Xiaomi unveils affordable open-source robot dog ‘CyberDog’

CyberDog
CyberDog

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Xiaomi is also getting into robotics with the launch of the new Xiaomi CyberDog. CyberDog is a robot dog that looks like robot dogs by Boston Dynamics but Xiaomi is winning the pricing game. CyberDog will be priced at RMB 9,999 (~1600 USD). A Boston Dynamics Spot robot dog costs around $70k.

The software of CyberDog is open source and Xiaomi will also set up its own community of robotics developers who can develop components and modules for the robot dog. The software runs on amnestying NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX chipset that has 384 CUDA cores, 48 Tensor Cores, and twin deep learning acceleration engines.

At the front, it has an Intel RealSense D450 Depth camera along with several other cameras and sensors including binocular ultra-wide fisheye lenses, ultrasonic senses, GPS, and touch sensors. It also has a six microphone array.

For the movement, Xiaomi has developed servo motors that can offer maximum torque output of 32 Nm. CyberDog can move at up to 3.2 meters per second and can also do complex motions, like backflips. It can also carry up to 3 kg in the payload.

There is also a voice assistant for hands-free control and a CyberDog smartphone app. It also has three USB Type-C ports and an HDMI port. It also supports facial recognition and can spot and track the owner. It can also follow the owner’s rooms while working its way around potential obstructions.

Xiaomi will release 1,000 CyberDog units at RMB 9,999 apiece, to begin with. The company has also not talked about making it available outside of China

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