The first humanoid robot from the Chinese company Xiaomi, presented at the presentation of the company’s new product in Beijing, has a height of 1 meter 77 centimeters, a weight of 52 kilograms and an arm span of up to 1 meter 68 centimeters.
“Hi CyberOne, come here,” Lei Jun, CEO of the company, presented his revolutionary invention on stage. “Why don’t you introduce yourself to everyone present?” he added.
“Hi everyone. I’m CyberOne,” a synthetic voice greeted the audience from the body of the machine. Soon, the bipedal android approached the head of a Chinese technology company with a precisely calculated step and handed him a flower.
You can also listen and view information along with footage of the robot and its competition in the video report attached to this article.
In this way, Xiaomi has confirmed its growing ambitions in the field of robotics. Last August, he introduced his CyberDog, a robotic dog that bears a striking resemblance to the world-famous Spot from the American company Boston Dynamics. And now, according to media reports, the humanoid robot CyberOne resembles Atlas from the same company – although in movements, or rather “parkour” movements, they certainly will not match.
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However, in the commercial itself, the Chinese car depicts a man who is just learning to walk. And the competition should rather be for Tesla’s android Optimus, announced last year, which should be shown to the public at the end of September. This is also somewhat similar, and the main thing they have in common is that, in addition to working in industry, both must also serve in the house as helpers and companions of people. Therefore, unlike the others, each of them has one essential and humanizing part – the head.
In the case of the recently introduced CyberOne, its face is a curved OLED display that can display various information. At the same time, it is said to hide the newly developed Mi-Sense deep vision module, so it can see in three dimensions (3D). And in combination with the so-called “interaction algorithm”, it can recognize people in its environment, their gestures and expressions – it should be able to identify up to 45 emotions at most.
In addition to vision, the Chinese android also has hearing – according to Xiaomi, it is also equipped with two microphones capable of recognizing 85 types of ambient sounds.
The device walks on two legs, while its own algorithm also determines the stability and naturalness of walking. And their drive is provided by an engine with a torque of 300 Nm, which is as much as even ordinary cars have.
Legs with the power of a car
CyberOne’s humanoid robot arms are powered by a smaller motor with a tenth of the power and weighing only half a kilo. But it is still enough for him to be able to carry another one and a half kilograms of weight with each hand.
The Chinese tech giant says powerful motors, along with 13 joints and artificial intelligence, allow its android to perform up to 21 degrees of freedom, or various human-like movements, with a response speed of about half a millisecond for each.
According to Xiaomi, CyberOne will find use both in industry and at home as an assistant and companion in the future. But it will probably take some time, and it is quite possible that Tesla and its Optimus, Boston Dynamics and its Atlas, or even another American company, Agility Robotics and its Digit, will win the race for the first usable android.
The Chinese in Beijing clearly presented only a prototype, not capable of any more practical tasks. However, the price tag of the car is already estimated at between 600,000 and 700,000 yuan, that is, between 2.1 and 2.45 million crowns. But they have not yet announced when it will go on sale.