Robotic ‘German Shepherd’ has a top speed of 8.2mph, connects to Wi-Fi, and can climb your stairs

animated gif of the robot dog developed by Tecno at the mobile world congress tradeshow in barcelona 2024

Dynamic 1 is the first robot dog developed by the team at Tecno. It was demoed for the first time at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) tradeshow in Barcelona — the biggest mobile tech fair on the planet

Aaron Brown

By Aaron Brown

Published: 28/02/2024

- 13:05

Updated: 01/03/2024

- 11:49

Developed by the team at Tecno, this futuristic fur-less dog can be controlled with spoken commands or a smartphone app

  • Designers behind Dynamic 1 modelled the robot dog on a German Shepherd
  • It uses AI to recognise your voice and respond to spoken commands
  • Dynamic 1 relies on Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth to connect to an app and remote control
  • The 15,000mAh battery lasts 90 minutes, then you'll need to recharge your dog

While the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona is known for showcasing the latest mobile technology, including AI-powered phones that try to anticipate what you want to do before you’ve even decided, bendable phones that can be worn like a watch, and transparent Windows 11 laptops.

But Chinese brand Tecno made a splash with its high-tech hound, called Tecno Dynamic 1.

This adorable Wi-Fido is modelled on a German Shepherd, although it’s smaller in stature than you’d expect from that breed. As the model number suggests, this is the first canine effort from the team at Tecno. The Shenzhen-based company decided to build the digital doggie to showcase its hardware process and AI smarts, which power the interactions.

While most mutts only have two ears, the Tecno Dynamic 1 is fitted with four microphones over its body so that it can follow spoken commands. Tecno is using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enable voice recognition so that your Dynamic 1 knows when its owner is issuing a command.

a pictured of the tecno dynamic 1 robot dog leaping in the air

​Tecno says Dynamic 1 uses an innovative cooling system inside its knee joints to enable it to jump, climb stairs, bow, and wave 


If your battery-powered pooch isn’t responding, there’s also a smartphone app that lets you issue commands wordlessly. Tecno says it plans to sell a remote control to offer another — guaranteed — way to get your Dynamic 1 to sit, stay, or roll over.

Dynamic 1 can produce a powerful 45N.m/kg torque output. Tecno is keen to highlight the cooling system inside the knee joints that allows the microchip mutt to jump on the spot, climb stairs, and perform friendly gestures like bowing to handshaking.

At top speed, the fur-less canine can reach an impressive 3.7 metres-per-second ― that’s 8.2 miles-per-hour and means the Dynamic 1 should be posting a sub-20 minute for its next 5km on Strava. Yes, it’s certainly no slouch.

However, the biggest barrier to hitting that top speed for a sustained period is likely to be battery life. Tecno has fitted the 15,000mAh battery for up to 90 minutes of continuous use.

When it comes time to recharge the robo-dog, Tecno has designed the case to be modular so you can quickly swap-out the battery pack for (almost) continuous use. The electronics giant hasn’t revealed how long it’ll take to recharge those mammoth 15,000mAh cells ready for the next walkies.

Powering the Wi-Fi-enabled whelp is an eight-core high-performance CPU from ARM. This is processing input from a slew of sensors, including a depth camera, a pair of optical sensors, and infrared sensors to ensure the Dynamic 1 doesn’t fall or knock anything over.

Inside the Dynamic 1 is 64GB of built-in memory ― about the same that you’ll get with the entry level iPhone from Apple. The dog also relies on the latest WI-FI 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 technology to download software updates and connect to the companion app on your phone.

Speaking about its innovative robotic pup, General Manager of Tecno Jack Guo said: “At Tecno, we believe in the power of innovation to make the impossible possible. This year at MWC Barcelona, we are bringing the technologies of tomorrow to users, representing a major upgrade from our debut appearance.


“With groundbreaking new smartphones, AI and AR-powered products, innovative concepts and more, we are showcasing our unwavering commitment to extensive research and pioneering product development.

“We are looking forward to welcoming MWC attendees to visit us to experience for themselves how Tecno never stops chasing dreams and is reaching for the future.”

Sadly, there's no word on pricing or release date for those who want to unbox this 64-bitch, but those who are frightened of dogs will be glad that, having interacted with a demo unit of Dynamic 1 on the tradeshow floor at MWC 2024, we can guarantee that its bark is worse than its (giga)bite.

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