Hangzhou’s Zhejiang University has recently shown off its brand new four-legged robot, which many online can’t but feel that they’ve seen before.
The “Jueying” robot is 1 meter long, 60 cm tall, and weighs in at 70 kg. It’s electric, able to run for about two hours on a single charge, and is capable of hitting a top speed of just over 6 kph. It can handle rough terrain as well as stairs while carrying a load of up to 20 kg. Its designers say that the robot may be used for security checks, logistics, education, and research.
However, many internet users are less than impressed, calling the Jueying just another Boston Dynamics ripoff. The US-based robotics company first started work on own its famous canine-like quadruped robot, BigDog, back in 2005. The robot dog was to be a pack mule for US soldiers in the field, but the project was finally shelved a decade later after its petrol-powered engine was deemed “too noisy for combat.”
The company then began work on other quieter projects like the electric Spot and SpotMini, which look very similar to Zhejiang University’s own creation. Curiously, Xinhua’s report on the robot fails to mention Boston Dynamics and doesn’t even use the word “dog.”
More stolen American Technology.
China excels in theft.
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Hmm. Looks familiar, though I can’t quite place my finger on it. pic.twitter.com/HCbRWJ3NRY
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China’s tech revolution:
And recent immaculate copy of Boston Dynamics robot family.
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Last year, a Hangzhou-based startup called Unitree Robotics was also called out for creating a Boston Dynamics “copycat” in its Laikago robo dog.