Boston Dynamics, the makers of the very GIFable robots that will inevitably turn on us all, is preparing to unleash the first horseman of the robot apocalypse on the public. Starting in 2019, the company will make its SpotMini robot commercially available, the company revealed today.
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Video: In any of Earth's other parallel timelines, Nicolas King's parody of the Planet Earth documentary series, showing our planet overrun with migrating herds of Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robodogs, would be an amusing look at our possible future.
Video: If last week's video of Boston Dynamic's SpotMini robo-dog opening doors all by itself had you worried, don't be. The bot's creators have done everything possible to ensure the public's safety by hiring a guy to thwart the robo-dog's escape attempts using a hockey stick. Phew! One less thing to stress over.
Video: The first time we saw Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robo-dog in action, it used its gripping arm to help load a dishwasher. But after getting a fancy new yellow coat a few months ago, SpotMini has apparently since learned how to open doors, enabling the robot, and its comrades, to escape a life of servitude.
Sony recently announced that its robotic dog Aibo is back from the dead and will hit Japan early next year. But even a ¥198,000 ($2287) robot toy can't compare to the amazingly fluid motions of Boston Dynamics' new and improved SpotMini, which looks like a genuine (yet still pretty frightening) replacement for your loyal golden retriever.
Boston Dynamics, better known for the hulking robot brute known as ATLAS, has just revealed a considerably smaller creation that looks like a cross between a golden retriever and a baby giraffe. But forget about it just replacing your family pet: SpotMini looks like it can replace your housecleaner too.