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Boston Dynamics' Spot robot goes up for sale

By T.K. Randall
September 25, 2019 · Comment icon 6 comments

It's officially here, but would you buy one ? Image Credit: YouTube / Boston Dynamics
The futuristic robotic dog, which is capable of some seriously impressive moves, is now available to buy.
For years, videos demonstrating the remarkable capabilities of Boston Dynamics' robotic creations have proven both compelling and disturbing in equal measure - showcasing not only how far the field of robotics has advanced but also what a robot-dominated future might actually be like.

Spot in particular has proven quite popular thanks to its quirky dog-like qualities, impeccable balance and remarkable flexibility in performing all manner of tasks in real-world environments.

Now businesses and private owners with money to spend ( think tens of thousands of dollars ) can finally get their hands on one of these robots for use in a variety of applications.
"We're putting Spots out into the wild as we speak," said Michael Perry, Boston Dynamics' Vice President of business development.

"Last month we started delivering robots to customers, as part of an early adopter program. The question we're posing to these early customers is 'what do you think spot can do for you that's valuable?' We had some initial ideas, but it's all our thinking and the hope is that this program will enable a whole new set of use cases."

You can check out a promotional video showcasing the robot's capabilities below.



Source: Tech Crunch | Comments (6)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by AllPossible 5 years ago
Pretty cool but he has no mouth. How will he protect me or bark when someone is knocking? Also when he jumps on the bed he'll probably puncture my water bed & cause a flood.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Jon the frog 5 years ago
A robot dog to walk your dog ! Awesome !
Comment icon #3 Posted by third_eye 5 years ago
It better be programmed to pick up it's own used batteries...  ~
Comment icon #4 Posted by moonman 5 years ago
It's cool but I'm wondering what the average company is supposed to do with it beyond showing it off like a toy. And how do you program it? Is it user friendly or do you need a dedicated code monkey to make it do anything useful?
Comment icon #5 Posted by bison 5 years ago
Perfect timing for hallowe'en! Throw a sheet over that thing, put a lighted jack o'lantern on its back, and have it lurch through the neighborhood. That'll creep people out...
Comment icon #6 Posted by Ebenezer_J_Booze 5 years ago
Now that's a good but expensive puppy.  Have been checking out Spot's evolution during all these years. The robots at the end of 21st century will be amazing! Of course if mankind just doesn't wipe itself out before that. Or get back to the stone age by the aftermath of World War III or something like that, if complete extinction is avoided? Just had to include this video, even it has nothing to do with the subject - it's from the finest Finnish thrash metal band there has ever been, Stone:    


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