One of the most famous robot development companies, Boston Dynamics, will begin selling its robots in 2019. Since its foundation in 1992, the company has completed several orders for . But in 2015 the military...
One of the most famous robot development companies, Boston Dynamics, will begin selling its robots in 2019. Since its foundation in 1992, the company has completed several orders for DARPA. But in 2015 the military refused to use the developments of Boston Dynamics, since the command was not satisfied with the capabilities of the robots. Among the company's military models – the four-legged robot “BigDog” that can deliver cargo in rough terrain, an anthropomorphic robot called “Atlas”, and the “Handle” model which has wheels on its hind legs. The first models ran on internal combustion engines, but later the company completely switched over to electricity.
In 2017, the company bought the Japanese holding SoftBank and now Boston Dynamics is entering the private market. At the end of the year, a new version of the robot-dog “SpotMini” appeared. It received a new body and its movement became much more natural. This model will be the first to go on sale to the public. Developers have managed to significantly improve the navigation of the robot and at the same time to reduce the cost by ten times. You can place additional equipment, such as a mechanical arm or cameras, on the SpotMini's back. By the end of 2018 the company will produce the first batch (100 units), and in 2019 they will start mass production. The cost of the robots is still unknown.
Probably the first private owner of “SpotMini” was the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, who appeared with his new pet at the MARS conference.
In two new commercials on its YouTube channel, Boston Dynamics demonstrated “SpotMini” navigating autonomously inside a building with stairs and a lot of obstacles and the “Atlas” robot running around.
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