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16 May 2018, 02:22 | Dale Webster
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Given a shout-out by Amazon chief Jeff Bezos early this year when he posted a picture of himself striding alongside a canine cyborg, SpotMini is small four-legged nimble robot that can handle objects, climb stairs and operate in an office setting.
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.
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. Monikered SpotMini, the tenth and final iteration of the robot is now in pre-production stage and will hit the shelves in 2019. Boston Robotics is a pioneer in the robotics field and one of the most advanced in the area. Founder Marc Raibert says that the company's dog-like SpotMini robot is in pre-production and preparing for commercial availability in 2019. The robot, described as "the world's most dynamic humanoid" on the Boston Dynamics website, runs at a slow-but-steady pace over grass, up a slight incline and then stops in front of a log. Atlas steadies himself, bends his "knees", raises his "arms" and nimbly hops over the log, landing without a wobble.
The SpotMini was introduced in 2017 and has the same design as its larger "bigger brother" Spot shown in the video below. Weighing just 30 kg, this battery-powered robot can carry payloads that measure half its weight on the scale and go 90 minutes on a single charge.
Boston Dynamics was founded in 1992 after being spun out of MIT. He said Boston Dynamics still hasn't figured out how to make money from Atlas yet.
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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