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Boston Dynamics will begin selling that scary robot dog you saw on YouTube

In this July 20, 2017 file photo, Boston Dynamics Chief Executive Marc Raibert speaks about his four-legged robot SpotMini during a SoftBank World presentation at a hotel in Tokyo. The robotics company known for its widely shared YouTube videos of nimble, legged robots opening doors or walking through rough terrain is finally preparing to sell some of them after years of research.
In this July 20, 2017 file photo, Boston Dynamics Chief Executive Marc Raibert speaks about his four-legged robot SpotMini during a SoftBank World presentation at a hotel in Tokyo. The robotics company known for its widely shared YouTube videos of nimble, legged robots opening doors or walking through rough terrain is finally preparing to sell some of them after years of research.
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A robotics company known for its widely shared videos of nimble, legged robots opening doors or walking through rough terrain is preparing to sell some after years of research.

Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert says his company will begin selling the dog-like SpotMini robot next year, likely to businesses for use as a camera-equipped security guard.

He made the announcement Friday at a TechCrunch robotics conference at University of California, Berkeley.

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Founded in 1992, the company rarely reveals its plans except by posting YouTube videos that have impressed and terrified people.

This roundup video showing the evolution of the robot dog was posted by Vocativ last fall, joking that there was still no word on whether it could be bought as a pet:

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In February this year, Boston Dynamics posted a new video showing the robot opening a door and fighting to get through as a person tried to hold it back:

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Google bought the Waltham, Massachusetts, firm in 2013, then sold it last year to Japanese tech giant SoftBank.

Raibert says he’s also looking at deploying the robots in construction work. He wouldn’t reveal how much they will cost.