Boston Dynamics will start to sell robots-dogs

Boston Dynamics will start selling its dog-like Spot Mini robot in 2019		
		
	Lucas Matney

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"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. 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.

Toward that end, he also showed the conference a video of Atlas, a two-legged robot that has learned how to sort and pick up packages, jump up and off blocks, jog and perform back flips. Monikered SpotMini, the tenth and final iteration of the robot is now in pre-production stage and will hit the shelves in 2019.

The one detail that many would likely be most interested in hasn't been revealed by Raibert as yet. After almost three decades, Boston Dynamics will finally begin selling its robots, beginning with none other than the SpotMini. "We have made 10 designs that are close to option for production".

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. It can operate for about 90 minutes on a charge.

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In the first SpotMini video from 2016, we're shown the original robot performing various chores around the house, including loading up the dishwasher and throwing away trash.

A robotics company known for its widely shared videos of nimble, legged robots opening doors or walking through rough terrain is preparing to sell some after more than a quarter century of research.

Boston Dynamics was founded in 1992 after being spun out of MIT.

Boston Dynamics has been developing a range of robots, each with their own skills. "We're also looking at construction".

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