Final August, Elon Musk introduced that Tesla was engaged on a bipedal humanoid robotic that might carry out boring and/or harmful duties for people. His firm has now unveiled two prototypes, one in all which may already stroll by itself.
The large reveal passed off at a Tesla workplace in Palo Alto, California final Friday (Sept. thirtieth), as a part of Tesla’s AI Day presentation.
After an introduction by Musk, a “tough growth” prototype named Bumble C slowly walked out onto the stage, waved to the viewers, did a double fist-pump, then walked again off once more. This was reportedly the primary time that the robotic had walked utterly by itself, unsupported by any overhead tethers.
A video presentation then confirmed some sensible functions of the robotic. Supported by a tether within the footage, Bumble C picked up and carried a field, picked up a watering can and watered some vegetation, then picked up and positioned a metal bar. In all instances, its onboard object recognition system was capable of visually determine the goal objects.
Musk then proceeded to announce a slicker, extra streamlined prototype – named Optimus – which is reportedly a lot nearer to the deliberate untethered manufacturing mannequin. As a result of it isn’t but capable of stroll, it needed to be pushed out by a bunch of technicians, after which it did display some arm, hand and leg actions.
Whereas each robots at present make the most of “semi-off-the shelf” actuators, Musk acknowledged that the ultimate model will function customized Tesla actuators, batteries and management techniques. Plans additionally name for it to have the ability to transfer all of its fingers independently (together with an opposable thumb). As is the case with the present prototypes, it’s going to make the most of an tailored model of the AI-based autopilot expertise already utilized in Tesla cars.
Based on Musk, the corporate’s final aim is to develop a totally autonomous robotic that may be simply manufactured in massive numbers, thus probably conserving its value someplace beneath US$20,000.
You possibly can see the robots in motion within the video beneath, beginning across the 16:55 mark.
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