Friday, April 19, 2024

Xiaomi launches more intelligent, lifelike CyberDog 2

Xiaomi, China’s consumer electronics and smart manufacturing company, has unveiled the second iteration of its bio-inspired quadruped robot announced a couple of years ago. The latest CyberDog 2 comes as even more intelligent and lifelike compared to the predecessor.

Xiaomi says CyberDog 2 is smaller and lighter than the previous generation. The robot dog is approximately the size of a Doberman at 562 x 339 x 481 mm and weighs in at 8.9 kg. It rocks a bionic head design derived from the Doberman pinscher, combined with the newly created leg proportions.

The next-generation CyberDog comes equipped with the high-computing NX chip paired with dual co-processors, which can deliver 21 Tera Operations Per Second (TOPS) performance. In addition, it boasts Xiaomi’s self-developed CyberGear Micro-actuator, which further enhances the robot’s mobility and supports high-difficulty maneuvers, such as continuous back flip and fall recovery. Add to that, it comes with more precise control and will remain intact, even if continuously touched.

The robot comes packed with sensors and can still do back flips.
The robot comes packed with sensors and can still do backflips. Credit: Xiaomi

Furthermore, CyberDog 2 is equipped with a fusion sensing and decision-making system, offering 19 sensors for vision, touch, and hearing. The sensor suite includes a 4-mic array powered by Xiaomi AI voice algorithm, a RealSense depth camera, a 13 MP Interactive AI sensor, and an RGB camera backed by Fisheye cameras with a 146-degree Field-of-View, touch sensor, TG30 laser sensor, ultrasonic sensor, and ToF (Time-of-Flight) sensor.

With four articulated legs, the CyberDog 2 can achieve a forward speed of up to 1.6 m/s. It comes with a 4500mAh 97.2Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery, which is good for about 90 minutes run before recharge.

The Xiaomi robot dog has been made as open-source as possible, from coding to structural drawings, as well as providing graphical programming and the modular processing of various sensing capabilities. The company says that the robot has been repeatedly simulated and trained by more than 30,000 AI simulation dogs for more natural, lifelike behavior.

The CyberDog 2 is available in China for 12,999 Chinese Yuan (about US$1,782).