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Robots Made Famous on YouTube Could be Headed to Cirque du Soleil

The circus says it's in talks with robot maker Boston Dynamics about using the four-legged Spot robot in its shows

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    Robots Made Famous on YouTube Could be Headed to Cirque du Soleil
    Boston Dynamics made a deal this spring, but overall M&A activity in Massachusetts is down this year.

    Animal-like robots that started out as a military-funded research project might be shipped off to the circus instead of the battlefield.

    Cirque du Soleil says it's in talks with robot maker Boston Dynamics about using the four-legged Spot robot in its live shows.

    The agile robots walk, climb stairs and open doors. They have become famous on YouTube but haven't been applied commercially since the company was founded in 1992.

    That's changing this fall. The Waltham, Massachusetts, robotics firm revealed in a YouTube post this week that Spot is now in mass production and shipping to select customers for such uses as monitoring construction sites or inspecting energy facilities.

    Watch: Robot Dog Interacts with Real Dog

    [NATL] Watch: Robot Dog Interacts with Real Dog
    The robot's lifelike movement catches the attention of a real dog. This is the latest quadruped robot from Google's Boston Dynamics group.
    (Published Tuesday, March 1, 2016)

    Cirque du Soleil says it's still in the "ideation" stage and evaluating Spot's potential in live entertainment.

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