Fans of Boston Dynamics robots can already purchase the robot Spot model for about $ 75,000, but many reasonably consider it overpriced. The product turned out to be too complicated, and frankly, there was little benefit from it, but at the same time, almost everyone agreed that the concept of the robot dog was excellent. Hong Kong startup MangDang took it on board and created a tiny robot puppy incomparably cheaper and more interesting than Spot.
The construction of the robot Mini Pupper is about the same: the torso is on four legs, only the dimensions are small: 209 mm long, 109 mm wide and 165 mm high, with a weight of 560 grams. The limbs provide the robot with 12 degrees of freedom of movement, he can trot and jump. The battery capacity is 800 mAh, which is enough for 25 minutes of active action.
The good thing about robot Mini Pupper is that it is an open source, modular type platform. The robot has a Raspberry Pi 4B microprocessor, which allows you to program it in your own way, control it remotely and connect arbitrary modules. For example, a lidar or a 3D camera for self-orientation on the ground. It also has an LCD screen for displaying emoticons and pictures that mimic the expression on a “puppy” face.
By default, robot Mini Pupper is a builder for enthusiasts who will build their own versions of the robot themselves. But there is also a ready-made assembly at a price of $ 589. It is definitely easier and cheaper than Spot.