For some, dogs are loyal and loving.pets, and for someone - helpers doing hard work. In Russia and most other countries, dogs are often used by the police to capture criminals and search for drugs. In cold and snowy regions, the so-called sled dogs, which pull heavy sleds with people and cargo, are especially popular and universal in love. Perhaps in the near future they will finally be able to rest, because robots are already doing pretty good with their work.
The development of robotic dogs for thisAt the moment, several companies are engaged at once. The most famous of them is considered to be the American Boston Dynamics, which in 2019 plans to sell one hundred SpotMini robotic dogs. During the June Amazon Re: MARS trade show, it became known that buyers could use them as assistants in the transport of heavy building materials. They also have an alternative application - they will become participants in battles on robots.
What can a robotic dog do?
Another major manufacturer of dog robotsis a Chinese company Unitree Robotics. In 2017, she introduced a model called Laikago, which was named after the first dog on the moon. At 24 pounds, her height was 0.6 meters. According to the developers, one battery charge lasts for four hours of continuous operation. The strength of a robotic dog is enough to lift 7 kilogram weights.
Robot Dog Laikago
At the moment, the robot has an improved versioncalled Laikago Pro. Recently, she demonstrated her amazing ability to jointly lift and carry all sorts of weights. The video below shows how several robotic dogs easily lift a person and pull a quite decent-sized car with them. Also at the end is shown how the robot goes through the maze.
This video is direct evidencethat robots can now replace sled dogs. They are able to easily pull a heavy sled and the engineers now only need to figure out how to improve their stability in the snow. If desired, people can now buy such an assistant through the official Unitree Robotics website. The exact price on the site is not indicated, but foreign sources say the price is around $ 45,000.
Which robot is better?
In addition to the above robot, a Chinese companyis also developing the AlienGo model. The robot is equipped with a large number of sensors, so it is expected that it will navigate in space much better than its predecessors. Electric drives, located on the legs, provide him with maximum mobility. It is possible that this robot will become the sled dog of the future, because the abundance of sensors clearly improves its interaction with its "relatives". The main thing is that they have enough physical strength.
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