Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Boston Dynamics to sell nimble, legged SpotMini robot

Boston Dynamics to sell nimble, legged SpotMini robot

Already, the company says that it has contracted manufacturers to build 100 SpotMinis later in 2018, and will then scale production so that they can sell units beginning next year.

In a recent video released by Boston Dynamics, Atlas, the world's most dynamic humanoid is seen ambling across a patchy outdoor terrain showcasing his ability to maintain balance while walking at a brisk pace. Atlas can also do a backflip, open doors and lift boxes.

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

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"We are now taking the next step, combining the principles of dynamic control and balance with sophisticated mechanical designs, cutting-edge electronics, and software for perception, navigation, and intelligence", the founders state on the company website. After almost three decades, Boston Dynamics will finally begin selling its robots, beginning with none other than the SpotMini.

At a robotics conference in California, the company's founder Marc Raibert announced that the slightly creepy SpotMini was now in pre-production and scheduled for large-scale production and general availability from middle of 2019.

While an uber-quiet, door-opening robot roaming around your home may not be the most comforting idea, the bot only has a battery life of about 90 minutes after charging, and it weighs about 66 pound - so in case of a machine uprising, you can probably just wait it out in a tree, as long as it hasn't learned how to climb them yet. It also takes a tumble on a banana skin, suggesting at least one way we humans can defend ourselves against any upcoming robot rampage.

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As highlighted in a recently published video, where the camera follows as SpotMini autonomously navigates a specified route through an office and lab facility. He said Boston Dynamics still hasn't figured out how to make money from Atlas yet.

The result? Spot aces it, including some particularly challenging stairs, and all while looking like a training video for the actual "Black Mirror" episode we mentioned above.

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