YouTuber Zac Alsop has entered his robot dog into a dog show competition alongside real canines. The YouTuber announced his ‘experiment’ in a video he posted on his channel that has since then hit over 1.4 million views!
The 26-year-old YouTuber bought a Unitree Go1 robot dog, a quadruped AI companion robot amounting to $2,700. However, Alsop did not purchase the Unitree Go1 as a robot pet companion rather he planned on training his robot dog to join dog shows alongside real canines. “I believe this is the future of pet dogs, and I am going to prove it,” says Alsop.
He has named his robot dog ‘Roobot’ and has sought the help of an accredited dog trainer, Gina Pink, to help him train his robot dog. Set to win the competition, Zac Alsop also reached out to a choreographer and actor friend to help him put together a dance routine for Roobot to perform in the competition.
Unlike real canines, Roobot only needed three days of dog training before competition day. The audience was surprised to see a robot dog trot beside Alsop and enter the competition, needless to say, there were mixed reactions from the crowd. While Alsop and Roobot shook things up and made for entertainment, they did not win the competition.