Xiaomi unveils highly-anticipated humanoid robot - CyberOne

In a launch event in Beijing, Xiaomi revealed CyberOne - its new extremely advanced AI robot, which experts say is set to rival Tesla’s Teslabot

In the latest addition to its Cyber series, Xiaomi has joined the robotics race. 

During its launch event in Beijing, Xiaomi unveiled its first ever humanoid robot, named CyberOne. 

Xiaomi’s AI humanoid robot - what makes it so impressive?

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So, the question on everyone’s minds is, could this robot ever rival the Teslabot? 

Well, despite some internet jokes about the way that it walks, the overall consensus is that Xiaomi’s new robot could really step up the game. 

CyberOne stands at 5 feet 9 inches, weighs 115 pounds and can lift objects of up to 6 pounds (with a maximum of 3 pounds in each hand). It has also been fitted with arms and legs (in a system of 13 joints), and its own vision. As a result, it has the ability to walk independently, carry items and even perceive 3D space. 

What’s more - really demonstrating the current progress of AI - CyberOne can also recognise 84 different environmental sounds, detect and interpret human emotion, and offer comfort to people when they’re upset. 

"With AI at its core and a full-size humanoid frame as its vessel, this is an exploration of possibilities of Xiaomi's future technological ecosystem and a new breakthrough for the company," said Lei Jun, the Global CEO of Xiaomi. 

However, with the costs of CyberOne expected to reach around USD$89,000 - 104,000 per unit, the mass production of humanoid robots, or the futuristic vision of them joining humans in their homes, is still a long way off. 

But, Lei Jun remains highly optimistic about the commercial future of AI robots. 

"We think that intelligent robots will definitely be a part of people's lives in the future”, he added.

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