This robot dog takes the blind for a walk [VIDEO]

Robot Dog Walker Video

While not as elaborate or hi-tech as Sparkplug, Sari’s robotic pet dog in Transformers Animated, this droid is really capable of assisting blind people.

The latest prototype, the third created by Japanese company NSK since 2005, uses Microsoft Kinect to avoid obstacles and navigate rooms, streets and even stairs. Its creators have also added voice recognition to prevent the ‘dog’ from leading its master astray. The only problem is the robot is pretty slow (can only move 3.8 kilometers per hour) compared to real canines.

WATCH:

Hat tip to TechCrunch]