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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Spot Robotic Dog Now Available

Its here, good piece on the rollout in IEEE Spectrum by Evan Ackerman.     Been noting some application plans here over several years.    Expensive, but if it effectively replaces a person or more, not really.   What then is our expectation of privacy from a camera wielding robot that could be quite intimidating?   And ... can you take the publicity of replacing a person or more?

Boston Dynamics' Spot Robot Dog Now Available for $74,500
For the price of a luxury car, you can now get a very smart, very capable, very yellow robotic dog
By Evan Ackerman

Boston Dynamics has been fielding questions about when its robots are going to go on sale and how much they’ll cost for at least a dozen years now. I can say this with confidence, because that’s how long I’ve been a robotics journalist, and I’ve been pestering them about it the entire time. But it’s only relatively recently that the company started to make a concerted push away from developing robots exclusively for the likes of DARPA into platforms with more commercial potential, starting with a compact legged robot called Spot, first introduced in 2016.  ... " 

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