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Feisty Little Robot Dog Cheaper Than Boston Dynamics

Much less expensive than robot dogs from Boston Dynamics (see LittleDog Robot Has Dynamic Double-Support Gait and Spot Arm From Boston Dynamics), and still cute and feisty!

As far as I know, the first really specific reference to a robotic dog in science fiction, from Frank Quattrocchi in 1952:

He allowed his hand to run experimentally over the concealed panel of studs under the fur of the robotís belly. He pressed one of the studs.

Instantly the animal came alive. It rolled over quickly and retracted its legs. Almost at once it was on its feet. The head swung from side to side only briefly before coming to rest with the eyes glaring at him. Stranton felt the hair rise on the back of his neck. The dog rocked backward into a crouch, its hind legs cocked. It began a low growl, producing it deep in the mechanical throat.

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