Leave it to a Google-owned company to send out the creepiest virtual holiday greeting this year. Boston Dynamics is a robotics firm located in Massachusetts that has gotten recognition on the internet before for it's strangely life-like, but robotic looking creations. The company has posted several videos of its mechanical creatures to show off their advanced capabilities, and I'll have to admit, they're pretty impressive.
Spot, the company's newest model, mimics our favorite 4-legged creature, the dog. Spot maintains balance on 4 robotic legs and has uncanny resemblance to the movements of an actual dog. At 73kg, the model is the size of a large canine and is designed to carry up to 180kg of equipment or gear, most likely for use by the military. However, what's most impressive about the robot is its ability to recover after experiencing a physical encounter. What I'm trying to say here is that the robot actually can withstand a kick from a human being, recover on its own, and successfully stand back up.
Does it feel a little weird that you still cringed when it got kicked even though it's not a real dog? Hang on, because the holiday video is creepy and cringe-worthy too. The video features three robotic "reindeer" that have been costumed with antlers and red noses, dragging a female Santa Claus through a non-snowy hill in Boston to the tune of Jingle Bells. That doesn't sound so bad, right? It's only 25 seconds long, but it will stick with you all day. Don't believe me? Take a look for yourself below.
Yeah, so...Happy Holidays everyone! Hopefully Santa isn't thinking of replacing his reindeer any time soon because these guys really creep me out. Not to mention, I'm pretty sure some kids would be horrified and run away in terror if they saw anything like this up on their roofs. No one wants to feed a carrot to those things. I think I'll stick to watching real dogs being dressed up like reindeer this year. Happy Holidays!
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