Boston Dynamics founder and CEO Marc Raibert discussed possible applications on stage at the TechCrunch event. “I think people think that it’s easy to get around with wheeled [robots], but that’s really not the case. Every place you go has some obstacle that wheeled things struggle with,” like going up and down stairs for search-and-rescue missions. “We think SpotMini can go to a much larger fraction of places.”

Unsurprisingly, even when prompted by TechCrunch moderator and Editor Brian Heater, there was no mention of specific security industry applications. After all, an ‘accessibility aid for the impaired’ sells a lot better, than a ‘walking death machine, with a machine gun mounted to its back.