Boston Dynamics SpotMini Robot Will Go On Sale In 2019

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

What's always been most impressive about Boston Dynamics robots is how they can autonomously navigate around (and sometimes over) obstacles, and SpotMini has become very skilled at walking around indoors and outdoors, turning corners and walking up and down stairs all by itself upon simply hearing the word "go".

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

However, the bot doesn't swing the door wide open at first.

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

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Its other projects include Spot, a dog-like robot; Handle, a robot with legs and wheels, which can pick up heavy loads and manoeuvre over tough terrain; and WildCat, the world's fastest robot on four legs. But it's not just the arm that impresses, it's also the incredibly fluid and lifelike movement of the SpotMini. "We have made 10 designs that are close to option for production". After almost three decades, Boston Dynamics will finally begin selling its robots, beginning with none other than the SpotMini. While speaking at a TechCrunch event this weekend, Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert announced that 100 SpotMinis will be built for commercial purposes, and should be going on sale by 2019. "For instance, we have a surveillance package where we have special cameras that can mount on the back", Raibert said.

The SpotMini is said to be "quietest robot [Boston Dynamics] has built". It can operate for about 90 minutes on a charge. The first version of the SpotMini walked, rolled over and even put objects in a dishwasher.

Boston Dynamics has been developing a range of robots, each with their own skills.

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