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The ulti-mutt pet? Chinese tech company develops robot dogs that uses AI to 'hear' and 'see'

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It's whip fast, obeys commands and doesn't leave unpleasant surprises on the floor – meet the AlphaDog, a robotic response to two of China's burgeoning loves: pets and technology. The high-tech hound uses sensors and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to'hear' and'see' its environment – and can even be taken for walks. "It's really very similar to a real dog," says Ma Jie, chief technology officer at Weilan, the company behind the product. The Nanjing-based creators say their robot dog – which moves at a speed of almost 15 kilometres (nine miles) per hour and spins on the spot like an excited puppy – is the fastest on the market. With four metal legs it is more stable than a real dog, Ma explains as one of his team swiftly kicks it to prove the point.