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Boston Dynamics SpotMini Robot Will Go On Sale In 2019

16 May 2018

Boston Dynamics already has made 10 SpotMinis with plans to manufacture about 100 more for additional testing this year before going into mass production by the middle of next year, Raibert said.

In a recent video released by Boston Dynamics, Atlas, the world's most dynamic humanoid is seen ambling across a patchy outdoor terrain showcasing his ability to maintain balance while walking at a brisk pace.

Looking like their very own version of the 'Black Mirror' episode Metalheads, Boston Dynamics have swapped the TV show's unstoppable robot dog for their very own Atlas android.

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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.

In this instance, SpotMini uses cameras to autonomously navigate through an office and lab facility, including walking up and down stairs and navigate obstacles. The robot weighs about 66 pounds and can run for about 90 minutes on a charge.

"The SpotMini robot ... is one that was motivated by thinking about something that could go in an office-in a more accessible place for business applications".

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There is no word yet on pricing. The robot has also mastered the two-footed jump over a moderate obstacle, although it appears that climbing a tree will still help you evade the robots.

Founded in 1992, Boston Dynamics rarely reveals its plans except by posting YouTube videos that have impressed and terrified people. Atlas, for example, has the remarkable ability to perform a flawless backflip, though it's not always so steady on its feet.

He also mentioned the possibility of building robots to help with construction projects, though he didn't provide any further details about that ambition on Friday.

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

Boston Dynamics SpotMini Robot Will Go On Sale In 2019