Boston Dynamics prepares to build its fearsome robot dogs According to a report in Inverse on Saturday, the company has set a target date in July 2019, as it is prepared to mill 1,000 of its compact annually Produce SpotMini models.
SpotMini is the smallest variant of Boston Dynamics models of Robo dogs, at about two feet, nine inches tall. It weighs "about 66 pounds" and has one and a half hours of battery life per TechCrunch, and the company has recently demonstrated all sorts of features, such as opening doors to other robots and increasingly complicated navigation capabilities. While the company had already announced that it would start commercial in 2019 with a limited number of robots already in pre-production, Inverse's report has some new details, such as the SpotMini becoming a multi-use platform  The overarching goal of the 26-year-old company is to become the Android operating system for mobile phones: a versatile foundation for limitless applications. That's the plan at all.
…. Last month's CeBIT Computer Expo Hannover [founder Marc Raibert] said Boston Dynamics has already tested SpotMini with potential customers in four categories: Construction, Delivery, Security and Home Assistance
… "We have We built ten pieces by hand at the end of the year, we will build 100 pieces with manufacturers at the end of the year, and by the end of 2019 we will be producing around 1000 pieces per year, "he said of SpotMini, of which a prototype had the stage at his feet.
The attachment point at which the robot arm of SpotMini, which originates from his body, could in the future contain a variety of attachments, "designed and manufactured by others," says Fortune, making it more versatile. For example, the arm could end up in place of a claw in a power tool or camera.
However, as Inverse noted, the company has endured criticism as a "tech industry curio" – especially at the time when Google launched it Open Market in 2016 before its later sale to Softbank Robotics in 2017. It claims that its numerous viral videos show teleoperation rather than machine learning that the technology to make the robots useful is not yet available, or that the opportunities are long to make them commercially cost-effective. (In 2015, the US military refused to buy an earlier model called BigDog that was supposed to carry ammunition or evacuate wounded troops and said it was loud enough to reveal the location of a unit.) SpotMini is likely to be in Running tens of thousands of dollars (19659006) A possible use for robots is home delivery, where robots are at least theoretically faced with fewer regulatory hurdles than Amazon and UPS plans to deliver unmanned aerial vehicle packages. But this approach creates its own problems, including that it would have to be cheaper than congested people to be able to navigate obstacles that are not static, such as pedestrians, dogs and traffic intersections, and perhaps ready for the chance that anyone could try to wrestle the package off the robot. Building sites might be even more difficult to safely use a SpotMini for human or robotic use, as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration classifies construction as one of the most dangerous industries.
Security seems to be one of the more plausible uses for the SpotMini, provided that all it really needs to do is run around, record things, and perhaps track down and report something weird. At a Softbank World presentation in Tokyo in 2017, Raibert showed a model equipped with a camera.
Inverse also hypothesized that the SpotMini or its potential successors could be used in the care of the elderly. This is usually so expensive that robots could be cost-effective:
In Japan, older people are preparing for robots to take care of them, and by 2025, "a shortfall of 370,000 caregivers is expected," reports The Guardian
Because Spot Mini is barely a meter tall, it's objectively less scary and could even look cute if it were to take care of your aging grandmother – get drinks and medicines and open their doors.
The Japanese robots in question are simpler tools, such as machines that lift older people out of bed, or intelligent mobility aids that automatically detect and level out gradients. And while SpotMini looks nice when getting food or medicines, he prefers not to pick the wrong ones and be able to, even if a random thing falls down in front of a door.
Definitely the robot of Boston Dynamics The army can soon roll off the production lines, whether or not it has anything more useful to do, as status symbols for the ultra-rich, navigating corridors, or perhaps backflips like their ATLAS cousin ,
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