Photo of the Day: VIP Robot Dog


Our photo theme during the Spring Festival holiday is Enter the Dog: the funniest, cutest, weirdest, or otherwise most noteworthy images of our canine companions circulating around Chinese popular culture as we christen the Lunar New Year.

There were a lot of dogs in last night’s CCTV Spring Festival Gala, but this one in particular caught our attention in a close-up during the opening number. Must be a pretty important robot dog — seats at this thing are so exclusive, they can’t even be bought.

This guy was having a good time for sure:

Learn more about UBTech, the Shenzhen company behind this robot dog, here:

Chinese Robots Are Coming

And here’s a short video featuring our robot friend in the context of other notable robots in recent Gala history (remember that super creepy AI robot chorus from 2016’s program?):

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