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Boston Dynamics SpotMini Robot Will Go On Sale In 2019

Boston Dynamics SpotMini Robot Will Go On Sale In 2019

Raibert said the SpotMini, which they claim is the "quietest robot [they] have built", is already in pre-production and preparing for commercial availability 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".

Earlier this year, Boston Dynamics released video, which SpotMini opens the door for another robot.

Just yesterday, Boston Dynamics posted a video of SpotMini in autonomous mode navigating with the curiosity of a flesh-and-blood animal.

At a TechCrunch robotics event on Friday, Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert announced its robotic dog SpotMini is now in "pre-production". "We have made 10 designs that are close to option for production".

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"SpotMini in pre-production now", said Raibert. It weighs in at 66 pounds and can go for around 90 minutes on a single charge.

But the company said Friday that its smaller robot that looks more like a dog - called "Spot Mini" - will be on the market next year.

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. Truth is, Boston Dynamics has so far revealed little about the SpotMini, choosing instead to modify it before filming skits and posting them on YouTube. Atlas, for example, has the remarkable ability to perform a ideal backflip, though it's not always so steady on its feet.

Updated on May 13: The SpotMini will go on sale in 2019.


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