Spot is versatile and, even though it’s often described as a headless robot dog, it apparently has a face that the public loves. As such, it’s a perfect fit for the job of video vixen.
Why show off a fancy car, when every other entertainer does it too? This must have been the thought in Katy Perry and director Hannah Lux Davis’ mind, when it came to setting up the video for her collab with DJ Alesso, “When I’m Gone.” So, instead of a car, they chose Spot, shining a spotlight on the four-legged robot that can dance but, based on the second video below, wasn’t actually given the chance to prove it.
The official video is available at the bottom of the page. The single was released in full right before New Year’s Eve and is already climbing international charts. The video is set in the future and loosely tells the story of femme fatale Katy who may or may not be a virtual character, but clearly lives rent-free in her ex’s mind. Spot is her companion and, at one point, he gets to show off his dance moves. Sort of.
Spot was on lease from Loupe, a distributor for B&R Industrial Automation in California. The second video below is from Loupe, showing how Spot trained to learn the choreography from the video. It’s a shame that footage of it never made the cut in the final video, because we all know Spot can dance its non-existent butt off.