Spot, the impressive Boston Dynamics robot dog, is now on sale

Do you want a pet that does not mess or touch the terror on your neighbors? Then the Spot is for you: after several months of development, the impressive four-foot robot from Boston Dynamics was finally made available for sale.

Boston Dynamics Spot (Photo: Becca Farsace / The Verge)

Boston Dynamics Spot (Photo: Becca Farsace / The Verge)

Since June, the company has been talking about launching a commercial version of Spot. That day has come. But, despite the joke at the beginning of the post, not just anyone can buy it: only companies and organizations that present valid justifications for using it will be able to purchase one or more units.

Equipped with 360-degree sensors and cameras, the robot dog is able to explore uneven terrain, climb stairs, avoid obstacles and, in the event of a fall, even stand up alone.

Boston Dynamics Spot

Other features include locomotion at a speed of approximately 5 km / h, interchangeable battery with autonomy of up to 90 minutes and IP54 certificate – it is possible to use Spot in the rain, on the other hand, throwing it in the pool to scare children will probably it stops working.

Spot can be used to monitor areas, map spaces, load equipment or perform even more specific tasks, such as checking gas leaks in buildings – it is possible to add up to four hardware modules to the robot to give it additional functionality.

But it doesn’t go much beyond that. Although the videos suggest that Spot is autonomous enough to recognize and open a door, for example, the truth is the robot depends on specific programming to perform most of the tasks that are possible.

Bought by Alphabet (Google) in 2013 and sold to the Japanese group SoftBank in 2017, Boston Dynamics has for a long time focused on military projects. But the company says that is not the case here: Spot will not be used as a weapon. “We don’t want to see Spot doing anything that harms people,” says Michael Perry, the company’s vice president of business development.

Organizations interested in Spot can express their purchase intention on the company’s website Boston Dynamics. The company did not disclose the price of the robot dog.

With information: The Verge.

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