Unitree Robotics has produced a new robot dog called A1 to that tracks its owner with what appears to be infrared, following it through an impressive array of common urban obstacles, like curbs, passersby, and even recovers from tumbles before falling, according to the company's .
Notably, it also has mock-dog fights with twin A1 robot dogs.
Robot dog fights with Unitree Robotics' A1 robot
Priced at less than $10,000, the A1 robot dog weighs roughly 12 kilograms (26.5 pounds) with its battery installed, so we would not recommend assigning a real dog as an opponent to the robot. It doesn't have teeth, but it can run 3.3 meters per second (roughly 10.8 feet per second), and each joint has a maximum torque of 33.5 Newton-meters, so it might be cool to race your flesh-and-blood dog with the robot dog.
However, unlike most fit dogs, the A1 robot dog can only operate for 1 to 2.5 hours, but it makes up for this with real-time HD video transmission, with a 0.1- to 0.2-second delay, according to the company website. Of course, video transmission is wireless.
Unitree Robotics' robots have protection mode
The A1 robot dog can carry up to 5 kilograms (11 pounds), carries a suite of support function modes. Three protection modes, including emergency stop, fall protection, and overheat, are included. The sleek black robot dog also has four warning systems, including high temperature, overcharge, low voltage, and short circuit.
Its four-foot force sensors allow the A1 robot to receive foot support information directly, in a more reliable, efficient, and convenient way compared to some other robot dog configurations, according to the robot manufacturer's website.
In a world where robot development seems dominated by Boston Dynamics, it's exciting to see another contender engineer a robot with so much personality.