Boston Dynamics shows off running robot

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

No word yet on when the robot will be available for purchase.

At a TechCrunch robotics event on Friday, Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert announced its robotic dog SpotMini is now in "pre-production". The company is going to work with its manufacturing partners to increase the production of the robot before it starts selling the SpotMini in 2019. He didn't say how much the SpotMini will cost.

And now, we're a step closer to being able to see the action of this robot up close and personal.

The SpotMini now comes with a terrifying appendage, one so incredibly versatile that the feared robot apocalypse now seems more "when" than "if".

In the first SpotMini video from 2016, we're shown the original robot performing various chores around the house, including loading up the dishwasher and throwing away trash.

In this instance, SpotMini uses cameras to autonomously navigate through an office and lab facility, including walking up and down stairs and navigate obstacles.

At Amazon's robotic conference earlier this year, CEO Jeff Bezos posted a photo of him walking with one of the Boston Dynamics robot dogs. The videos it has released of the SpotMini have shown the robot navigating around an office on its own, opening a door for a second SpotMini robot, and even resisting interference by a human.

In another new video, the Humanoid Atlas robot - which is almost five feet tall - is seen jogging outside on grass and jumping over a log. The terrain outside is uneven, and elevated at certain points.

The dog-like robot that can open doors and haunt humanity's dreams is now coming to a home near you.

Boston Dynamics was bought from Google's parent company, Alphabet, by Japanese firm SoftBank in August past year, but it looks as though developments are surging ahead.

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