Man’s Best Robotic Friend

Man’s Best Robotic Friend

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The days of cleaning up after your dog are over, because the Boston Dynamics robot dog may soon be available for purchase.

It’s name is SpotMini and it shocked viewers this year when a video showing the robot opening a door was published online.  It was able to open the door and hold it open for another robot using its extendable claw.

Founder of Boston Dynamics, Marc Raibert announced that the company will manufacture 100 SpotMinis this year in preparation to sell the robot next year.  However, he did not comment on the robot’s cost.

The robot can navigate its surroundings autonomously.  The robot creates a map of its surrounding after a human operator drives the robot around.  It learns to walk around a space by itself.

Raibert says that Boston Dynamics is developing uses for the robot including surveillance.  He predicts that users will be able to customize SpotMini to meet their specific needs.

Story via Huffington Post

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