Boston Dynamics' dog-like SpotMini robots will go on sale in 2019

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

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On the same day, Boston Dynamics also uploaded another video of its Atlas robot. Atlas can also do a backflip, open doors and lift boxes.

What's so unnerving is the way that it runs, completely non-plussed by the rough terrain and even leaping over any obstacles that get in its way.

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.

SpotMini gets around with the help of cameras on its front, sides and one mounted on its rear - a position that Raibert calls the "butt-cam". Clearly, the company is making progress with its next generation robots and how they can navigate the world. While the company has often showcased advanced demos of its emerging projects, SpotMini has seemed uniquely productized from the start.

The four-legged robot weighs 25kg and can pick up and handle objects using its 5 degree-of-freedom arm and perception sensors.

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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.

At first, says Techcrunch, about 100 units of the dog-shaped robot will be manufactured and sold for a price that is yet to be announced.

Third-parties will be able to develop systems to mount to SpotMini for different applications, but Raibert said Boston Dynamics was working on a few systems itself. Most of Boston Dynamics' robotics research had been applied in the military until Google bought the Waltham, Massachusetts, company in 2013.

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

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