SpotMini, the dog-like robot that scared many people as a viral video showed it was opening a door, is set for commercial sale in the not-too-distant future.
Marc Raibert, founder of Boston Dynamics, which developed the robots, announced Friday's announcement at the robotics conference TechCrunch Sessions at the University of California at Berkeley. Raibert said the company plans to produce 100 SpotMinis this year as a "prelude" to a "higher production rate" to sell the product next year. He did not say how much the robot could cost.
SpotMini hit the headlines in February after Boston Dynamics released a video titled "Hey Buddy, can you give me a hand?" Published. The video shows one of the four-legged, yellow-and-black robots with an extendable claw that opens a door through which her companion, a cameraman who does not have the claw, can pass.
The video came just three months after an article in the Wall Street Journal titled "How to Survive A Robot Apocalypse: Just Close the Door" noted that no robots could open doors in a government-sponsored competition.
Raibert said at the conference that the company designed SpotMini, thinking about what might be possible in an office ̵
The robot can also autonomously navigate spaces, record them wirelessly, and as soon as a human operator manually moves the robot around a specific area, the robot can create its own" map "and find out how to walk it through the same location.
A not-so-terrifying Boston Dynamics video released on Friday showed the robot does just that.
How can people use SpotMini except they freak out their neighbors?
Raibert said that the company developed various applications for the bot, including a "monitoring package" "19659002" "Third parties can develop applications for it," he said.