Out: Pet dogs. In: Pet drones?

The current prototype for the Pet AR. Drone uses artificial intelligence algorithms to track its user, follow from a safe distance, and take photos and video. “This technology has the potential to change the way we live and enrich our lives,” Parekh said.

The Pet AR. Drone recently collaborated with dancers from the Barkin/Selissen Project to demonstrate the drone’s tracking abilities. In the film below, you can see the robot form a relationship with the dancer as it flies autonomously and dances with its human partner. The video asks the question, “when we love our robots, will it matter if they are human or not?”