Boston Dynamics has made plenty of waves with Spot, an innovative dog-like robot that various industries have been adopting for its advanced features that range from remote control via tablets to the ability to carry and power up to 14 kg of inspection equipment.
It’s now Xiaomi’s turn to dabble in the world of mechanical canine companions.
As noted in a press release shared today, the Chinese company has launched its own dog-like robot: the CyberDog. Described as a bio-inspired quadruped robot, Xiaomi’s CyberDog is a sleek-looking metal animal that represents the company’s first foray into quadruped robotics. It’s also expectedly packed with some of the latest cutting-edge technologies.
These include the NVIDIA Jetson NX, an AI supercomputer designed for embedded and edge systems that includes 384 CUDA Cores, 48 Tensor Cores, a 6 Carmel ARM CPU, and 2 deep learning acceleration engines. Essentially serving as the CyberDog’s brain, this platform is capable of 21 trillion operations per second, allowing the robot to eloquently process the massive amounts of data that it receives via its sensor system.
This sensor system comprises an array of camera sensors leveraging technologies derived from Xiaomi’s smartphone imaging advancements, as well as an Intel RealSense D450 Depth module. All of this hardware allows Xiaomi’s CyberDog to analyze its surroundings in real-time, create navigational maps, and even follow its owner around like a real pet.
Today, Xiaomi is releasing 1,000 units of CyberDog to Xiaomi Fans, engineers, and robotic enthusiasts to jointly explore the immense possibility of CyberDog. It will also set up the “Xiaomi Open Source Community” to constantly share progress and results with developers around the world, and promises to establish a robotics laboratory to provide a platform for engineers to continue the pursuit of future innovations.