Vomit-pet pet? Chinese tech company develops robo-dogs

An Alphadog flattened the robot at a workshop at the Weilan Intelligent Technology Corporation in Nanjing, China.

Nanjing, China:

This whip is fast, obeys commands and does not leave unpleasant surprises on the floor – meet Alphadog, a robotic response to two grumbling loves of China: pets and technology.

High-tech hounds use sensors and artificial intelligence (AI) technology to ‘hear’ and see their environments – and can even be taken for walks.

“It’s really similar to a real dog,” says Ma Ji, chief technology officer at Veilon, the company behind the product.

Alpha Spot follows in the claw print of “Spot”, a four-legged machine designed for industrial use by Boston Dynamics that became an Internet sensation after appearing in a series of viral YouTube videos.

Its Nanjing-based manufacturer is instead targeting the consumer market and calls its robot dog – which moves at a speed of about 15 kilometers (nine miles) per hour and roams the spot like an excited puppy – on the market. Is the fastest.

With four metal legs it is more stable than a real dog, Ma explains that one of his team kicks it to prove the point fast.

According to AFP, “it can predict ground friction and altitude (it) can adjust its height, adjust stride frequency and be environmentally friendly,” he tells AFP, because The robot is slowly moving up a set of stairs.

To operate the robot autonomously, its manufacturers are using 5G technology, super-fast Internet speeds with instant response times.

Ma studies reinforcement learning – studies how to reinforce tasks at Oxford University through reward or punishment, and says that he has used that knowledge to explain how AI dog mimics canine. We do.

Dog ownership was banned under the leadership of Communist China founder Mao Zedong – but has leapt dramatically since then.

In the first month of sales, more than 1,800 AlphaDogs have closed shelves, despite a whopping price tag of 16,000 yuan ($ 2,400).

“The orders are mostly from computer developers, tech geeks and kids, who really like it,” Ma said.

Robot rollout

As China tries to expand its workforce, Beijing is investing heavily in robotics and AI.

Robots are used to deliver parcels, serve restaurants, deliver information to stations, and even take grooves for Kovid-19 tests.

The Weilan workshop is offered by young tech enthusiasts, filled with pencil design sketches and a central barrier passage of stairs and slopes for testing machines.

The developers hope that in the future the use of their four-legged friend may benefit the visually impaired.

“Helping the disabled is an important developmental direction for us,” Ma says. “When a robot dog has the functions of vision, hearing and communication, it can easily interact with people with disabilities, and take them to the supermarket or bus.”

Future software updates will include “barking” the dog – and in addition, even add human voices to allow interaction between the pet and the owner.

There is also a large “enterprise” dog model designed for industrial inspection of machinery or pipes.

The next generation of AlphaDogs as pets can also introduce “personalities” to dog toolkits to make them even more canine-like, as well as extending some of its brief battery life.

(This story is not edited by NDTV staff and auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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