In the video game “Arms,” the star is the smartphone, and the star is Neangrand, the robotic, space-faring command robot.
So Neangrand was understandably thrilled when his popularity spiked after being played on social media app TikTok.
But Neangrand’s Instagram was invaded by news photographers who found themselves dangling from the robot’s controls.
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“When we played the game Neangrand and his reaction level goes up and he’s so excited … that’s why all the journalists jumped on his section for a long time to make more points with their background shots,” toy creator Andrew Chang said in a video posted to YouTube.
Video from CNET shows the berserk scenes when a CNET photographer leaped off the robot’s chest before scrambling onto the robot’s arms to shoot an angle for the story.
YouTuber WorldGig added to the madness by capturing one of the few humans who climbed onto Neangrand’s lip.
“Reporters at CNET quickly realized that this artificial intelligence version of Neangrand is not the bots replacement for Dronestagram,” Google Earth’s Tech Report wrote.