We’re one step closer to the future depicted in the film I, Robot. As demonstrated by Tesla’s new robot showcase, we will soon have robots assisting us with daily tasks, at least in factories before our homes.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has revealed a prototype for Optimus, the company’s humanoid robot. Some of its AI software and sensors are shared with Tesla’s autopilot driver assistance features found in its vehicles. Musk claims that Optimus will be capable of much more than what was demonstrated live, and that it was also the first time it operated without a tether on stage.
The executive added that what distinguishes Optimus from other impressive humanoid robots is that it is designed for mass production in millions. The robot first entered the stage and performed a “raise the roof” dance move. The company also shows a few clips of Optimus performing other tasks, such as box picking.
The Tesla team later released another prototype of Optimus that was “very close to production,” with its body fully assembled but not fully functional. According to Musk, it was able to wave to the crowd but was not yet ready to walk. According to reports, the robot was built in just six months.
It comes with a 2.3kWh battery pack, a Tesla SoC, and Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity. The presentation focused on the robot’s movements in its joints and hands, demonstrating how each joint processed data. In the future, this should allow the robot to pick up objects with precision grip for smaller parts.
Musk has stated that production could begin as early as next year, with future applications including cooking, gardening, and more. He claims that it will be user-friendly and will transform the company’s assembly line and manufacturing operations. It could cost “probably less than $20,000.”