Apr 26, 2017

TED crowd favorite: Boston Dynamics' dog-like robot

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Boston Dynamics' robots may terrify a lot of people, but you couldn't tell that from the reception its creation got at TED. A huge throng gathered around CEO Marc Raibert and SpotMini after the two got done on stage Tuesday. People wanted to take selfies and even pet the quadruped robot.

When can I get one: There's no word on pricing, but Boston Dynamics is still targeting businesses and the military rather than consumers. There's a better chance one will some day deliver you a package than that it will live in your house. (The company has started testing package delivery to employee's homes in Boston and is talking with companies that do local deliveries.)

In the mean time, here is a video of the robot mingling with attendees after its TED talk. At the end it takes my phone in its "mouth" and you get to see how the world look's from its perspective.

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