What unites Boston Dynamics, BTS and ballet?

The video, which marks Hyundai Motor’s acquisition of the company, shows four-legged “Spot” robots playing alongside “ONIK: I’m on It”, a song by Hyundai’s global ambassador and BTS mega band, promoting an electric car companies. In the video, several Spot-robots move with astonishing synchronization and security, and all this is shown with likable movements.

The promo video opens with five robots in a row, one behind the other, so that only the front Spot is fully visible. The robot’s heads rise and bloom with the music, flexibly forming into a star, then a coil, then a floral pose that breathes a melodic line. Their capacity for robotic accuracy allows for otherwise simple movements (raising the head, rotating 90 degrees, opening Spot’s “mouth”).

From a technical perspective, the robot’s ability to vary motion shows the growing subtlety of Boston Dynamics’ choreographic software, a component of its Spot Development Software Package (SDK) aptly called “Choreography.” In it, the robot user can select a series of choreo-robotic movements such as “bourree” – defined in the SDK as “fingertips crossed like a ballet move” – ​​and change its relative speed, turn and length of stance. In application throughout the dance, a single move, such as a “bourree”, can be reversed, opposite, performed wide or narrow, fast or slow, with increased or decreased distortion in the group. The choreography, by Monica Thomas, makes full use of this ability to perform all kinds of kaleidoscopic effects.

And how it all looks in the video that follows:

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