Residents in the Bronx, New York stopped dead in their tracks as a four-legged robotic dog trotted down East 227th Street Tuesday. The machine, called Digidog, was accompanying human officers responding to a home invasion and barricade situation. Digidog joined the New York Police Department last year, which changed the machine's yellow color to blue and black and gave it a new name - it was initially named'Spot' by its creators Boston Dynamics. The robotic dog, according to reports, was sent inside a building in the Bronx to climb stairs and investigate an area for a hostage situation – but no one was found. The videographer, Daniel Valls of FreedomNews.tv, said the dog responded to a home invasion and barricaded situation on East 227th Street near White Plains Road in Wakefield. Digidog was designed for emergency situations that would otherwise be too dangerous for human officers.
Boston Dynamics has racked up hundreds of millions of YouTube views with viral clips of its futuristic, legged robots dancing together, doing parkour, and working in a warehouse. A group of meme-spinning pranksters now wants to present a more dystopian view of the company's robotic tech. They added a paintball gun to Spot, the company's doglike machine, and plan to let others control it inside a mocked-up art gallery via the internet later this week. The project, called Spot's Rampage, is the work of MSCHF (pronounced "mischief," of course), an internet collective that regularly carries out meme-worthy pranks. Previous MSCHF stunts include creating an app that awarded $25,000 to whomever could hold a button down for the longest; selling "Jesus Shoes" sneakers with real holy water in the soles (Drake bought a pair); developing an astrology-based stock-picking app; and cutting up and selling individual spots from a Damian Hirst painting.
You may have heard of Spot, the robot dog made by robotics company Boston Dynamics. While Spot was designed to help humans, the reality of a metal hound -- that can walk lockstep in an army of their robotic brothers, no less -- is terrifying. Regardless, capitalism has prevailed and last summer, Boston Dynamics made Spot available for sale at the low, low price of $75,000. MSCHF, the group behind viral stunts like Finger On The App and Walt's Kitchen, decided to buy a Spot. Naturally, they attached a paintball gun to their metal pup, plopped him in an art gallery with shootable and climbable objects, and created a game: Spot's Rampage.
At least one future is here right now. The prankster art / marketing collective MSCHF recently spent $74,500 to purchase a Spot robo-dog from Boston Dynamics. It mounted a Tippmann 98 paintball gun on its back and is allowing people around the world to remotely control the bot via their phones in an art gallery filled with its own work for two minutes at a time. MSCHF is calling it Spot's Rampage, and the event is happening on February 24th at 1PM ET. When killer robots come to America they will be wrapped in fur, carrying a ball.
Fox News Flash top headlines for Oct. 9 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com A limited-edition sneaker, which is filled with holy water in the soles and blessed by a priest, sold out within minutes of its debut, despite each pair costing a whopping $3,000. Brooklyn-based creative label MSCHF released the shoe, which is a pair of all-white Nike Air Max 97s that have been injected with holy water sourced from the Jordan River. Brooklyn-based creative label MSCHF is responsible for releasing the shoe, which is a pair of all-white Nike Air Max 97s -- though the design is in no way affiliated with Nike -- that have been injected with holy water sourced from the Jordan River.