The announcement came today as part of the TechCrunch TC Sessions: Robotics at UC Berkeley.
Raibert says he's also looking at deploying the robots in construction work. A new video shows its Atlas robot performing several tests. While the company has often showcased advanced demos of its emerging projects, SpotMini has seemed uniquely productized from the start.
Boston Dynamics already has made 10 SpotMinis with plans to manufacture about 100 more for additional testing this year before going into mass production by the middle of next year, Raibert said. The device weighs around 66 pounds and can operate for about 90 minutes on a charge. It wasn't enough that this creation literally inspired the very violent Black Mirror "Metalhead" episode: the company is still flirting with the robot apocalypse, as its its newest developments demonstrate. He wouldn't reveal how much they will cost.More news: India force Australia to scrap day-night Test
Atlas was introduced in February of 2016 as a robot able to walk, pick up boxes, and catch itself after falling.
In another new video, the Humanoid Atlas robot - which is almost five feet tall - is seen jogging outside on grass and jumping over a log.