Xiaomi unveils the CyberOne, its first humanoid robot

Xiaomi announced , first humanoid , debuted at the company's new product launch event in Beijing, alongside other innovative products. CyberOne is fitted with advanced arms and legs, supports bipedal-motion posture balancing, and reaches a peak torque of up to 300Nm.

The unveiling of the CyberOne humanoid robot came out of nowhere. Very few people were aware of the fact that Xiaomi was planning to unveil their humanoid robot at the event. This is not the first time the Chinese tech giant has launched a robotic product. The company previously unveiled a CyberDog, a mechanised dog-like robot. 

Ever since the launch of the product, there were rumours that Xiaomi was working on a humanoid robot, but these rumours were never substantiated in any way.

As per Xiaomi, the CyberOne is a full-scale humanoid bionic robot that is 177cm tall and weighs 52kg. It has been nicknamed “Metal bro” and somehow it also has been given a zodiac sign, Leo. The robot's face is made of a curved OLED panel and it can see the world in 3D. For hearing, it has two microphones.

It is equipped with Xiaomi's self-developed whole-body control algorithm, which can coordinate the movement of 21 joints. Further, the humanoid robot can interpret 45 human semantic emotions and distinguish 85 environmental semantics. The robot is claimed to learn new skills each day.

The CyberOne humanoid robot, according to Xiaomi, combines sophisticated mechatronics and artificial intelligence created by the company's specialized Robot Labs.

CyberOne is just a first-gen product and most of its aspects are still in the development stage so comparing it to something that we have seen from Boston Dynamics, wouldn't exactly be fair.. However, what Xiaomi's robot has done, is that they have definitely beaten Tesla's humanoid prototype.

Xiaomi's CyberOne Robot would cost somewhere in the range of 600,000 to 700,000 yuan (about $89,100 to $104,000) and it's not commercialized yet.

Robots still feel that they are a part of a dystopian dream, and often remind naysayers of scenes from movies like The Terminator, more than they would remind someone of robots from Wall-E. However, the recent innovations in the field suggest that the future is going to be full of automated gadgets and robots. 

Like it or not, robots will become a part of daily lives. That is the reason, why tech companies are working not just on mechanical, industry-specific robots, but more and more on general-purpose humanoid robots that would assimilate better with society.

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