Boston Dynamics has made its viral dog-like robot — named Spot — available for purchase in the United States, costing a cool $74,500.

What’s going on:

Boston Dynamics began leasing the product last year, which is why it went viral in a number of videos. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was photographed with the dog as well.

Any U.S. firm can now buy the dog for $74,500.

Here’s the robot’s description:

“Spot Explorer is designed for developers eager to explore how flexible mobile robots can be adapted for tasks ranging from industrial inspection to entertainment.

“Spot comes ready to operate, right out of the box. With its flexible API and payload interfaces, Spot can be customized for a variety of applications. U.S. sales only. International customers, <a href="https://www.bostondynamics.com/spot-sales">contact sales</a> to inquire about lease options.”

What the robot does

  • The robot can move anywhere a human being can go. However, it can’t climb ladders and it might struggle to climb up stairs, too.
  • Boston Dynamics said the robot can monitor and inspect a number of areas, according to The Verge.
  • Boston Dynamics’ lead robotics engineer, Zack Jackowski, told The Verge: “We mostly sell the robot to industrial and commercial customers who have a sensor they want to take somewhere they don’t want a person to go. Usually because it’s dangerous or because they need to do it so often that it would drive someone mad. Like carrying a camera around a factory 40 times a day and taking the same pictures each time.”

The dog robot went viral already

  • The Boston Dynamics robot went viral two years ago after Bezos posted a photo on Twitter of himself taking his new dog for a walk, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.
  • Other videos of the dog showed it opening a door for one of its friends, too, which I explained for the Deseret News.