CyberDog the cheap Chinese from Xiaomi

The Chinese company Xiaomi unveiled a four-legged robot named CyberDog: an open source experimental machine that the company says has "incredible potential".

The CyberDog is the latest example of technology companies wanting quadrupeds in robotics. The most notable example of the trend is the Spot, a machine made by the American company Boston Dynamics. The Spot was launched last year for $ 74.500 and has many different uses, from inspecting hazardous mines to helping doctors connect with their patients remotely. It has also been tested by both law enforcement and the military, without a weapon.cyberdog 05

The purpose of the vision is not known Xiaomi for CyberDog. In a press release, the company stressed the nature of the open source design of the machine and that it would release only 1.000 units initially for its "fans". Xiaomi, engineers and robot lovers ”.

The company says it hopes these first users will "promote the development and capabilities of four-legged robots". The first 1.000 units will cost just $ 9.999, or about $ 1.540 (it is unclear if the price will be the same for future releases).

The same press release states that CyberDog has the ability to respond to voice commands and follow its owner like a real dog. However, looking at his pictures CyberDog, it is clear that the Xiaomi does not propose the machine as a rival to Spot. cyberdog 03

Η Xiaomi states that CyberDog is agile enough to do backflips, can walk at speeds of 3,2m / s (compared to 3,9m / s of Spot) and weighs 3kg (compared to 5,2kg of Spot). The CyberDog It is powered by Nvidia's Jetson Xavier artificial intelligence platform and is equipped with a range of cameras and sensors. These include touch sensors, a GPS module, fisheye wide-angle lenses and an Intel RealSense D450 camera for depth detection. These elements allow the robot to navigate semi-autonomously.

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"The CyberDog can analyze its environment in real time, create navigation maps, plan its destination and avoid obstacles. Combined with human posture and face recognition monitoring, the CyberDog "is able to follow its owner and escape obstacles", says the Xiaomi. The machine can also respond to voice commands, recognize words and wake-up instructions, or it can be controlled using a smartphone app.

The CyberDog It also has three USB-C ports and one HDMI port, which according to Xiaomi can be used to customize hardware. The company says that LED sensors, panoramic cameras and search lights could be added to the robot.

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