Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Boston Dynamics shows off running robot

Boston Dynamics shows off running robot

In some ways, SpotMini is just like a regular dog, if your dog was made of metal and had an attachable claw arm that fit onto its back. Following on from the viral success of the dog that opened doors and went downstairs, the robotics company Boston Dynamics has now released a video of a model which can run with eerie similarity to a human.

Boston Dynamics, the builder of the BigDog robot for the USA military, never ceases to surprise us with its increasingly sophisticated robots.

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". Along with a manufacturing partner, Boston Dynamics is building 100 units this year for commercial use, which will be made available to purchase next year. It can move around for up to 90 minutes on a single charge.

The SpotMini is said to be "quietest robot [Boston Dynamics] has built". One of its more intriguing creations is the SpotMini robot which kind of looks like a dog.

"That's a prelude to getting into a higher rate of production" in anticipation of sales next year, Raibert said.

In the first SpotMini video from 2016, we're shown the original robot performing various chores around the house, including loading up the dishwasher and throwing away trash. Helping it see the world are cameras mounted on the machine's front, back and sides.

Atlas is one of the latest humanoid robots developed by Boston Dynamics.

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

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