As of today, you can officially buy your very own $74,500 robot dog.Boston
Dynamics [https://www.bostondynamics.com/], the company also behind that
that its four-legged creation is finally for sale.
The robots, which can?lecture parkgoers?about social distancing and?pull trucks,
were previously only available to the public via a ?short-term lease.? No more.
Assuming they place an online order today, any U.S.-based billionaire can have
their very own fleet of future dogs in six to eight weeks.
Although, it?s worth noting, the Boston Dynamicsonline store
[https://shop.bostondynamics.com/DefaultStore/spot]limits the amount of Spots an
individual can purchase to two at a time. Any more than that, and you?ll need to
?request a quote to get in contact with a sales representative.?
If you do purchase two, the online store notes that ?Spot comes ready to
operate, right out of the box. With its flexible API and payload interfaces,
Spot can be customized for a variety of applications.?
No mention as to whether or not one of those applications just so happens to be
chasing away the hordes gathered at your gates to demand that you and the rest
of the billionaire class pay your fair share of taxes.
According to Boston Dynamic?s founder Marc Raibert, Spot is actually designed to
aide humans in at least some situations.
?The combination of Spot?s sophisticated software and high performance
mechanical design enables the robot to augment difficult or dangerous human
work,? noted Raibert in the press release.
Interestingly, the makers of Spot are explicit that said ?dangerous? work
doesn?t include chasing down people.
?Spot should never be used to harm or intimidate any person or animal or for any
illegal or ultra-hazardous purpose,? readsthe FAQ
[https://shop.bostondynamics.com/DefaultStore/spot]. ?Our warranty of Spot
becomes void and we may disable some or all of its functionality upon any such
So, the next time someone gleefully sends their tablet-controlled Spot after
you, you?ll at least have the satisfaction of knowing that the robot?s warranty
may be voided as a result.
The future sure is grand, ain?t it?