The Tonight Show, a popular late-night talk show, has hosted many talented performers from around the world. However, on Tuesday it hosted a dance performed by a group of robots for the first time.
Created by Boston Robotics, the three robots, each named SPOT, danced to K-pop group BTS’ song “IONIQ: I’m On It.” Before the dance performance, show host Jimmy Fallon spoke with Boston Robotics CEO Robert Playter.
Fallon asked Playter what SPOT, known as the robot dog, could do besides dance, pour beer and climb steep stairs. “So SPOT goes to dangerous places where people don’t want to go, nuclear plants, electric utilities, and does inspections to make sure the equipment is working properly. So we made SPOT a platform,” Playter replied.
I am both loved and freaked out by this cos ioniq is such a bop but also??? https://t.co/KPTzT7b3pX
— lola⁷🔮 (@_lolafloral_) February 2, 2022
— Jennifer⁷ 2 Time Grammy Name BTS Fan (@JenBTSVTJ) February 2, 2022
EXCUSE ME WHY THIS ROBOT KNOW THIS SONG BEFORE ME NO ONE TOLD ME THIS ECXISTED https://t.co/xAXihHBt1f
— gws jimin (@ltbthv) February 2, 2022
Even BTS music in the background can’t make these robots appealing to me. If I ever see them I will run screaming and crying 😭
Cool thing using the IONIQ song cause it’s such a bop https://t.co/I8qAPTe4Hv
— BabyKoo⁷ 🍓 (@BabyKoo88) February 2, 2022
My kids love to watch @BostonDynamics robot videos, but they still scare me. 😂 https://t.co/USKuL6Ncz0
— LeeLee (@Leelee_eeleel) February 2, 2022
— Basil Tarragon Sage (@TarragonSage) February 2, 2022
so cute and so cool 😍🔥 https://t.co/FCPrRMiRZ9
— The Girl Named Prince (@girlnamedprince) February 2, 2022
They all look alike ?
Do they also do lip sync? ? https://t.co/hqDOc8F8uk
— ˗ˏˋCIRUS⁷🐣 (@innerchilding7) February 2, 2022
This robot covered a BTS song better than many real people https://t.co/073JviCrv9
— Sam⁷ (@BTSOriented) February 2, 2022
This isn’t the first time SPOT has danced to a popular song. In December 2020, Boston Robots released a three-minute video of the humanoid robot Atlas and SPOT perfectly on pace with Do You Love Me by The Contours. The video instantly went viral and surpassed 15 million views within days.
In June 2021, seven SPOT robots danced with the seven members of BTS on “IONIQ: I’m here”. The adorable video was posted by car brand Hyundai as it welcomed the robots after acquiring the AI-powered robots. (link to previous article here).