CyberOne robot is Xiaomi’s answer to Tesla Bot

Xiaomi this week introduced CyberOne, a humanoid robot that appears to be up against Tesla Bot.

Weighing 52kg and measuring 1.77m tall, CyberOne appeared on stage alongside Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun at an event in Beijing on Thursday, August 11.

I was both nervous and excited to interact with him onstage. What did you think of his performance tonight? #CyberOne pic.twitter.com/Je1eXDYEGR

— leijun (@leijun) August 11, 2022

The robot waddled over to Jun before handing the boss a red flower. The reason for this seemed unclear, although it was likely to demonstrate CyberOne’s ability to skillfully grasp a range of objects with its mitt-like hands.

After Jun accepted the flower, Xiaomi’s first robot since CyberDog launched a handy kung fu move, it seemed better to decorate the man who gave the green light to its creation. Glad he was still standing, Jun then took a selfie with CyberOne and finished the introduction before something could go horribly wrong with the prototype.

A more cinematic video (below) featuring CyberOne ended up on Xiaomi’s YouTube channel, although in it the robot spends most of its time as if it desperately needs a bathroom – and falls over too. So no, it’s not quite as agile as Boston Dynamics’ spinning Atlas robot yet.

With a Mi-Sense depth-vision module that works in tandem with an AI interaction algorithm, CyberOne can perceive 3D space and recognize individuals, gestures and expressions, “allowing it to not only see its environment, but also process it,” Xiaomi said in a release .

It added that the robot’s cleverness also makes it possible to recognize 85 types of environmental sounds and 45 classifications of human emotions. CyberOne can also detect happiness and “comfort the user in times of grief”, although the company does not specify how it does this. “All of these features are integrated into CyberOne’s processing units, which are coupled with a curved OLED module to display real-time interactive information,” the company explains.

CyberOne reminds us a lot of Tesla Bot, a robot unveiled last year by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The flamboyant entrepreneur said at the time that Tesla Bot would be deployed to “eliminate dangerous, repetitive, boring tasks” in the workplace. A prototype is expected sometime this year.

Xiaomi’s robot is also reminiscent of SoftBank’s Pepper robot and Honda’s Asimo, both of which have ended up in the large robotic graveyard in the sky. Hopefully, CyberOne will avoid an equally tragic fate.

It’s not entirely clear what Xiaomi is planning for CyberOne, and judging by the contents of a tweet Jun shared on Thursday, he’s not exactly sure either. “CyberOne’s story is one of a new journey of discovery in the field of intelligent robots,” says Jun said in the mail. “We still have a long way to go, but we always believe that something great is about to happen.” Let’s hope.

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