Do you remember the Black Mirror episode titled MetalHead? Where robot dogs spray shrapnel trackers on their targets before killing them? Well that episode may be less a piece of fiction now that Boston Dynamics will sell you a ‘Spot’.
Let’s be realistic, the name reminds of Spot the dog, a lovable children’s book and I’m sure the team have watched enough Black Mirror episodes to put in a remote safety switch.
The Boston Dynamics Spot is the quadruped robot that climbs stairs and traverses rough terrain with unprecedented ease, yet is small enough to use indoors. Think of it as your robot companion on the job that can inspect dangerous, inaccessible, and remote environments, automate data collection onsite and carry payloads on difficult terrain.
Spot can be controlled straight out of the box with its controller or through an API. The tablet controller is pretty much designed to get you up and running quickly and showing off Spot’s capabilities – body posing, walking gaits, obstacle avoidance, local navigation and calibration.
The controller even allows the user to set up basic autonomous missions, letting Spot follow a predefined route much like your household Roomba. In your package, the user will receive the Spot robot, 2x batteries, charger, controller and charger, cases for the robot and power case as well as software updates when ever available.
The price for this masterpiece? $74,500. Unfortunately, at the moment Spot is only available in the US and can be reserved with a $1,000 deposit before paying the remaining $73,500 and I must add that Spot is not certified for in-home use or to be used around children.
If you would like to reserve your very own Boston Dynamics Spot, you can do from here.