Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robot dog sales start in 2019

Boston Dynamics took the leashes off its robots Atlas and SpotMini

Boston Dynamics took the leashes off its robots Atlas and SpotMini

Inspired by the existing Spot robot, though significantly smaller as the name implies, SpotMini has four legs and an optional articulated arm that looks like a giraffe's neck.

Boston Dynamics used 3D printing to create the robot's parts, which resulted in a "remarkable compact robot with high strength-to-weight ratio and a dramatically large workspace".

Atlas was introduced in February of 2016 as a robot able to walk, pick up boxes, and catch itself after falling.

"SpotMini is in pre-production now", Raibert said. Boston Dynamics also recently released a video of a two-legged robot that successfully does backflips.

At Amazon's robotic conference earlier this year, CEO Jeff Bezos posted a photo of him walking with one of the Boston Dynamics robot dogs.

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Boston Dynamics explained that contract manufacturers will build the first 100 SpotMini units later this year for commercial use.

The company will start selling the dog-like robots in 2019, likely to businesses for use as a camera-equipped security guard.

The robotics company released this video of its insanely human-like robot named Atlas going out for some air - Boston Dynamics' own words, not ours. Once the operator presses "GO" at the beginning of the video, the robot is on its own. While the robot has to slow down and gingerly approach the obstacle, it successfully completes the jump.

Google bought the Waltham, Massachusetts, firm in 2013, then sold it a year ago to Japanese tech giant SoftBank.

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