Boston Dynamics to Sell Dog Robot SpotMini in 2019

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Why settle for any old family pet when you can have a bionic dog?Engineering and robotics design company Boston Dynamics is reportedly preparing for a 2019 commercial launch of its canine-like SpotMini bot.“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. Or in a home, eventually,” company founder Marc Raibert said last week at TechCrunch’s TC Sessions: Robotics event.Small and nimble, the 2.75-foot-tall four-legged machine inherited the mobility of big brother Spot, with an added ability to pick up and handle objects using its claw-like arm and perception sensors.Considered Boston Dynamics’ “quietest robot” yet, SpotMini can carry a 30-pound payload while operating up to 90 minutes on a single charge.The first 100 commercial robots will begin production later this year, according to TechCrunch. Moving forward, the firm expects to scale production in hopes of selling the cyborg dog in 2019.There is no word yet on pricing. But Raibert boasted that the current prototype’s manufacturing costs are about ten times less than its previous iteration.“And we think we can go further,” he said, adding that the arm extension is an additional cost. “There’s a lot of factors that make this successful as a product, and we’re working on all of those.”During an on-stage demo, Raibert wowed the audience with an IRL SpotMini, led by operations manager Seth Davis. With cameras in its face and butt and embedded on both its sides, the robot can see where it’s going and detect obstacles to avoid.As highlighted in a recently published video, where the camera follows as SpotMini autonomously navigates a specified route through an office and lab facility.“We drove it through this space manually to build the map; it [collected] the data, it built the map itself,” Raibert said. “And now it can travel where there’s map data by localizing itself in the map.”The best part: There’s no need to follow it around with a poop bag. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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