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A house isn’t a home without a robot dog

Boston Dynamics unveils SpotMini, its latest addition to the robot doggy!

Boston Dynamics continues to develop its robot dogs. A preview highlighted the launch of the SpotMini. The video shows its strong chassis and sensor housing with a black and yellow colour scheme.

SpotMini
Image Credit: Boston Dynamics

The robot’s agile movement is visible. Its angular legs enable it to jump around and perform a fast turn around a wall.

The robot was designed for domestic and professional use, as well as outdoors.

The robot dog was originally designed to climb stairs. In addition, it is also able to pick up and handle objects when combined with a 5kg arm.

The teaser trailer marks the company’s first development since Softbank acquired it back in June.

Previously, Boston Dynamics was part of Google’s parent company Alphabet.

The future of SpotMini

The business was on sale after it failed to meet attempts to fulfil US military contracts. However, the SpotMini is the most likely to be able to meet the criteria for a contract in the future.

This is due to the fact that it is the quietest robot so far, because it is all-electric, with no hydraulic parts.

None of Boston Dynamics’ previous inventions,¬†including Big Dog, were able to do so.

Boston Dynamics claims it can run for about 90 minutes on a charge. The company announced that the SpotMini is ‘coming soon’.

Source Boston Dynamics

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