Whenever we cover a story about robotics, it often involves a humanoid piece of machinery that can do something to send chills down our spines. This is not the case here, with students at Stanford university revealing their tiny dog-sized robot – Doggo.

So this robotic creation does not really look like any canine we’re familiar with, nor does it resemble Sony’s Aibo, but the students are calling it a robot dog, so we have to as well.

The group of students who designed Doggo say its an open-source robotics tool that’s cheaper than some of the ones on the market today. If you’re comparing it to the ones that Boston Dynamics or MIT have then sure, but Doggo is still going to cost you under the $3 000 mark, which makes us think this offering is only for people serious about robotics.

As for what Doggo can do, its designers can be seen ushering it around the Stanford campus in the video below, with the robot also capable of performing a few tricks such as dancing, trotting and doing backflips. The hardware inside of Doggo is also quite powerful, enabling it to jump as high as 1.06 metres.

While there are indeed more elegant and sophisticated solutions out there, at the very least Doggo shows that a huge budget or research grant isn’t required in order to develop a robot of your own.

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.