Since June, h Boston Dynamics talks about a public release of Spot robot (formerly SpotMini), and today, he finally gave some more details. In fact, Spot is not for "wide" sales (aka expensive enough), but if you are one company with smart ideas and some money, you'll be able to get it.
Its capabilities have already been unveiled by the company in June, but it's impressive to see them in person.
Spot follows what your commands, avoids obstacles and maintains its balance under extreme conditions.
A dog-like robot can also carry up to four hardware modules on his back, making it a useful one tool for companies. For example, if you set it to check for gas leaks, you can install a methane detector. If you need connectivity over longer distances, you can connect a radio module. Boston Dynamics has already equipped the units with LIDAR rings by Velodyne for the creation 3D interior map. As the Spot is designed to operate in the rain, there are outdoor areas as well.
There's also the dance moves of Spot, which usually come programmed in an offboard computing module.
During testing, manufacturers recommend that you stay 2 meters away from the Spot to avoid hitting it. Boston Dynamics does not regard Spot as dangerous, but it is a reminder that the robot was not designed to interact with humans. At present, Boston Dynamics is focusing on uses in indoors and outdoors, so it is unlikely we will see a Spot wandering around the local retailer shortly.
Spot is still far from complete autonomy, despite the impression created by them video circulating. In other words, it does not have the intelligence to open the door itself. This model is quite shallow, recognizing, at present, default routes.
The truth is that there were many who commented negatively on Boston Dynamics' view of Spot's interaction with people, which remains an important question for the future of the project.
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