Boston Dynamics’ dog-like robot can now recharge on its own and gains popularity in Covid era

Spot, a $74,5000 robot from a company that was formerly part of Google, has been used in social distancing efforts in public spaces during Covid-19.

A new version will allow Spot to recharge on its own, and give the machine an arm for opening doors and flipping power switches.


스스로 재충전하는' 스팟 로봇' 업그레이드 버전

코로나 시대에 상용화에 성공한 대표적 로봇


  구글의 일원이었던 회사의 7만4천 달러짜리 로봇인 스팟은 Covid-19 기간 동안 공공장소에서 사회적 거리를 두는 노력에 사용되어 왔다.

이번에 새로운 버전은 스팟이 스스로 재충전할 수 있게 하고, 문을 열고 전원 스위치를 돌릴 수 있는 팔을 기계에 제공할 것이다

보스턴 다이내믹스는 알파벳이 2017년 소프트뱅크에 매각했다.

한때 알파벳의 구글이 소유하고 지금은 일본의 기술 헤비급 투자자인 소프트뱅크가 소유한 로봇 회사인 보스턴 다이내믹스는 강아지와 같은 로봇 스팟을 업그레이드했다.

로버트 플레이터 보스턴 다이내믹스 최고경영자(CEO)는 26일(현지시간) CNBC 스쿼크박스에 로봇이 더 넓은 범위를 커버하고 더 먼 곳에 위치할 수 있도록 로봇 스스로 전원을 공급할 수 있는 충전소를 갖추고 있다고 밝혔다.

스팟은 또한 로봇이 문이나 서랍을 열고 밸브를 조정하고 전원 스위치를 돌리는 등의 작업을 수행할 수 있는 암에 접근할 수 있게 되었다.

7만4,500달러의 기본 가격으로 이러한 기능을 갖춘 새로운 엔터프라이즈 버전은 더 비싸질 것이지만 플레이터는 2021년 초에 출시될 업그레이드된 로봇에 대한 가격을 아직 정하지 않았다고 말한다.

이 로봇은 약 1년 전인 2019년 9월 발사됐으며 코로나바이러스 감염에서 가장 많이 사용되는 로봇 중 하나를 발견했다. 그것은 싱가포르에서 Covid-19 대유행 때 공공장소에서 사회적 거리를 두도록 장려하기 위해 사용되었다.

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Boston Dynamics was sold by Alphabet to Softbank in 2017.

Boston Dynamics CEO on new robotic applications to assist during the pandemic

Boston Dynamics, the robotics firm once owned by Alphabet’s Google and now part of Japan’s tech heavyweight investor Softbank, just gave its dog-like robot Spot an upgrade.

Spot now features a recharging station that the robot can use to power up on its own, which Boston Dynamics CEO Robert Playter told CNBC’s Squawk Box on Wednesday allows the robot to cover a much broader range, and be located in more remote locations. 

Spot also now has access to an arm that allows the robot to perform tasks such as opening doors or drawers, adjusting valves and flipping a power switch.

At a base price for the Spot Explorer of $74,500, the new enterprise version with these features will go higher, but Playter says the company has not yet set pricing for the upgraded robot, which will be available in early 2021.

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The robot — which can carry a maximum weight of 14 kilograms, or 30.9 pounds — was launched roughly a year ago in September 2019 and found one of its most high-profile uses in the coronavirus outbreak. It was put into use in Singapore to encourage social distancing in public spaces during the Covid-19 pandemic.

At the time, the company stressed that Spot was encouraging, not enforcing, social distancing.

“The robot isn’t really enforcing in Singapore,” Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” last May. “It’s just giving people information and encouraging them,” he said. “There’s a human nearby who can do whatever enforcement they decide is appropriate.” 

Spot also was used at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston to take some vitals as part of screening patients for Covid-19. 

In all, there are nearly 300 Spots out in the world today. 

This week, Boston Dynamics announced a deal with Trimble, a major construction industry player.

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As construction sites are trying to better control how densely workers are concentrated, Boston Dynamics’ CEO Playter said that Spot can be used for surveying and data collection, while helping reduce the number of workers on site. Spot will be integrated with Trimble’s data collection sensors and field control software to automate repetitive tasks such as site scans, surveying and progress monitoring in potentially unsafe environments.

Use of robots to collect data and perform hazardous task have been among the primary instances of robots in the field to date, and some companies that have already used Spot include BP, Ford, and Merck.

Boston Dynamics robot encourages social distancing in Singapore park

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