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Boston Dynamics

Boston Dynamics

An engineering and robotics design company founded in 1992 and headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Boston Dynamics is an engineering and robotics design company headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. The company was founded in 1992 by Marc Raibert and is a subsidiary of SoftBank Group.Boston Dynamics was acquired by SoftBank on June 8, 2017 for an undisclosed amount of money. 

Robots

Handle

Handle is a mobile box handling robot for warehouses.

Spot

Spot is a nimble robot that handles objects, climbs stairs, and operates in offices, homes and outdoors.

Atlas

Atlas' control system coordinates motions of the arms, torso and legs to achieve whole-body mobile manipulation.

Pick

Pick is a deep-learning based robot designed for robotic depalletizing.

Spot Classic

Spot Classic is a four-legged, electrically powered and hydraulically actuated robot designed for indoor and outdoor operation.

LS3

LS3 was designed to go anywhere Marines and soldiers go on foot, helping carry their load. LS3 was funded by DARPA and the US Marine Corps.

WildCat

Powered by a methanol burning engine, the WildCat robot is a free running quadruped robot that runs at 32 km/h. 

BigDog

BigDog has four legs that are articulated like an animal’s, with compliant elements to absorb shock and recycle energy from one step to the next.

SandFlea

Sand Flea is a small robot with 4 wheels and a mighty jumping leg. It drives like an RC car on flat terrain, but can jump 10 m into the air to jump over obstacles.

RHex

RHex is a six-legged robot with remarkable mobility on rough terrain. Independently controlled legs produce specialized gaits that propel it over rough terrain with minimal operator input.

Funding

Venture

On February 6, 2019 Boston Dynamics completed a venture capital round with $37 million in funding from SoftBank. 

Timeline

1992

Boston Dynamics was founded by Marc Raibert.

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Boston Dynamics, Maker of Scary Fast Robots, Raises $37 Million from Softbank; Sales to Begin in 2019

Jimmy Aki

Web

February 6, 2019

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Shawn Knight
February 13, 2020
TechSpot
In a video published to YouTube on Thursday for Tested, Savage said he spent roughly five days building the carriage for his personal rickshaw which is based on a wheelchair chassis. The real star of the show, however, is Spot...
By Michael Thomsen For Dailymail.com
February 11, 2020
Mail Online
The Norwegian oil company Aker BP ASA has announced it will bring aboard the infamous robotic watchdog Spot on the company's ships in the Skarv region of the Norwegian Sea.
Radio-Canada
February 3, 2020
Radio-Canada.ca
Spot, le robot quadrupède de Boston Dynamics, travaille depuis vendredi sur le chantier de construction de la Place Ville Marie, à Montréal. Il s'agit de la première fois que ce robot, qui a fait plusieurs fois le tour du web dans des vidéos virales, est utilisé dans un tel contexte. Il a été loué à l'entreprise Pomerleau pour une période de six mois.
Brian Heater
February 4, 2020
TechCrunch
After recently doing a survey of the top robotics investment rounds, it became pretty clear: construction is going to be huge for this industry. Global construction is expected to hit $13 trillion by 2022 (with China alone hitting that number in 2030), and there are plenty of dull, dirty and dangerous jobs that seem well [...]
Brian Heater
January 27, 2020
TechCrunch
After more than a quarter century, Boston Dynamics has a new CEO. The transition (which quietly occurred late last year), saw founder Marc Raibert step aside to become chairman, as longtime employee Rob Playter took the reins. The key personnel change comes at a pivotal time for the company, which recently began the process of [...]
Brian Heater
January 23, 2020
TechCrunch
This next year will be one of the most important since Boston Dynamics was founded back in 1992. After changing hands from Google to Softbank, the robot maker is getting more aggressive about commercializing products, bringing Spot to market, while Handle waits in the wings. The news includes a new CEO, its first since founding. [...]
Brian Heater
January 23, 2020
TechCrunch
After more than a quarter-century spent developing some of the industry's most iconic and advanced machines, Boston Dynamics is a company in the midst of a profound transformation. This week, the Waltham, Mass.-based organization issued a number of key announcements, all focused on the same fundamental shift, as it readies the release of two commercial [...]
Radio-Canada
November 26, 2019
Radio-Canada.ca
Spot, le robot quadrupède de Boston Dynamics qui a fait plusieurs fois le tour du web dans différentes vidéos virales, est maintenant utilisé par la police d'État du Massachusetts, aux États-Unis, afin de prêter main-forte aux forces de l'ordre dans des situations dangereuses.
BBC News
November 26, 2019
BBC News
A civil liberties group wants to know if the robots will ever be armed and what roles they may take on.
Rob Thubron
November 26, 2019
TechSpot
Last we heard of Spot was in September, when Boston Dynamics announced it was going on sale to companies in "select industries." They're said to be as expensive as a luxury automobile, but the MSP decided to lease one instead,...
By James Pero For Dailymail.com
November 25, 2019
Mail Online
WBUR said police used Spot as a 'mobile remote observation device' that was designed to investigate suspicious packages or sniff out where a suspect could be hiding.
Brian Heater
November 25, 2019
TechCrunch
Back in April at our robotics event at UC Berkeley, Boston Dynamics head Marc Raibert showed off video of the company's Spot robot in a number of different real world scenarios. Some, like construction and first responders, were familiar to anyone who has been following the company -- and automation in general. Another scenario, which [...]
Radio-Canada
September 26, 2019
Radio-Canada.ca
Spot, le robot quadrupède de Boston Dynamics qui a fait plusieurs fois le tour du web dans différentes vidéos virales, est maintenant offert en location aux entreprises qui souhaitent le mettre à l'épreuve et aider à développer ses compétences.
BBC News
September 25, 2019
BBC News
Boston Dynamics demos techniques that let its Atlas robot blend its movements together more fluidly.
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Geekologie
Because when it rains it pours robot apocalypse, Boston Dynamics has just announced it is now accepting orders (website HERE, order form HERE) for the ~1,000 Spot quadruped robots it anticipates it will be able to produce annually. The...
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Geekologie
This is a recent video of Boston Dynamics' Atlas humanoid robot practicing for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo with a short gymnastics routine that includes several rolls, some kicks, a somersault, and a 360-degree jump spin. As much...
Stephanie Mlot
September 25, 2019
Geek.com
Boston Dynamics' canine-like Spot bot is now shipping to select early adopters. The company on Tuesday released a promo video for the mechanical quadruped, highlighting its range of features and all-terrain abilities. "Spot ...
Cillian O'Brien
September 24, 2019
CTVNews
Robotics company Boston Dynamics has revealed the latest advances to its humanoid creation Atlas, which can now do a gymnastics routine.
Jon Porter
September 24, 2019
The Verge
Boston Dynamics has released a new video of Atlas doing a small gymnastics routine. It consists of a number of somersaults, a short handstand, a nifty little 360-degree spinning jump, and even a balletic split leap.
Matt Simon
September 24, 2019
Wired
A select few can now lease the famous robot, formerly known as SpotMini, from Boston Dynamics. But what exactly is it good for?
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