Live in a no pets building? We have the non-furry companion for you — the sophisticated new ‘bot Spot. Built by top robotics firm Boston Dynamics it looks like an artist’s minimalist sculpture, a futuristic abstraction of a pooch. This four-legged wonder is fully programmable, with a top speed of 3 mph, a runtime of 90 minutes per charge of its swapable battery, and is agile enough to handle a wide variety of terrain, including stairs. It makes a fun, and conversation-starting jogging companion. As it was originally designed for industrial use, Spot is a workhorse that can handle loads up to 30 pounds. While 360-degree cameras and sensors let it neatly avoid obstacles, IP54 certification means it’s protected against dust and rain. He’s even functioned as a Service Dog, helping triage patients and delivering food and medicine from afar. All this awesomeness doesn’t come cheap, but for $74,500, you get the added elan of knowing that several of your e-pet’s siblings work at Space X; BostonDynamics.com.
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