Watch: Boston Dynamics Looking to Produce 1,000 Dog-like Robots Per YearJonathan Fuller | July 23, 2018
Robotics pioneer Boston Dynamics says it plans to go mainstream with its dog-like SpotMini robot next year. The company hopes to produce 1,000 robots annually by July 2019, according to a July 21 report by Inverse.
SpotMini is a miniature version of the company’s Spot robot, which was introduced in 2015. The four-legged SpotMini, which was introduced two years ago, weighs around 66 lb, has a battery life of around 90 minutes and can carry a 30 lb payload.
Boston Dynamics president and founder Marc Raibert said that SpotMini could find a niche in construction, delivery, security and home assistance applications.
“The SpotMini robot…is one that was motivated by thinking about something that could go in an office — in a more accessible place for business applications. Or in a home, eventually,” Raibert said in a May interview with TechCrunch.
Boston Dynamics is well known for its humanoid robot Atlas, which can walk on uneven terrain, right itself after falling over and even perform jumps and backflips. SpotMini would be the company’s first commercial offering.