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"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". It simply keeps moving, traveling from one building to another, and even walking up and down a flight of stairs.
Raibert said the SpotMini, which they claim is the "quietest robot [they] have built", is already in pre-production and preparing for commercial availability in 2019.
If you found yourself trembling with fear at the sight of Boston Dynamics' updated SpotMini dog-like robot when it bounded into view last November, then you're going to suffer a full-on meltdown when you see the latest version. "For instance, we have a surveillance package where we have special cameras that can mount on the back", Raibert said.
The most recent SpotMini design appears to incorporate sensors on the front and sides of its main body that help it understand its environment. Atlas, the name given to this particular robot, can be seen jogging through a park before jumping over a log easily in a new video.
"Once the operator presses "GO" at the beginning of the video, the robot is on its own", Boston Dynamics added.
Although the new video doesn't show Atlas doing anything drastically different from previous videos, it does show Atlas jumping forwards over an obstacle. The cameras fitted into the robot help it to navigate autonomously and avoid obstacles that may come on its way.
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.