Hyundai recently acquired Boston Dynamics, the company behind the internet’s viral dancing Spot and Atlas robot, and the company is collaborating with the astonishing K-Pop boy band, BTS, for a dance-off.
The company is challenging the boy band on a new video that shows seven Spot robots grooving to the band’s 2020 song “IONIQ: I’m On It”
Spot’s dance moves were quite a show-off and do you think that they were as good as the OG BTS at some point?
Well, BTS doesn’t seem to worry about the competition as a blog post by Boston showcased the behind the scene shots of how they pulled off the extremely coordinated dance routines with precise programming to present a tough competitor for BTS itself.
A second video shows off the band celebrating the Hyundai acquisition alongside a Spot robot, and both the boy band and bot come together for a brief dance-off.
“Everything had to be worked out in advance and scripted precisely,” explains Eric Whitman, a Boston Dynamics roboticist. Monica Thomas, a professional choreographer who the company worked with on its previous dancing robot videos, was there to assist out Spot’s dance moves.
“An athletic performance like dance stresses the mechanical design of the robot, and it also stresses the algorithms in the software,” says Marc Raibert, founder and chairman of Boston Dynamics, explaining why they keep showcasing robot dance videos.
Meanwhile, the company’s last dancing video has over 32 million videos on YouTube, and now a collaboration with BTS, one of the most popular bands on the planet with the greatest ‘Army’, is a viral video, no doubt about that and of course, the latest video could get other companies to buy their spot robot for $74,500 each!