Boston Dynamics, a robot company under the umbrella of Softbank, has released an open source development kit for the quadruped robot platform Spot.
We also announced that the first user conference “Actuate” will be held in Boston on May 12th and 13th.
Speaking of Boston Dynamics, a biomimetic robot company that became famous for its video of the four-legged robot BigDog recovering with biological movements even if it was kicked and slipped.
At one point, it was acquired by Google X, Google’s advanced research division, but after Android creator Andy Rubin left the company after leaving the robot department, it was sold as “not immediately profitable” and is now one of the SoftBank Group. It is a company.
SPOT is a mass-produced model that is a lightweight and electrified version of the Boston Dynamics traditional quadruped robot. By adding various sensors, additional parts, and payload, it is positioned as a robot platform that can be used in various environments from industrial to entertainment.
SPOT was previously only available to some early adopter program participants, but now the development SDK is available on Github for everyone to access.
To write Spot SDK repo software and run it on a real machine, you need to rent or buy a SPOT from Boston Dynamics.
At the same time, Actuate is a conference for developers and users of Boston Dynamics robots.
The first event will be held in Boston from May 12th to 13th as an event exclusively for early adopter program subscribers or invited users selected by signing up. The company plans to hold an Actuate conference every year, aiming for an open event with a lower threshold in the future.
One of the people who got SPOT in advance and tried it is Adam Savage, who is also known for the Mythbusters series on Discovery Channel. Over the next year, we plan to develop a variety of hardware and software and release a series of videos to test SPOT.