What they lack in cuteness and cuddles, they make up for with skill and intelligence.
These smart robot dogs could well be the future of pet ownership.
Chinese tech company Weilan have developed the AlphaDog with the aim to see one in every home and business in the future, TeamDogs reports.
The robotic animal looks to be straight from a science fiction movie, using artificial intelligence to obey commands.
Its powerful walking computer system can be assigned to safeguard people and properties, patrol parks and communities, guide blind people, deliver packages to your front door, inspect highly dangerous places including machinery and pipes and even undertake rescues.
Like a loyal friend, the high-tech quadruped uses sensors and AI technology to see and hear its environment and try to accomplish commanded tasks autonomously.
It can move, at a walk, trot, bound or gallop, at a typical human walking speed of three or four miles per hour and even walk up stairs.
Like a real dog, it can only keep going for a few hours before running out of energy – then its battery needs recharging.
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Weilan is continuing to build more and more powerful robots and hopes that its intelligent machines will benefit people, and speed up the world’s transition to creating and producing everything humanity needs to survive and prosper in a sustainable way.
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“We are aware that our plan is crazy and absurd by any reasonable standard, but we are going to work really hard to make it happen,” says the company on its website.
“And the work we do will benefit humanity as well as people’s daily lives from Day One.”
There are several different robot dog models available to buy right now, with prices starting from around £4,100.