Chinese startup hopes to make home robots as affordable as smartphones, drones

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HANGZHOU CITY, ZHEJIANG PROVINCE, CHINA (Reuters / CBS Newspath) -- A Chinese start-up is hoping its 'robodog' can make quadruped robots as popular and affordable as smartphones and drones.

A Chinese start-up is hoping its 'robodog' can make quadruped robots as popular and affordable as smartphones and drones. Laikago, made by Unitree Robotics, was developed as a research platform but is also an attempt to make quadruped robots helpful. Courtesy: UNITREE ROBOTICS / Reuters / CBS Newspath

Laikago, made by Unitree Robotics, was developed as a research platform but is also an attempt to make quadruped robots helpful and more affordable.

Named after the Laika, the Russian dog that became the first animal to orbit earth, Laikago is about the size of a dog, weighs 22kg and costs between US$20,000 and US$30,000.

The robot needs to be driven by an operator using a wifi-enabled remote control and cannot operate autonomously.

Autonomous quadruped robots are under development at various institutions, including in Switzerland at ETH Zurich and in the U.S. at Boston Dynamics

The company says it has already received orders from China and other countries.



 
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