At the TechCrunch robotics event this past Friday, Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert proclaimed that the company is planning to roll out 100 of its dog-like SpotMini robots in 2019.
“The SpotMini robot is one that was motivated by thinking about what could go in an office, in a space more accessible for business applications, and then, the home eventually,” Raibert said at the event.
According to the company’s website, the SpotMini is “a nimble robot that handles objects, climbs stairs, and will operate in offices, homes and outdoors.” The company announced the first 100 SpotMinis will be built later this year for commercial purposes and be available for purchase by 2019. The SpotMini is a smaller version of Spot, a robot launched since 2015. The new version weighs only around 66 pounds and has a battery life of an average of 90 minutes.
Raibert didn’t talk about a price point for the SpotMini and it’s not exactly geared toward the average consumer. Instead, he discussed how it could be used for security patrols or construction site management.
Media coverage so far has been less than flattering. Gizmodo called the robot a piece of impending apocalypse while other outlets referred to the machines as creepy, terrifying and Mirror-like, in reference to the dystopian science fiction series.