Boston Dynamics, which is owned by Softbank, began as a spin-off from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Marc Raibert and his colleagues first developed robots that ran and maneuvered like animals. Boston Dynamics has since become a world leader in mobile robots, tackling some of the toughest robotics challenges.

It combines the principles of dynamic control and balance with sophisticated mechanical designs, cutting-edge electronics, and next-generation software for high-performance robots equipped with perception, navigation, and intelligence. Its robots include the Atlas humanoid, and Handle wheeled robot, and Spot quadruped. In June 2020, Boston Dynamics started selling Spot, marking the first time the company commercialized a robot.