Boston Dynamics SpotMini to Start Selling in 2019

Boston Dynamics SpotMini to Start Selling in 2019

Boston Dynamics, the Massachusetts-based company that builds increasingly sophisticated robots that enjoy opening doors, has released two more videos of its robots doing very clever things that will definitely not come back to haunt humanity at a later date.

"The SpotMini robot is one that was motivated by thinking about what could go in an office - in a space more accessible for business applications - and then, the home eventually", Raibert said.

The result? Spot aces it, including some particularly challenging stairs, and all while looking like a training video for the actual "Black Mirror" episode we mentioned above.

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

It's unclear how much the robots will cost or who will be eligible to purchase them.

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".


"During the autonomous run, SpotMini uses data from the cameras to localize itself in the map and to detect and avoid obstacles", the company said.

The four-legged robot extends its mechanical arm, turns the door handle and opens it, letting both robots through. It weighs in at 66 pounds and can go for around 90 minutes on a single charge.

Boston Dynamics said the company has plans with contract manufacturers to produce the first 100 SpotMinis later this year for "commercial purposes". It also takes a tumble on a banana skin, suggesting at least one way we humans can defend ourselves against any upcoming robot rampage.

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

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

Related News:

  • 'Lost' asteroid to pass closely May 15

    'Lost' asteroid to pass closely May 15

    The asteroid will fly over the earth at a staggering 28,000 miles per hour and it will be between 60 and 130 meters. Our display will update every five seconds", Guy Wells , the founding member of the observatory, told EarthSky .
    Iran's Zarif in Moscow as Russia moves to save nuclear deal

    Iran's Zarif in Moscow as Russia moves to save nuclear deal

    Zarif arrived in Beijing on Sunday for the first stop of his tour, ahead of visiting Moscow and Brussels in the coming days. Tehran said it will preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Russian Federation despite Washington's decision to withdraw .
    Xerox ends Fujifilm deal in win for Carl Icahn

    Xerox ends Fujifilm deal in win for Carl Icahn

    Icahn and Deason had opposed Fujifilm's takeover, arguing it undervalued Xerox, and had called for Jacobson's resignation. Xerox ended the planned $6.1 billion deal with Fujifilm Holdings and reached a settlement with the activist investors.
  • Siddaramaiah, not a natural choice for CM if Congress wins Karnataka

    Siddaramaiah, not a natural choice for CM if Congress wins Karnataka

    JD (S) chief ministerial candidate HD Kumaraswamy has gone to Singapore, and the reason for his travel could not be ascertained. Congress state President Dr.G Parameshwar has also said that they are open to the idea of Dalit Chief Minister .
    Mike Ashley wants Rafael Benitez to remain in charge at Newcastle

    Mike Ashley wants Rafael Benitez to remain in charge at Newcastle

    He said: "I think this week, maybe there will be another conversation and we will see where we are for the next week". The billionaire - who wants United's manager to sign a new deal - made a similar pledge previous year .
    Hamas leader in brief Egypt visit ahead of Gaza protests

    Hamas leader in brief Egypt visit ahead of Gaza protests

    Israel says it has a right to defend its border and has accused Hamas of using the protests as a cover for attacking the border. Hamas has organized them mostly against an Israeli-Egyptian blockade in place since Hamas overran Gaza in 2007.
  • Hernandez, Hundley lead Giants to 5-0 win over Pirates

    Hernandez, Hundley lead Giants to 5-0 win over Pirates

    Nova (2-3) gave up four runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings and is 0-2 in five starts since beating Miami on April 15. Hundley sent reliever Richard Rodriguez's first pitch over the wall in left for a three-run homer and a 5-0 lead.
    Iraqi cleric al-Sadr leads in early vote results

    Iraqi cleric al-Sadr leads in early vote results

    Abadi , a rare ally of both the United States and Iran, came in third in six provinces but ran fifth in Baghdad. Until a new prime minister is chosen, al-Abadi will remain in office, retaining all his power.
    Karnataka polls over, petrol, diesel prices rise after 19 day freeze

    Karnataka polls over, petrol, diesel prices rise after 19 day freeze

    Under the dynamic pricing scheme, petrol and diesel prices are revised on a daily basis in sync with global crude oil prices. After the prices of petrol and diesel remained stable for the last almost 19 days it has been increased on Monday.
  • Milla Jovovich To Star In Monster Hunter Adaptation

    Milla Jovovich To Star In Monster Hunter Adaptation

    Milla Jovovich should be already known to most gamers as she was cast to be the main character in the Resident Evil film series. Due to the popularity of the video game series, we are now going to see a Hollywood version in a film adaptation .
    Carrick reveals who Man United's biggest rivals are

    Carrick reveals who Man United's biggest rivals are

    Lukaku, United's leading scorer in the league with 16, sustained an ankle injury in last month's victory over Arsenal and travelled back to Belgium to recover.
    Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger not staying on

    Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger not staying on

    Former Borussia Monchengladbach coach Lucien Favre is tipped to leave French side Nice to replace him. Peter Stoger was a surprising choice by Dortmund but only time will tell if it was the right one.


