Boston Dynamics is known for building cool robots. In their latest build, they feature a robot dog that can do dishes, fetch beers and newspapers and even throw out garbage, to just to name a few tricks.
Its name? SpotMini, an all-electric-waterproof-super-quiet-65lbs-robot dog lasting 90 minutes with one charge. SpotMini is a smaller and younger spin off version of Boston Dynamics’ Spot, the 160lbs SpotMini predecessor designed for indoor and outdoor operations, and was also another variation of another project robot dog, BigDog.
BigDog is a 3 foot (0.91 m) long, 2.5 feet (0.76 m) tall military robot dog weighing in at 240 lbs (110 kg) and was a project funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) back in 2005. BigDog, also known as, AlphaDog was intended to evolve into a military mule for soldiers, helping reduce load and carry burden from soldiers’ backs but was discontinued for being too loud for combat.
Boston Dynamics was founded in 1992 and was a spin off of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created by engineer Marc Raibert and peers. Marc Raibert and Boston Dynamics was later acquired by Google X for a cool $500-million where it was then managed by Andy Rubin, the founder and CEO of Andriod Inc., who also was acquired by Google in 2005 for an alleged $50-million. Andy Rubin left Google in 2014 to start an incubator for hardware startups named, Playground Global.
The Boston Dynamics body of work shows us the disruptive potential of their innovations and the robotic ability to perform ‘middle-class’ jobs as well if not better than humans. Experts like professor Moshe Vardi forecast robots — similar to the ones Boston Dynamics invent — will take over most jobs within 30 years.
Google recently put Boston Dynamics up for sale in a ‘retreat from robotics’ however the Boston Dynamics YouTube channel documents the evolution of their work along with showcasing other interesting robotic inventions leading the way in four-legged locomotion learning, giving engineers insight on the relationships between motor learning, dynamic control, perception of the environment and rough-terrain locomotion.
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Source: Boston Dynamics