The Unitree A1 is a Consumer Ready Robot Dog

    While we usually cover conventional technology here on, today we’ve got something a lot more interesting. Unitree is a Chinese robotics start-up, and the Unitree A1 is a robot dog, one that’s surprisingly funny to watch run along the road.

    This isn’t the first robot dog that Unitree has created, as the start-up had released the Laikago a bit earlier. The difference however is that the Laikago was a much larger, less practical, and also cost $45,000. The new A1 on the other hand will cost less than $10,000, which is a huge difference.

    The Unitree A1 robot dog is equipped with front cameras, which are its eyes. It can record everything it sees in real-time in HD resolution. It transmits live HD video back to a human operator – it can also operate autonomously, and its RTOS (real-time operating system) even includes a mode in which the robot will track and follow a specific person.

    When standing, it measures 500 mm long by 300 wide by 400 high. Its total weight is about 5 kg, and the internal battery lasts from one to two and a half hours. Rather fast, in fact, it can travel up to 3.3 meters per second (11.88 km/h). The A1 can carry a maximum payload of 5 kg (11 lb), and has a top walking speed of 3.3 meters per second (10.8 ft/s).

    It doesn’t just end there however, the A1 also features 2 HDMI ports, 2 Ethernet ports and 4 USB 3.0 ports.

    One charge of its lithium battery pack should reportedly be good for one to 2.5 hours of runtime. Including that battery, the robot weighs 12 kg (26.5 lb). Thanks to flexible limbs and a powerful motor – it can perform all kinds of jumps and tricks. Moreover, on each paw, there are sensors that send data to the motor and make movement even more efficient.

    For those of you who are curious about the robot dog, you can check it out on Unitree’s website here. It’s not on sale just yet, but it’s very interesting and we’d like to see it go on sale soon just to see how the reception is.

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