Boston Dynamics' Dog-Like Robot Navigates And Surveys Tokyo Construction Sites Like a Pro

Boston Dynamics' super-realistic dog-like bot will be available next year and will likely be found at construction sites near you.
Loukia Papadopoulos

Four months ago, Boston Dynamics said that their SpotMini robot would be on sale as early as 2019. The firm has been releasing a series of life-like and even superhuman robots that have been both impressing people and freaking them out.

This latest video by the robotics firm shows their Spot dog-like model tested on actual construction sites in Japan. "We have begun field testing the Spot robot for commercial usage around the world," reads the video's description.

"After an initial mapping run, Spot autonomously navigated two dynamic construction sites in Tokyo and used a specialized payload for surveying work progress. An additional camera in its hand lets Spot do even more detailed inspection work on site," added the statement.

Better yet, it seems the firm meant what it said four months ago as the animal-like robot should be available next year. "The Spot robot will be available in the second half of 2019 for a variety of applications," states the firm.

Any news from Boston Dynamics always comes with the usual panic about an impending robocalypse. But truth be told progress can never be stopped so it might be best to embrace it and make the best of it.

If you do not believe this is possible, you may want to check out our list of helpful medical bots here only for mankind's better good. They're as cute as they are useful.