Boston Dynamics has a rich history of developing big robots for big bucks while working with the military industrial complex; specifically, the Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency (DARPA). From Atlas (Figure 1) to
SandFlea (Figure 2), Boston Dynamics’ robots
have always been about the “mission.” Whether
a hulk-like imposing bipedal rescue bot or a small
dexterous four-wheeled jumping car-like robot,
the Boston Dynamics stable of professional
robots has been anything but boring.
Unfortunately, none of this menagerie was ever
intended for home use. That is, until now.
While Boston Dynamics
latest robot might be spot
on, its ability to keep the
financially solvent in the eyes
of its parent corporate
conglomerate might be a
case of too little, too late.
SpotMini: A Robot
Too Little, That Could
Be Too Late By Dave Prochnow
The newest dog in town, Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini.
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Figure 1. Atlas — the robot responsible for Google’s