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Newest Boston Dynamics Robot Runs And Jumps

Newest Boston Dynamics Robot Runs And Jumps

At a TechCrunch robotics event on Friday, Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert announced its robotic dog SpotMini is now in "pre-production". In February, we watched in abject horror as its four-legged SpotMini robot opened and scooted around doors easily.

Raibert unveiled the SpotMini plans at the University of California, Berkeley, during a TechCrunch conference focused on the rise of robotics and its potential to perform a wide range of tasks and jobs now handled by humans. Now, we've got video of Atlas' latest accomplishments: running and jumping. While the company has often showcased advanced demos of its emerging projects, SpotMini has seemed uniquely productized from the start.

Boston Dynamics, which is backed by Softbank Group, has many a skilled robots to flaunt. The device weighs around 66 pounds and can operate for about 90 minutes on a charge. There's no word yet on how much a SpotMini of your own would cost, but I'm guessing they're not going to be cheap.

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Boston Dynamics is reportedly planning to sell its SpotMini robot.

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

Engineers have succeeded in further refining Atlas's life-like motion, enabling the robot to smoothly take a jog across the tricky surface of a lawn and gracefully jump over a log.


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