Boston Dynamic started selling to any Spot company, a friendly robot dog that knows how to do a lot, from climbing stairs to opening the door so that another robot dog can follow its path. It starts at US $ 74,500 and the price goes up according to the extra accessories that can be inserted.
If you don’t know Spot yet, it is a quadrupedal robot that looks like a dog and can walk alone for up to 90 minutes on a single charge that takes two hours to recharge. It weighs 32.5 kilos and can easily carry a load of up to 14 kilos, which can chat with the internet through a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi antenna – it may seem slow, but this ensures greater range and will not be a problem in harsh environments.
It can operate at temperatures that start at minus 20 degrees and go up to 45 degrees, so you can use it in Brazil without any problem even in the summer. It walks at up to 5.76 kilometers per hour and can follow the path in rough terrain, climb mountains, take rain and avoid obstacles alone, thanks to sensors that are everywhere.
On your back you can have other sensors that are sold separately, such as a dome with more cameras that give a 360 degree view of the environment and enhance the remote control possibilities of the Boston Dynamics robot dog, or a GPU and / or upgrade CPUs that guarantee Spot’s greater capacity to work alone, with the help of artificial intelligence.
The company intends to start producing thousands of Spots as early as next year, but says that it can increase production even more according to the demand it receives. For now, sales are only to the United States and the limitation may be linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, which did not allow Boston Dynamics to manufacture 1,000 of these robot dogs in the middle of this year – it made 150 of them.
On the other hand, the virus outbreak increased the demand for products that are operated remotely or work autonomously, as is the case with Spot and simpler drones.
Spot has already been used by Boston Dynamics
We are not facing the first time the robot is used. Spot has already helped a Canadian company by reducing 20 hours of work per week when walking through a building while capturing thousands of images of the site. At Denver airport, in the United States, Spot used one of the accessories that allowed the mapping of the entire terminal to avoid delays in several projects.
Spot also has several possible uses, such as entering places that are at risk to the health of humans or even investigating a suspected bomb, without involving a person in this work.
He looks very good, if only to start Skynet.