Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini was first unveiled around 3-years ago, and this four-legged canine-inspired robot, which only weighs 55-pounds and is lighter than its competition, has been improved upon ever since. Now, the Massachusetts State Police are using a version as a police dog of sorts for use as a mobile remote observation device. Read more for a video of it in-action and additional information.
The SpotMini robot is currently in pre-production and preparing for commercial availability later this year or early in 2020. Boston Dynamics claims that SpotMini is the “quietest robot [they] have built,” and it has plans with contract manufacturers to build the first 100 SpotMinis for commercial purposes. Unfortunately, the robots will not be sold, but rather be given on lease to selected business partners.