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Neil Cresswell, CEOFebruary 23, 20211 min read

Discovering Boston Dynamics Spot CORE Uses Portainer for Docker Container Management

We started Portainer to make using Docker containers easier for everyone. We hoped our open-source community edition would attract a diverse base of users, but even we were surprised by our latest community member, Boston Dynamics! Turns out they’re using Portainer to deploy Docker containers for Spot CORE!

Spot is their commercial “robot dog”. Spot is unique because it is designed to be accessible outside of traditional robotics. It’s more than just an OS, it’s a platform that allows customers to upload custom commands and actions that control Spot’s missions. And each robot is an independently configurable beast. The ability to load custom software applications or hardware add-ons known as “payloads” on Spot is a fundamental differentiator for Boston Dynamics and is the reason we see so many cool applications of Spot in the wild. Portainer is one of the tools that makes it easy for Boston Dynamics’ customers to upload their custom applications onto Spot. 

To quote their blog: “Portainer is a complete software solution for container management to speed up software deployments and troubleshooting on the Spot CORE. It is the recommended method for managing Docker containers on Spot CORE.” Portainer was founded to make container management easier, and we’re dancing just like the robots (admittedly perhaps not quite as well) to learn of this application. We’re also keen to see where the Boston Dynamics community takes Spot next.

Now that they’ve introduced the new remote inspection solution, a new arm, and self-charging, the possibilities for Spot are continuously expanding. 

See Spot’s new arm in the video below (and who wouldn’t love that laundry robot?)

Are you using Portainer (or Spot) in a unique way? Interested in learning more about how we make containerization easier? Let us know in the comments below, or send us a Tweet on @portainerio.


Neil Cresswell, CEO

Neil brings more than twenty years’ experience in advanced technology including virtualization, storage and containerization.


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