Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Boston Dynamics will start to sell robots-dogs

Boston Dynamics will start to sell robots-dogs

No word yet on when the robot will be available for purchase.

Marc Raibert, founder of the company Boston Dynamics, which created the robots, made the announcement Friday at the TechCrunch Sessions robotics conference at the University of California, Berkeley. The company will start selling the robots in 2019.

SpotMini is an advanced four-legged robot from Boston Dynamics, who's made quite a name for themselves over the years by posting videos of their robots running around, autonomously following instructions while often being cruelly hit with sticks to determine how well they can handle obstacles.

The SpotMini "comfortably fits in an office or home". "We've built them in house but with help from contractor/manufacture type people". That's why the robots so confidently scaled the stairs, while staying clear of the edges.

The first version SpotMini walked, skated, and even placed items in the dishwasher. Last year, it was revamped and can now walk by itself using autonomous navigation.

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

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At Amazon's robotic conference earlier this year, CEO Jeff Bezos posted a photo of him walking with one of the Boston Dynamics robot dogs. The robot will also scan its surroundings in real-time to help it avoid collisions.

The robots are increasingly able to move in a natural, smooth way.

The 5-foot tall machine can jog and jump over logs, all on its own. The terrain outside is uneven, and elevated at certain points.

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

Boston Dynamics was bought from Google's parent company, Alphabet, by Japanese firm SoftBank in August a year ago, but it looks as though developments are surging ahead. The price was not disclosed.

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