Your next pet could be a Boston Dynamics robot

14 May, 2018, 04:59 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • Boston Dynamics' dog-like SpotMini robots will go on sale in 2019

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. The company is going to work with its manufacturing partners to increase the production of the robot before it starts selling the SpotMini in 2019.

"During the autonomous run, SpotMini uses data from the cameras to localize itself in the map and to detect and avoid obstacles", the company said.

On Monday, Boston Dynamics showed off the latest evolution of its upcoming robot dog, the SpotMini, which can actually open doors. Clearly, the company is making progress with its next generation robots and how they can navigate the world. "We've built them in house but with help from contractor/manufacture type people".

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

The first version SpotMini walked, skated, and even placed items in the dishwasher. After almost three decades, Boston Dynamics will finally begin selling its robots, beginning with none other than the SpotMini.

Also in the beginning of the year there was a photo of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, strolling with one of the robotic dog by Boston Dynamics.

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The video below shows how the SpotMini can autonomously navigate a specified route through an office and lab facility.

The 5-foot tall machine can jog and jump over logs, all on its own. In the 45-second clip, the robot approaches a door, grabs the handle, and successfully turns it. The terrain outside is uneven, and elevated at certain points.

Last year, Japan's SoftBank bought Boston Dynamics from Google's parent Alphabet.

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