Company behind nightmarish ‘robot dogs’ makes terrifying Christmas video

Merry Christmas, and welcome to Hell.

Google-owned robotics company Boston Dynamics is best known for its walking robot dog, a four-legged metal beast that can keep its balance on rough terrain. For the holiday season, the company put its herd of robot dogs to good use in a Santa-themed video.

This video is the animal version of the uncanny valley. For a couple of seconds, you think it’s just another clip of a Santa impersonator being pulled around in a sleigh. Then you realize that the reindeer are actually headless metal robots wearing antler headbands. 

Say hello to your new Nightmare before Christmas.

Screengrab via Boston Dynamics/YouTube

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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