We’ve seen a few robot dogs over the years, most notably James Bruton’s openDog and Boston Dynamics’ terrifying Spot hunter killer. Here’s one with a twist, created by computer engineering student Halid Yildirim. Halid’s big breakthrough has been to separate the electronics from the robot chassis, enabling different electronics modules to be swapped in and out.
Because it’s modular, there are key features, and non-key features that can be added or removed to keep the cost down. Core features include the computing unit, battery and power management units, remote control, GPS, gyroscope, and pressure sensors on the legs. Swappable capabilities include Lidar and gas detection modules.