‘So watch me bring the fire and set the night alight‘ with Boston Dynamics robots!
Popular South Korean boyband BTS (Bangtan Boys) recently made a video partnership with Boston Dynamics robots. In a 2 minute and 40-second video, the BTS group did a dance challenge with real-life dancing robots called Spot. Will this change the image of robots as ‘scary’ and ‘creepy’ like in movies?
Boston Dynamics robot dance challenge with BTS
In this time and age, most people might probably think robots are actually a possible thing to happen. Now, Boston Dynamics proves this to be right. As a way of advertising their highly sophisticated design of a four-legged robot called Spot, the company, along with their recent car partner Hyundai, releases a welcoming video for Boston Dynamics through the popular K-Pop group, BTS.
“When we do these projects we always have two goals,” said Eric Whitman, a Boston Dynamics roboticist. “One is to use the video as motivation to improve the product. The secondary goal is to have fun making the video.”
On the first part of the video, Boston Dynamics robot Spot arises from the ground, highlighting the brand name of Boston Dynamics. Spot robot suddenly saw a box with a mini Hyundai car inside it. After this, the car moved and entered a sketchy building with a man outside it, checking their identification to enter the said building.
Hyundai car was immediately accepted inside while Spot was showed with a tight camera shot on the video. Upon entering the said building, the Spot robot seemed to be shocked seeing the K-Pop group standing at the center of the group with photoshoot lights and white background behind them.
The group was amazed to see the four-legged robot and Spot showed tricks to the group. Then, the song “IONIQ: I’m On It” was played.
How the robot dances
If you already watched the video, you might probably wonder how the dancing robot happened in the first place. In the behind-the-scenes blog post, Eric Whitman, a Boston Dynamics roboticist, explained: “everything had to be worked out in advance and scripted precisely.”
“There were a lot of challenges around getting the vision of our choreographer, who’s used to dealing with human dancers, into our software,” said Whitman who had a lead role in the “Spot’s On It” video released on June 29. “Everything had to be worked out in advance and scripted precisely. Robots have the advantage over humans in that they’re very repeatable: Once you get it right, it stays right. But they have the disadvantage that you have to tell them every little detail. They don’t improvise at all.”
Instead of using the robot’s built-in sensors or obstacle avoidance algorithms that Spot usually uses to get around and accomplish tasks, the dancing Spot robot used the “Choreographer” software, which was first to be witnessed on the video.
So far, the collaboration video already reached over 2.5 million views on Youtube. Probably, the video would be having more views as time passes by, especially with BTS faces on it.