Gizmodo reports that Boston Dynamic has announced that it plans to be able to produce 1,000 SpotMinis a year, with the robots fulfilling roles in home-care, security, construction and — maybe the most significant — delivery. What this means is that in the next decade or so seeing simple robots fulfilling mundane tasks will be the new normal of tomorrow.
The overarching goal for the 26-year-old company is to become the what Android operating system is for phones: a versatile foundation for limitless applications. That’s the plan, anyway.
.... Speaking last month at the CeBIT computer expo Hannover, Germany, [founder Marc Raibert] said Boston Dynamics is already testing SpotMini with potential clients in four categories: construction, delivery, security, and home assistance.
... “We’ve built ten by hand, we’re building 100 with manufacturers at the end of this year, and at the end of 2019, we’re going to begin production at the rate of about 1,000 a year,” he said of SpotMini, a prototype of which sat the stage at his feet.
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