Unitree Robotics shared a video of two robot dogs (called A1) that are walked into an altercation. The full video shows one of them tracking its owner with what appears to be infrared, navigating an impressive array of common urban obstacles, like curbs, passersby, and it even recovers from tumbles before falling, according to the company's YouTube video.
But most importantly, this is a robot dog that doesn't walk away from a fight.
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. The two meet with an almost palpable tension, then launch into a series of charges, like mad bulls.
Though they both have equal ground and specs with which to throw down, the one on the right shows gruff determinism as it charges hard enough to launch onto the left-sided robot, which replays to show the full impact.
While we can't say no robot dogs were harmed in the production of this video, we can say that the winner must have landed the final blow off-screen.
Imagining robot dog fight broadcasts
Neither robot has teeth, but it can run 3.3 meters per second (roughly 10.8 feet per second). According to the company website, 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.
It would be interesting to see for how long these robot dogs can actually fight — their specs read a maximum operation time of 1 to 2.5 hours, which means it could possibly go on for the better part of an hour without charge, assuming they survive.
Of course, the real treat will be in the video feed of each respective robot — with real-time HD video transmission, and only a 0.1- to 0.2-second delay, organized robot fight broadcasts could flip between POV and ringside-seat camera feeds. Of course, the robots' video transmission is wireless.