We’ve heard about these dog-like robots being used by some companies but it seems they may become more common as they’re more available now. While they come with a steep price tag, they’re available to any US business.
According to Tech Crunch, Boston Dynamics has made their robot spot much more widely available. These robots are extremely impressive, but they do come with a price tag of around 74 thousand US dollars. The company is working to find different used for their robots and as that happens modules will be brought forth to expand the robots as needed. Applicable businesses in the US as of June 16th are now able to purchase the Spot Explored dev kit, but they are limited to two per customer.
This for those who may be wondering includes the robot itself, 2 batteries, a charger, tablet and controller, and a few other things as well. Spot is a ‘nimble’ robot that can do a lot. It can climb stairs and even traverse rough terrain with ease according to Boston Dynamics website.
The company (Boston Dynamics) wrote as follows about some of the perks of this advanced robot on their website:
Spot goes where wheeled robots cannot, while carrying payloads with endurance far beyond aerial drones. With 360° vision and obstacle avoidance, the robot can be driven remotely or taught routes and actions to perform autonomous missions.
Developers can create custom methods of controlling Spot, program autonomous missions, design payloads to expand the robot’s capabilities, and integrate sensor information into data analysis tools. Spot’s mounting rails, payload ports, and software development kit give customers the tools they need to customize the robot for their application.
By integrating Spot with software and sensors, the robot can perform tasks in a variety of industries. From documenting construction progress to monitoring remote environments, adding situational awareness, and even performing, Spot can be trusted to get the job done.
While it did take a while for things to get where they are now, it seems these peculiar little robots are going to be seen more and more. They were even used in Singapore for a pilot as to keep social distancing guidelines enforced by workers in public parks. Would you consider using one of these for your company? I for one think they are truly amazing. While they might not be ideal for all businesses, I am sure more and more uses will be thought of for these little dog-like robots as time continues to pass.