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Boston Dynamics Spot launch video

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  1. cptcobalt
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    It's been interesting watching the Boston Dynamics robots evolve over time. The scary thing is that Spot almost seems loveable—I kinda want to pet it. Is that...weird? Anyway, I wonder what the...

    It's been interesting watching the Boston Dynamics robots evolve over time. The scary thing is that Spot almost seems loveable—I kinda want to pet it. Is that...weird?

    Anyway, I wonder what the API is really like for a product like this. How much of the locomotion that they're showing off is included, or is a decent chunk of it pretty proprietary to them, and I'd need to recreate it myself? Let's say I'm some CEO of a tech company, and I wanted to get a spot (or two or three) to just monitor and observe my remote $20M homestead/compound to keep me safe—you know, programming routines like that of an NPC in a hitman game—how involved would something like that be? That's sort of the bridge that I'd like to see the marketing team cross.

    Though, who am I kidding when positing these thoughts; these things will probably be used as weapons of war, not adorable lovable little sentry bots.

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  2. Ephemere
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    I've enjoyed watching their promo videos as the product comes along. This seems to be mostly material we've seen before, though obviously in a much slicker package. One thing which does pique my...

    I've enjoyed watching their promo videos as the product comes along. This seems to be mostly material we've seen before, though obviously in a much slicker package.

    One thing which does pique my curiosity, the video mentions that there is a 3mph maximum speed to the device. I'm curious if that's a hardware or firmware limitation. It seems like it might be able to go faster, though it makes perfect sense that they might want to keep a sellable product in the range where it's unlikely to fail.

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  3. joelthelion
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    So can you buy one? How much does it cost? I wonder what people will do with it. I also wonder what the api looks like. If it's high level yet powerful, it could be a real game changer. More info...

    So can you buy one? How much does it cost?

    I wonder what people will do with it. I also wonder what the api looks like. If it's high level yet powerful, it could be a real game changer.

    More info here : https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-robots/boston-dynamics-spot-robot-dog-goes-on-sale

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