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. Founder Marc Raibert said that SpotMini is in pre-production and will be ready for commercial availability in 2019. On the company's website, the robot is described as "a small four-legged robot that comfortably fits in an office or home".
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When the SpotMini will go up for sale isn't clear, but the company has been teasing its features in recent months, showing that the robot dog can also open doors with the help of an attachable robot hand. The company has now announced that it's going to start selling its SpotMini robot from next year.
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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". Already, the company says that it has contracted manufacturers to build 100 SpotMinis later in 2018, and will then scale production so that they can sell units beginning next year. It weighs in at 66 pounds and can go for around 90 minutes on a single charge.
Techtonic shift Founded in 1992 by an extraordinary team of engineers and scientists, Boston Dynamics was acquired by SoftBank previous year. It also takes a tumble on a banana skin, suggesting at least one way we humans can defend ourselves against any upcoming robot rampage.
Boston Dynamics has been developing a range of robots, each with their own skills.