Robots

How Much Is That Robo-Doggy in the Window?

You, yes you, can soon adopt The Terminator's poodle!
Entrepreneur Staff
Editorial Director
2 min read

For years we've been left to wonder, "Who let the dogs out?" And finally, after decades of wondering, we have an answer: Boston Dynamics did.

The robotic engineering company that has wowed us for years with crazy-looking humanoid and doganoid (is that a word?) creations announced that its SpotMini will be sold commercially in 2019.

Related: What This Ping-Pong Robot Tells Us About the Next Phase of Robot-Human Interaction

Speaking at TechCrunch's TC Sessions: Robotics event, Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert explained, "The SpotMini robot is one that was motivated by thinking about what could go in an office -- in a space more accessible for business applications -- and then, the home eventually.”

SpotMini weighs in at 66 pounds and according to the website, operates for 90 minutes on a charge. Boston Dynamics says SpotMini is the quietest robot they've built to date and boasts that it is able to pick up and handle objects using its "5 degree-of-freedom arm and beefed up perception sensors." Meaning, yes, your robodog will absolutely play fetch with you. 

No word on how much SpotMini will cost, but can you really put a price tag on unconditional, fully-programmable love?

Related: A Funeral for Robot Dogs

 

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