Boston Dynamics Is Finally Making Its Creepy Dog Robot Available for Purchase

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Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty Images

For years, the internet has been alternately awed and wildly disturbed by the adventures of Spot, the four-legged robotic assistant "dog" from Boston Dynamics. With surprising dexterity, Spot is apparently capable of locomoting, opening doors, and preparing five-star gourmet dishes. (We exaggerate, but then again, Boston Dynamics has not said that it can’t.)

Now, Spot is available for purchase or lease—but you’ll have to be an approved customer. Speaking with IEEE Spectrum, Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert said that the nimble cyber-pooch will find its forever home only with companies that can demonstrate a practical application for it: They have a limited inventory and plan to be selective. “What we’re doing is the productization of Spot,” he said. "It’s really a milestone for us going from robots that work in the lab to these that are hardened for work in the field.”

Spot may prove useful by traversing construction sites and performing visual inspections in workspaces where it may not be safe for humans to be. The robot can trot at up to 3 miles an hour and navigate obstacles using a built-in camera and sensors. Chillingly, it can also climb stairs. Optional add-ons in the future will likely include better cameras and an appendage that can grasp objects.

No price has been announced, though IEEE Spectrum writes it might “cost as much as a luxury car.”

[h/t Gizmodo]

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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The New Apple Watch SE Is Now Available on Amazon

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Apple/Amazon

Apple products are notorious for their high price tags. From AirPods to iPads to MacBooks, it can be difficult to find the perfect piece of tech on sale when you are ready to buy. Luckily, for those who have had their eye on a new Apple Watch, the Apple Watch SE is designed with all the features users want but at a lower starting price of $279— and they're available on Amazon right now.

The SE exists as a more affordable option when compared to Apple's new Series 6 line of watches. This less expensive version has many of the same functions of its pricier brethren, except for certain features like the blood oxygen sensor and electrical heart sensor. To make up for the truncated bells and whistles, the SE comes in at least $120 cheaper than the Series 6, which starts at $400 and goes up to $800. The SE comes with technical improvements on previous models as well, such as the fall detection, a faster processor, a larger screen, water resistance, and more.

Now available in 40mm ($279) and 44mm ($309), both SE models offer a variety of colors to choose from, such as sliver, space gray, and pink. If you want cellular connection, you’ll have to pay a bit more for the 40mm ($329) and the 44mm ($359).

For more, head to Amazon to see the full list of offerings from Apple.

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