If You've Ever Wanted a Military-Grade Robot Quadruped, Now's Your Chance

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 - 12:40PM
Robotics
Wednesday, 25 September 2019 - 12:40PM
If You've Ever Wanted a Military-Grade Robot Quadruped, Now's Your Chance
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Screenshot: YouTube/Boston Dynamics
You've seen the videos from Boston Dynamics: backflipping robots... headless, mechanical dogs... Terminator-like images so discomfiting that the only way to cope with their eventual appearance on America's social landscape is through satire: a thinly-veiled method of managing the collective anxiety that these DARPAbots engender.


What if instead of worrying about these mechanical monsters, you could instead own one? Well, thanks to the power of capitalism, you can. Boston Dynamics is now selling Spot, its headless, mechanical, truck-pulling robot dog


Described as "a nimble robot that climbs stairs and traverses rough terrain with unprecedented ease, yet is small enough to use indoors," Spot has a 90-minute runtime and comes with a replaceable battery to power an onboard processor and support its 360º visual field. The price? Well, there's a little bit of opacity when it comes to dollar amount: as it stands, you have to contact the sales department at Boston Dynamics, but you can rest assured that a robot dog probably won't come cheap, unless you're a media mogul or Elon Musk.


 If you find out you can't afford one, but you still want to compete with the neighbors, fear not: you can always purchase a flamethrowing drone that should make short work of Spot if one should come sniffing around your property.

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