Google’s Boston Dynamics Could Soon Use Robotic Dogs To Deliver Packages

Google’s Boston Dynamics Could Soon Use Robotic Dogs To Deliver Packages
Technology

The company's SpotMini device could soon be employed in a variety of everyday tasks

Ido Lechner, Home Editor
  • 13 january 2017

You may remember Alphabet’s robot dogs from the videos which surfaced on social media several months ago, showcasing their incredible ability to rebalance after being kicked from the side. Since then, the technology has been re-envisioned, shrinking in size and sprouting a claw in the process—a new dinosaur-like form named the SpotMini. Still, from a practical stance it would seem that the world still hasn’t figured out a need for these robotic beasts; the military-sponsored tech pets went up for sale not too long ago before subsidiary Boston Dynamics quickly withdrew its retailing attempts.

Since then, Alphabet’s child company has released videos demonstrating the SpotMini fetching a soda for its owner, and has proven itself in the area of washing dishes and recycling components its humans missed. Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert has even posited using the rob-dogs to deliver ordinary packages, operating under the assumption that they’d sooner deploy as automated deliverymen over drones under fire from FAA regulations. And while their future is still murky despite the company’s best efforts, Raibert has every intent to continue exploring the possibilities of these twerking-enabled mechanical canines.

Boston Dynamics

You may remember Alphabet’s robot dogs from the videos which surfaced on social media several months ago, showcasing their incredible ability to rebalance after being kicked from the side. Since then, the technology has been re-envisioned, shrinking in size and sprouting a claw in the process—a new dinosaur-like form named the SpotMini. Still, from a practical stance it would seem that the world still hasn’t figured out a need for these robotic beasts; the military-sponsored tech pets went up for sale not too long ago before subsidiary Boston Dynamics quickly withdrew its retailing attempts.

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