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Boston Dynamic gears up to sell robot dogs

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Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert points out the cameras on his company’s SpotMini robotic dog, including a “butt-cam.” (TechCrunch via YouTube)

Cue the “Black Mirror” theme music: Boston Dynamics says it’s putting its scary SpotMini robotic dog on sale next year.

The company’s founder, Marc Raibert, made the announcement on May 11 at a TechCrunch robotics event at the University of California at Berkeley.

“SpotMini is in pre-production now.  We’ve built 10 units that’s a design that’s close to a manufacturable design. We built them in-house, but with help from contract, manufacturing-type people,” Raibert said.

“We have a plan later this year to build 100 with contract manufacturers,” he said, “and that’s the prelude to getting them in a higher-rate production which we hope to start in the middle of next year.”

Raibert declined to say what the price will be. Potential applications could range from surveillance to office deliveries to home chores.

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By Alan Boyle

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