Boston Dynamics starts to sell its four-legged robot Spot. The company was founded in 1992 as a spin-off from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It is a pioneer in the field of robotics and it is one of the most advanced in its domain. On 13 December 2013, the company was acquired by Google X - a company under Google's parent 'Alphabet Inc'.
On June 23, 2016, Boston Dynamics revealed the four-legged canine-inspired Spot which only weighs 25 kg (55 pounds). In February 2018, a promotional video of the Spot using its forward claw to open a door for another robot reached #1 on YouTube. On May 11, 2018 CEO of Boston Dynamics Marc Raibert announced that the Spot robot was in pre-production and preparing for commercial availability in 2019. And now the robot is available at a sweet price of $74,500 USD (limited to two per customer, larger order will need to be discussed).
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Boston Dynamics is now working on remote teleoperation to give customers a chance to test drive Spot. Boston Dynamics' vice president of business development, Michael Perry said,
If there's a harmful use, then the license would be invalidated, and the customer wouldn't be able to use the robot. But obviously, there's not a lot that we can do ahead of time beyond validating that the purchase is valid and that the person buying the robot is not on the Department of Commerce watch list or anything along those lines.
Massachusetts State Police became the first enforcement agency to use Spot mini as robot cop as well as in the unit's bomb squad. Singapore has also enlisted Spot to aid in enforcing social-distancing measures in its parks to handle COVID-19 situation.