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Your next pet could be a Boston Dynamics robot

    Abdulaziz Sobh
    By Abdulaziz Sobh

    Categories: Technology


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    At a TechCrunch robotic event on Friday, Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert announced that his robotic dog SpotMini is currently in "preproduction." The company will start selling the robots in 2019. It is not clear who will be able to buy them, and the cost has not yet been revealed."SpotMini is in preproduction now," said Raibert. "We have built 10 units [of] a design that is close to [what] a manufacturer will design, we have built them in the house but with the help of people from contractors/manufacturers".The SpotMini robot, similar to a dog, goes up and down stairs. The first version of SpotMini walked, rolled and even put objects in a dishwasher. Last year, it was renewed and now it can walk alone with autonomous navigation. Earlier this year, Boston Dynamics released a video showing SpotMini opening a door for another robot. At Amazon's robotic conference earlier this year, CEO Jeff Bezos posted a photo of him walking with one of Boston Dynamics robot dogs. The company also released a new video this week of the SpotMini and its humanoid robot Atlas showing new movements such as running outdoors and navigating autonomously. Robots are increasingly able to move naturally and without problems. In another new video, you see the Humanoid Atlas robot, which measures almost a meter and a half high, run across the lawn and jump on a log. While the robot has to slow down and approach the obstacle cautiously, it successfully completes the jump. The outside terrain is irregular and elevated at certain points. Atlas can also open doors, lift objects like boxes and make a backflip. Last year, SoftBank of Japan bought Boston Dynamics from Google's parent company Alphabet (GOOG). At that time, Softbank said the acquisition would help it to be at the forefront of "the next wave of intelligent robotics." The price was not revealed.