Buy your future overlord: Creepy robot dog SpotMini up for sale soon

Boston Dynamics will start selling its dog-like Spot Mini robot in 2019		
	Lucas Matney

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Boston Dynamics will start selling its dog-like Spot Mini robot in 2019 Lucas Matney 7 hours

The creators of the SpotMini - the four-legged (and zero-headed) robot that is gaining global fame for its increasingly sophisticated skills - are ready to make them commercially available.

"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", Raibert said.

The arm rests atop the SpotMini, and functions more like a pincer claw.

At a TechCrunch robotics event on Friday, Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert announced its robotic dog SpotMini is now in "pre-production".

The SpotMini now comes with a terrifying appendage, one so incredibly versatile that the feared robot apocalypse now seems more "when" than "if".

It's unclear how much the robots will cost or who will be eligible to purchase them. "We have made 10 designs that are close to option for production". The first version of the SpotMini walked, rolled over and even put objects in a dishwasher.

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Robotics company Boston Dynamics has released countless videos which reveal just how far along it has come with its technological advancements since its early days. Last year, it was revamped and can now walk by itself using autonomous navigation.

The company also released new video this week of the SpotMini and its humanoid robot Atlas showing off new moves such as running outdoors and navigating autonomously.

The 5-foot tall machine can jog and jump over logs, all on its own.

Atlas can also open doors, lift objects like boxes and do a backflip.

Boston Dynamics was bought from Google's parent company, Alphabet, by Japanese firm SoftBank in August a year ago, but it looks as though developments are surging ahead.

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