The department is testing a 70-pound robotic dog that uses “cameras and lights mounted on the device which allow the NYPD to view its surroundings in real-time,”
The presence of the robot — which is painted blue, black, and yellow and has the label “DIGIDOG” on its side — drew attention from bystanders on the street near the crime scene. Several people pulled out their camera phones to take pictures and videos of the robo-K9-cop in action.
The robot dog, made by Boston Dynamics, can climb stairs, search and examine potentially dangerous areas, and carry a small cargo if needed. It can be equipped with optional gear to perform other tasks such as opening doors, recovering objects, and take measurements..