Four-legged robot Boston Dynamics went on sale

BostonDynamicshasannouncedthatthefourleggedSpotrobotisnowavailableforpurchasebyanyAmericancompany, notjustselectedorganizations. Thecostoftherobotis $74500, andthedeliverytimeissixtoeightweeks. Additionalsensorsandcomputingunitscanbepurchasedwiththerobot.



Initially, BostonDynamicsdevelopedfourleggedrobotsforthemilitary. Thisdesignwassupposedtomakethemmuchmorepracticalforoperationsonuneventerrain, suchasinthemountains. However, afterthetests, theAmericanmilitaryabandonedtheideaofusingfourleggedrobots, afterwhichthecompanyswitchedtocommercialdevelopment. SpotisthefirstcommercialrobotfromBostonDynamics, thecurrentversionofwhichwasintroducedin2017 (thencalledSpotMini). Ithasfourlegsdrivenbyelectricmotors, manyvisualsensorsonallfoursides, andanadapterontheback, whichcanbeattachedtoaroboticarmoranythirdpartyequipmentforthispurposethecompanyreleasedanSDKearlierthisyear.



Initiallyin2019, thecompanybegansmallscaleproductionofSpot, butonlyprojectsapprovedbythecompanyitselfwereavailable. Inaddition, atthetime, shewasonlyleasingrobots. BostonDynamicshasnowlaunchedanonlinestoreonitswebsitethatsellsboththerobotandtheequipmentandservicesforit. AtthemomentthepurchaseisavailableonlyforcompaniesintheUSA, buttherearenoadditionalrestrictions.



Intheusualversion, therobotcosts $74.5thousand, anditisalsonecessarytoleavearefundabledepositofathousanddollars. Inthiscase, thecustomercanorderseveralrobotsatonce. Atthefirststageofsales, theshippingcostisincludedintheprice, anditsdurationisfromsixtoeightweeks. Inadditiontotherobot, thekitincludestwobatterypacks, charging, remotecontrol, casesandsoftware. Youcanalsobuyadditionalcomputingunits, sensorblocks, includingthosewithlidar, aswellasextendedsupportinthestore. However, therobotsthatBostonDynamicspreviouslyplannedtoprovideasanoptionarenotavailableinthestore.



Similarindesign, butsmallerinsize, therobotisalsoproducedbytheChinesecompanyUnitreeRobotics. InMaysheannouncedthedevelopmentofanewversion, whichshouldcostlessthan10thousanddollars. AlsoafourleggedrobotforcommercialusewasdevelopedbyANYbotics, butitspriceisstillunknown.