robot dog of Museum of the Future in Dubai
The 'pet' uses 360-degree perception to map terrain and avoid obstacles; it can balance on uneven surfaces Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Museum of the Future in Dubai has introduced a four-legged robotic ‘dog’ as the latest member of the museum’s growing family of advanced robots. The agile robodog, which has 3D vision and moves using 17 joints, will join Ameca, the museum’s AI-powered humanoid, along with Bob the robot barista and the museum’s flying robots, among several others.

The museum’s visitors will be able to interact and play with the new robotic pet. Robodog is an advanced robot that uses machine learning and navigates the terrain with “unprecedented mobility” for a robot. It will roam the museum lobby greeting and interacting with all those visiting.

new robodog at MOFT Dubai
The robot will learn more as it plays more with visitors Image Credit: Supplied

The Museum has invited people on social media to name the robodog. Individuals can suggest names via the museum’s social media handles, including Twitter and Instagram.

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Majed Al Mansoori, deputy executive director at the Museum of the Future, said: “We are excited to welcome the latest addition to our family of intelligent robots. With Ameca, the robodog, and others, the Museum of the Future enables visitors to meet some of the most cutting-edge and advanced robots and AI systems currently on the market. We welcome visitors to come and meet our interactive robots and learn about the technologies that are shaping our future today and tomorrow.”

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The robodog was designed by US tech firm Boston Dynamics. It uses 360-degree perception to map terrain and avoid obstacles and can balance on uneven surfaces. The robodog’s base platform provides advanced mobility and perception to navigate stairs, gravel, and rough terrain while collecting 2D and 3D information with on board-sensors.

The Museum of the Future is home to a collection of the most advanced technologies and robots in the world, which includes Ameca, the AI-powered humanoid robot, Bob, the robot barista, a robotic flying penguin, and a flying jellyfish, among many others.