Boston Dynamics has announced it will start selling its autonomous robo-dog, SpotMini, next year.
Speaking at a robotics conference in California last week, Boston Dynamic’s found Marc Raibert announced that the creepy robotic dog will go into production in 2019.
Videos released by the company previously showed SpotMini navigating its way around an office, climbing up stairs, opening doors and even fighting off a human attacker.
Mr Raibert hasn’t revealed how much SpotMini will cost but don’t expect to come cheap with initial production limited to just 100 units.
However, eventually the company to put SpotMini into mass production and sell them for use in everyday homes.
“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,” r Marc Raibert said at TechCrunch’s TC Sessions: Robotics event today at UC Berkeley on Friday.
SpotMini will initially be intended for use in a commercial environment and could be used to survey buildings, carry out security patrols or deliver goods.
Third parties will also be able to develop accessories and systems that mount on SpotMini.
“We have a surveillance package where we have special low-light cameras mounted on the back, there’s a camera mounted in the arm, and the computer can take user code,” said Raibert.
According to the company’s website, SpotMini weighs 25kg and can last for around 90 minutes on a single charge.
It includes a variety of sensors and cameras that help it navigate around a space and move.
SpotMini can move autonomously but can also be controlled by humans when high level guidance is required.