In the summer of 2019, Boston Dynamics will launchsell their four-legged SpotMini robots, which are useful in the industrial field due to their ability to carry weights and move up stairs. It seems that everyone will soon have a very similar competitor in the face of the AlienGo robot, produced by the Chinese company Unitree Robotics. Like SpotMini, it can move using four limbs and, quite possibly, will soon be available for purchase.
A new design was created based onLaikago robot presented in 2017, which was named after the cosmonaut dog Laika. Unlike its predecessor, the four-legged AlienGo has got a full-fledged protective case and a number of visual sensors on the front of the case. The company did not disclose exactly which sensors are built into the robot, but judging by the video, it definitely has a stereo camera and an infrared depth camera.
The body of AlienGo is made as flat as possible -electric drives mounted on the legs and their lower segments are practically not distinguished in any way. Due to the abundance of electric drives, the robot can move not only forward and backward, but also make bends and turns. Unfortunately, at the moment the company has not shared any information, except for the video.
AlienGo is expected to go on sale as welllike the previous development of Unitree Robotics. There is no information on the date of the start of sales and cost, as well as evidence that it has the same capacity as SpotMini. For example, at the moment it is not clear whether the strength of the Chinese robot is enough to carry a huge truck.
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