkeley.

The robot weighs around 66 pounds and it is able to operate for about 90 minutes for one-time charging.

A video shared by Boston Dynamics on Thursday shows the bot in autonomous mode, effortlessly navigating indoor and outdoor surroundings, obstacles and stairs like a real-life pup.

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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.

There is no word yet on pricing.

The SpotMini was introduced in 2017 and has the same design as its larger "bigger brother" Spot shown in the video below. The robot has also mastered the two-footed jump over a moderate obstacle, although it appears that climbing a tree will still help you evade the robots.

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

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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