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

Boston Dynamics Plans to Start Selling Their Robot Dog 'SpotMini' Year

In a recent video released by Boston Dynamics, Atlas, the world's most dynamic humanoid is seen ambling across a patchy outdoor terrain showcasing his ability to maintain balance while walking at a brisk pace.

At a robotics conference in California, the company's founder Marc Raibert announced that the slightly creepy SpotMini was now in pre-production and scheduled for large-scale production and general availability from middle of 2019.

The creators of the SpotMini - the four-legged (and zero-headed) robot that is gaining global fame for its increasingly sophisticated skills - are ready to make them commercially available.

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"That's a prelude to getting into a higher rate of production" in anticipation of sales next year, Raibert said. Atlas, the name given to this particular robot, can be seen jogging through a park before jumping over a log easily in a new video. The company has now announced that it's going to start selling its SpotMini robot from next year.

The team set their robot dog SpotMini with the task of following a route around the building.

Atlas is an advanced robot created to look like a human - it has arms, legs and 28 joints and is able to mimic the movement of humans. It weighs in at 66 pounds and can go for around 90 minutes on a single charge. While there's no word yet on price, the company has said that the SpotMini prototype was 10 times less expensive than its older sibling. Truth is, Boston Dynamics has so far revealed little about the SpotMini, choosing instead to modify it before filming skits and posting them on YouTube. Most of Boston Dynamics' robotics research had been applied in the military until Google bought the Waltham, Massachusetts, company in 2013.

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