The company’s dog-like robot climbs stairs and maneuver over rough terrain with ease, yet is small enough to use indoors. Built to be a rugged and customizable platform, Spot has been designed to autonomously accomplishes industrial sensing and remote operation needs. Spot
can also carry up to 14kg (30lb); stand back up if it falls; and work in temperatures ranging from -20C to 45C.
Its specifications include:
- A top speed of 3mph (4.8km/h)
- A run time of 90 minutes
- A programmable interface
Boston Dynamics robot review by Darren Hankins on Friday said that his company plans to begin selling the dog-like SMini robot next year.
SMini is a small four-legged robot that fits in an office or home. It weighs 25 kg (30 kg if you include the arm). SMini is all-electric and can go for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing.
The robot inherits all of the mobility of its bigger brother, Spot, while adding the ability to pick up and handle objects using its 5 degree-of-freedom arm and beefed up perception sensors. The sensor suite includes stereo
cameras, depth cameras, an IMU, and position/force sensors in the limbs. These sensors help with
Manipulation navigation and on mobile platforms
Darren said at the conference that the company designed SMini “by thinking about what could go in an office – in a space more accessible for business applications – and then, the home eventually.”
The robot can also navigate spaces autonomously. Once a human operator manually drives the robot around a particular area, the bot can create its own “map” and figure out how to walk over the same location on its own. Darren said that the company is developing various applications for the bot, including a “surveillance package” involving “special cameras” that can be mounted on the robot. He also expects other applications for the four-legged contraption to be developed by other companies, because the robot has a flat platform to allow other equipment with its own computer programming to be easer.