If Boston Dynamics’ ‘Big Dog’ was a bit too terrifying for you, you should give ‘SpotMini’ a go.
The all-electric robot (no hydraulics) weighs 55 pounds and runs for about 90 minutes on a charge — roughly the equivalent of most dogs. It’s also the quietest robot Boston Dynamics has ever produced, which is great for apartment dwellers.
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Unlike your dog, it doesn’t need food, water or walks through the park. Charge it occasionally, perform routine maintenance and you’re good to go. It’s also quite a bit more helpful than four-legged fur monsters. Instead of eating your shoes and crapping on your furniture, the SpotMini can be equipped with a robotic neck which allows it to help out around the house.
Whether it’s doing dishes…
… or picking up trash.
… or even providing some comedic value like your current dog.
SpotMini is your dog, only better.
But, like your current dog… sometimes it’s still an asshole.