Robot Dog On Virus Patrol in Singapore Park
A yellow dog-shaped robot, nicknamed Spot has found its fame around the internet after dancing to the song "Uptown Funk"
22 May 2020

A yellow dog-shaped robot, nicknamed Spot has found its fame around the internet after dancing to the song "Uptown Funk".

Spot, on patrol duty around Singapore park to remind the citizen to keep on social distancing
Spot, on patrol duty around Singapore park to remind the citizen to keep on social distancing

Spot, dispatched by the Singaporean government to help remind its citizens about social distancing. This dog-shaped robot is very hi-tech, and can climb all types of terrain easily. Spot also uses cameras to estimate the number of visitors in a cluster area.

To help remind residents, Spot made a reminder sound: "For the safety of yourself and those around you, please stand at least one meter apart. Thank you."

Spot, the robot dog, loved by kids.
Spot, the robot dog, loved by kids.

Developed by US company, Boston Dynamics, Spot is increasingly famous for its viral video where robots show off dancing to Mark Ronson's song "Uptown Funk" - and which has been seen more than 6.8 million times on YouTube.

Some residents said the robot was "cute" and useful as a way to determine how crowded the place is. However, other residents were alarmed, "I think it's really a strange way - using robots to monitor the activities of residents,"

The Singapore government has calmed residents of privacy concerns, saying Spot cameras cannot track or recognize individuals and no personal data will be collected.

Video of Uptown Spot:

Spot dancing to the song Uptown Funk