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Meet Robbie, the walking talking robot guide dog

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In a world where technology seeks to improve our lives, could the traditional guide dog have a hi-tech competitor?

Robbie the RoboGuide, developed by the University of Glasgow, integrates sensor and AI technologies into a walking robot body, creating the possibility to navigate, communicate and describe environments.

One of the motivations behind the project is to create a cheaper alternative to guide dogs, as well as equipping people to extend their senses and helping fill the gaps when there are shortages training up and placing new dogs.

BBC Scotland reporter Ian Hamilton, who has navigated the world with the aid of guide dogs for more than 40 years, has been along to the university with his own four-legged friend Major to take a test drive.

Video filmed by James McLaughlin. Edited by Doug Kennedy.

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