Looking like their very own version of the 'Black Mirror' episode Metalheads, Boston Dynamics have swapped the TV show's unstoppable robot dog for their very own Atlas android. The company has now announced that it's going to start selling its SpotMini robot from next year.
The SpotMini now comes with a terrifying appendage, one so incredibly versatile that the feared robot apocalypse now seems more "when" than "if".
"The SpotMini robot ... is one that was motivated by thinking about something that could go in an office-in a more accessible place for business applications". Founder Marc Raibert says that the company's dog-like SpotMini robot is in pre-production and preparing for commercial availability in 2019. "There's a lot of factors that make this successful as a product, and we're working on all of those". It weighs in at 66 pounds and can go for around 90 minutes on a single charge.
Boston Dynamics describes the SpotMini as a "nimble robot that handles objects, climbs stairs, and will operate in offices, homes and outdoors". While there's no word yet on price, the company has said that the SpotMini prototype was 10 times less expensive than its older sibling.
The SpotMini was introduced in 2017 and has the same design as its larger "bigger brother" Spot shown in the video below.
Surprisingly, in 2017, the robot making company Boston Dynamics was taken over by Softbank, a Japanese based company from Alphabet which is a parent company of the tech giant Google.
Boston Dynamics was bought from Google's parent company, Alphabet, by Japanese firm SoftBank in August past year, but it looks as though developments are surging ahead.
Updated on May 13: The SpotMini will go on sale in 2019.