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Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robot is slated to go on sale in 2019

Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robot is slated to go on sale in 2019

"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", Raibert said.

Boston Dynamics, the Massachusetts-based company that builds increasingly sophisticated robots that enjoy opening doors, has released two more videos of its robots doing very clever things that will definitely not come back to haunt humanity at a later date.

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.

SpotMini is an advanced four-legged robot from Boston Dynamics, who's made quite a name for themselves over the years by posting videos of their robots running around, autonomously following instructions while often being cruelly hit with sticks to determine how well they can handle obstacles. One of its more intriguing creations is the SpotMini robot which kind of looks like a dog.

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In the first SpotMini video from 2016, we're shown the original robot performing various chores around the house, including loading up the dishwasher and throwing away trash.

"Once the operator presses "GO" at the beginning of the video, the robot is on its own", Boston Dynamics added. The terrain outside is uneven, and elevated at certain points. While the robot has to slow down and gingerly approach the obstacle, it successfully completes the jump.

Atlas can also do a backflip, open doors, and lift boxes.

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.