At today’s Xponential 2021 keynote speech in Atlanta, one speaker didn’t have to worry about COVID. Spot®, the mobility robot from Boston Dynamics, had a place on the stage – accompanied by Boston Dynamics Channel Sales Manager Tim Dykstra.
Spot offers mobility like no robot you’ve seen before, and Dykstra explains that because of this, the company moved from robots with wheels or caterpillars to models with legs. “The world is a complex place,” said Dystra, “and largely developed for humans.” Legged robots can navigate this world better – and Spot proves that its value goes far beyond the video star. “Spot has developed an incredibly diverse range of applications since it was first launched,” says Dykstra. “Spot did a lot of real work.”
During the keynote speech, Spot walked down the center aisle of the exhibition hall, up the steps of the stage and bowed – and the ease and flexibility that the Spot robot demonstrated shows that Boston Dynamics’ concept of a mobility robot is revolutionary.
These stairs show exactly what distinguishes Spot, a legged robot, from conventional caterpillar or wheeled robots. How does Spot do it? “It depends on its perception,” says Dykstra, explaining that the robot is equipped with stereo cameras on all sides that capture the environment and move accordingly – to go up stairs, for example, the operator simply presses the forward button, but than that Robot approaches the stairs, he knows how to navigate them.
There are a wide variety of use cases for Spot: and it has an open API for a wide variety of payloads. Boston Dynamic’s spot robot can be used for bomb detection, nuclear inspection, delivery, and autonomous rounds and measurements on oil rigs. Spot saves companies huge downtime and saves lives by entering places that are unsafe for human resources.
And Spot can dance.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional marketplace for drone services, and a passionate observer of the emerging drone industry and regulatory environment for drones. Author of over 3,000 articles focusing on the commercial drone space, Miriam is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam graduated from the University of Chicago and has over 20 years experience in high-tech sales and marketing for emerging technologies.
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