Boston Dynamics will start selling its dog-like SpotMini robot in 2019

Cesar Mills
May 16, 2018

In addition to SpotMini, the company had unveiled Atlas, a humanoid robot that can do flips, pick up boxes and can now run.

Although the new video doesn't show Atlas doing anything drastically different from previous videos, it does show Atlas jumping forwards over an obstacle. Monikered SpotMini, the tenth and final iteration of the robot is now in pre-production stage and will hit the shelves in 2019.

The SpotMini now comes with a terrifying appendage, one so incredibly versatile that the feared robot apocalypse now seems more "when" than "if".

At the TechCrunch event dedicated to robotics, Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert on Friday announced that its robotic dog SpotMini already in the stage of "pre-production".

And now, we're a step closer to being able to see the action of this robot up close and personal.

Boston Dynamics describes the SpotMini as a "nimble robot that handles objects, climbs stairs, and will operate in offices, homes and outdoors".

There is no word yet on pricing.

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The video demonstrates what this can look like from the machine's point of view; it showed an internal map of the SpotMini navigating from one point to the next, fully aware it needed to turn a corner.

The company says it has plans with contract manufacturers to build the first 100 SpotMinis later this year for commercial purposes with them starting to scale production with the goal of selling SpotMini in 2019.

The most recent SpotMini design appears to incorporate sensors on the front and sides of its main body that help it understand its environment.

Techtonic shift Founded in 1992 by an extraordinary team of engineers and scientists, Boston Dynamics was acquired by SoftBank past year.

Boston Dynamics has been developing a range of robots, each with their own skills.

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

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