Most liked

SCOTUS Paves Way For Legalized Sports Betting Outside Nevada
It exempted Nevada , where sports betting has always been legal, along with sports lotteries in Delaware, Montana and Oregon. West Virginia and 17 other states, and the governors of three more, sided with New Jersey in the case.

Iran Welcomes Restoration of Peace, Security to Armenia
Alternation of power in Armenia may not mean a great change of the course of the country, Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser said .

Ken Early: Manchester City are their own best enemies
The stunning form of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang since completing a club record move in January does offer a glimmer of hope. I want the best for my friends and he's a friend of mine and I want the best.

Nepal ties scaled 'new heights' after PM Modi's visit, says Nepal's premier
Gehlot alleged that PM Modi's temple visits in Nepal were a violation of the poll code especially on the day Karnataka voted. Both the Congress and the BJP were trading accusations of indulging in unethical practices to woo the voters.

Bridge collapses into river in Kashmir; 3 dead, 15 missing
Around 25 tourists were swept away when a bridge over a water channel collapsed in Neelum Valley of Azad Kashmir on Sunday . The bridge which was located over the Jagran Nullah in Kundal Shahi area, collapsed as it could not withstand the pressure.

Nigerian Mother Sues United Airlines for Kicking Her, Children Out of Plane
When flight attendant couldn't resolve the conflict, Obioma agreed to take his spot to solve the matter, according to the lawsuit. She tried to explain she wanted to take her children to school in Canada but the crew members refused to let her board the plane.

Mother's Day Music: Andre 3000 Releases Two New Tracks For Mother's Day
The second track, " Look Ma No Hands " is a 17-minute jazz-influenced instrumental with assistance on the piano from James Blake . Titled "Me & My (To Bury Your Parents)" and " Look Ma No Hands ", the singles are part of an EP called Look Ma No Hands .

Simpson ties course record, takes 5-shot lead
I think I was ideal inside of 10 to 15 feet today and anywhere inside, which was probably the first time this year. I hit a lot of good, quality shots". "And the ball is flying forever in this humidity".

Flipkart's Big Shopping Days sale: Huge discounts, 100% cashback for 4 days
Samsung Galaxy S8: Discount of Rs 12,000 The Samsung Galaxy S8 is also available a pretty good discount during the four-day sale. Redmi 5 with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage is priced at Rs 8,999 during the sale with Amazon adding another Rs 8,001 off on exchange.

Pakistan played a role in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks: Nawaz Sharif
Afghanistans narrative is being accepted, but ours is not. "We must look into it", he said before speaking on the Mumbai attack. The Minister said it proved India's position that the handlers of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack were in Pakistan.

Over 70 flights diverted from Delhi due to dust storm
Traffic came to a crawl at several areas in Delhi as the strong wind picked up dust and swirled them around, reducing visibility. Just after the dust storm hit Delhi and the National Capital Region, Delhi, Gurugram and Noida received heavy to moderate rains.

Justice Qazi Isa questions CJP's decision of reconstitution of bench
The Congress, controlled by Duterte's allies, was due to vote on an impeachment complaint against Sereno next week. Sereno told the crowd: "Let's continue to defend the constitution and fight wrongdoing".

This is Congress party's Nawaz Sharif moment: BJP
Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Sitharaman wondered if Congress President Rahul Gandhi would follow suit in Chidambaram's case.

'Gotham' renewed at FOX for fifth and final season
Gotham now has 86 episodes under its belt, and the season 4 finale will make it 87. Well, fortunately, the series has managed to secure a fifth season pick-up.

Tesla with autopilot slams into truck stopped at red light in Utah
Police in Utah are investigating whether a fast-moving Tesla auto that rear-ended a fire truck on Friday was in autopilot mode. There was light rain falling and the roads were reported to have been wet at the time of the collision.