SpotMini: headless robotic dog to go on sale in 2019

SpotMini: headless robotic dog to go on sale in 2019

Just introduced a year ago, SpotMini is a newer improvement over their previous robotic dog, Spot.

Boston Dynamics, a US-based tech firm, plans to start selling its SpotMini robot next year, with the offering now in the pre-production stage. The videos it has released of the SpotMini have shown the robot navigating around an office on its own, opening a door for a second SpotMini robot, and even resisting interference by a human.

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

Boston Dynamics President Marc Raibert has confirmed at a conference that the company will start selling the SpotMini robot from next year. The device weighs around 66 pounds and can operate for about 90 minutes on a charge.

The SpotMini "comfortably fits in an office or home". While there's no word yet on price, the company has said that the SpotMini prototype was 10 times less expensive than its older sibling.

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Boston Dynamics said the company has plans with contract manufacturers to produce the first 100 SpotMinis later this year for "commercial purposes".

The most recent SpotMini design appears to incorporate sensors on the front and sides of its main body that help it understand its environment.

Founded in 1992, Boston Dynamics rarely reveals its plans except by posting YouTube videos that have impressed and terrified people.

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

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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