Over the weekend, Boston Dynamics released a video of their Atlas robot taking a leisurely jog in the woods, and if that’s not casually concerning then I don’t know what is.
The company, which intends to release its four-legged robo-dog SpotMini for commercial sale in 2019, started off as an offshoot of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It builds robots, and it’s very good at it. Speaking on the stage at TechCrunch’s recent TC Sessions: Robotics event at UC Berkeley, the company’s founder Marc Raibert explained the thinking behind SpotMini.
“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,” he said.
So if you’ve ever wanted a guard dog without the hassle and commitment of the “dog” part, or a jogging partner who won’t cancel on you, your time for glory is on the horizon.