Spot, the well-known four-legged robot from Boston Dynamics, is now also for sale in Europe. Commercial sales of Spot had already started in the United States, following a successful Early Adopter program in which a number of companies in both Europe and North America integrated the robot into their operations.
Since its launch in September 2019, a number of domestic and international companies have rented Spot and integrated the technology into their operations. Demand for the robot has skyrocketed with increasing requests from European countries following the commercial sale of Spot in the US in June. Examples of applications where Spot has been used in Europe are:
- Internationally renowned architectural firm Foster + Partners used Spot to provide real-time construction monitoring of their Battersea Power Station project in London.
- Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, engaged Spot to improve the efficiency and reliability of their industrial operations through remote sensing and inspection of a thermal exhaust treatment plant.
- Kvaerner Stord used Spot to test automated tracking and management of 100,000 assets while surveying its 200,000 square foot shipyard using visual asset tracking technology, computer vision and 360 ° imagery.
Spot is designed to go where other robots can’t and perform a wide variety of tasks. Spot can be used to automate construction progress documentation, monitor remote or hazardous environments, and provide situation awareness in remote environments. The robot can be reconfigured for different use cases, with a modular platform that can be customized. The Spot can be equipped with a number of accessories known as payloads to increase efficiency and significantly reduce workplace safety risks.
Boston Dynamics’ payload offering includes cameras to add greater awareness and inspection capabilities, additional ports for easy integration of third-party payloads, computers that can be programmed to perform on-board data collection analysis, and LIDAR to enhance the perception of data collection. expand the basic system and increase autonomy. While the robot comes with a standard one-year warranty, users can choose to add Spot CARE to their purchase for extended coverage, expedited repair services, and free hardware upgrades.
“Boston Dynamics’ expanded sales area reflects both growing demand for Spot’s flexible, versatile technology and a growing partner network across Europe and North America,” said Robert Playter, CEO of Boston Dynamics. “This network is a crucial part of properly supporting the needs of our customers and changing Spot applications. As we expand our sales territory, we look forward to working with customers around the world to help them integrate Spot into their operations to increase efficiency and safety and increase human work for positive benefit. ”
Boston Dynamics continues to work with a number of established partners in Canada and the European region who provide additional technology to meet different customer needs. A growing list of software and integration partners such as Cognite, Energy Robotics, Clearpath Robotics and Reply extend Spot’s capabilities in a variety of environments, including power generation plants, decommissioned nuclear sites, factory floors, construction sites and research laboratories. This expanded sales area comes with Spot that completes the CE marking process for assessing mandatory compliance with EU directives for machinery, EMC and radio equipment that regulate industrial equipment sold within the European Economic Area (EEA).
Spot is intended for commercial and industrial use and is only available for purchase in the United States, European Union, United Kingdom, and Canada. Boston Dynamics prohibits sale of the robot in countries that are subject to ITAR or export control restrictions by the United States. Spot will remain available for lease to customers in other international markets through the Early Adopter Program. All orders are subject to Boston Dynamics terms of sale, which require the beneficial use of its robots. For more information about Spot, visit www.bostondynamics.com/spot.