Friday, January 28

We were with Spot, the robot dog from Boston Dynamics | Digital Trends Spanish

The Boston Dynamics name has been around for a long time, especially after being acquired by Hyundai. But if the robotics company is known for something, it is for Spot, a four-legged robot in the shape of a dog that now arrives in Spain from Plain Concepts.

This Spanish company will offer customized software and mixed reality solutions integrated with the robot to companies of different kinds.

We met a copy of Spot (which they have dubbed Spoc) at the Plain Concepts offices to find out how it works and what its main applications are in the industry.

Climb stairs and avoid objects

The first thing that strikes you when you see Spot is his size, but especially the agility with which he moves. The robot can easily go up and down stairs, as well as avoid obstacles on the way.

It has a battery with which it is able to run for 90 minutes or travel 5 kilometers without charging. It is not very fast (its speed is 1.6 meters per second), but it is designed for tasks that do not require speed.

Mainly this robot is focused on safety and dangerous infrastructure inspections, such as checking the sewers of cities or for remote management in the industry. As with drones, Spot needs to be controlled by an operator, although it is possible to automate routes to do it alone.

Integrated with mixed reality

In Plain Concepts they explain that companies can choose the configuration of sensors and hardware that the dog carries, which will depend on the use that you want to give it. It is possible to add more cameras (it has six built-in by default) microphones, gas detection sensors, 360-degree cameras, lidar sensors and even a robotic arm to grab objects and open doors.

The company also integrates with Spot its own remote control tool that uses mixed reality technologies to make it possible to operate Spot remotely and with VR Hololens 2 glasses.

Spot began to be sold in 2020 at a price of $ 74,500 dollars (about 64,000 euros at the current exchange rate). At the moment the names of the companies interested in acquiring Spot and Plain Concepts’ solution are not known, but they assure that there are from large energy companies and construction companies to an important wine cellar.

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