Earlier this year, [Boston Dynamics founder Marc] Raibert said the company planned to start selling its SpotMini robot dogs in 2019, and onstage this week, he said the company plans to produce about 100 of the robots by the end of this year. The goal is to begin mass production at the rate of about 1,000 robots per year in the middle of 2019.
[T]he robots will become the ubiquitous open-source platform for robots that Android has become for smartphones. He envisions the robots being modified to work in a range of fields, such as construction, security, last-mile delivery, and even helping out around the home.
[H]ow many of you want one of these soulless, metallic robot dogs carrying your laundry basket or dropping Amazon packages off at your front door? But some seem more realistic in the near-term. He showed off a demonstration of a SpotMini that had been fitted with cameras and programmed to patrol the corridors of a facility. Although there are already security robots, they’re generally slow, massive, and terrible at handling uneven terrain. SpotMini can easily manage staircases, and get around just about any object in its path.
Raibert didn’t get into how much these robots would cost.
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