Now a longed-for day has finally come: Spot will be available for purchase to use in the workplace. Or at home, if you're into that.
Honestly, it sounds like a pretty useful machine.
Spot has a top speed of 3 mph and can work for 90 minutes per charge. That rechargeable battery is removable as well.
Spot is IP54-rated, and that means it can handle a variety of workplace conditions and is reasonably resistant to dust and water.
It gets around via 360-degree cameras and sensors and it can tote up to 31 lbs. But of course, Spot isn't necessarily there to be a four-legged wheelbarrow. It is also able to perform some pretty sophisticated jobs, including opening doors and performing tests in rooms that might not yet be worker-friendly.
Spot's owner will have full programming access via a Boston Dynamics software kit, allowing a user to essentially pilot the robot with an app or to adjust it for even more autonomy.
So yes, a supervillain could potentially buy a bunch of these and create a robot army. As long as the army could recharge every hour and a half.
Want your own Spot for the warehouse or even as a decidedly non-cuddly pet? Go here and contact Boston Dynamics.