Tesla shows off unfinished humanoid robot prototypes at AI Day 2022

Enlarge / The strolling Optimus prototype demonstrated at the AI Day 2022 occasion.

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Today at Tesla’s “AI Day” occasion, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled an early prototype of its Optimus humanoid robot, which emerged from behind a curtain, walked round, waved, and “raised the roof” with its palms to the beat of techno music.

It was a dangerous reveal for the prototype, which appeared considerably unsteady on its toes. “Literally the first time the robot has operated without a tether was on stage tonight,” stated Musk. Shortly afterward, three Tesla workers rolled a sleeker-looking Optimus mannequin supported by a stand onto the stage that would not but stand by itself. It waved and lifted its legs. Later, it slumped over whereas Musk spoke.

Video of Tesla AI Day 2022

The total reside robot demonstration lasted roughly seven minutes, and the agency additionally performed an indication video of the strolling Optimus prototype choosing up a field and placing it down, slowly watering a plant, and shifting steel elements in a factory-like setting—all whereas tethered to an overhead cable. The video additionally confirmed a 3D-rendered view of the world that represents what the Optimus robot can see.

Three stages of the Tesla Optimus robot so far, presented at AI Day 2022.Enlarge / Three phases of the Tesla Optimus robot thus far, offered at AI Day 2022.

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Tesla first introduced its plans to constructed a humanoid robot throughout its AI Day occasion in August of final yr. During that earlier occasion, a human wearing a spandex swimsuit resembling a robot and did the Charleston on stage, which prompted skepticism within the press.

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At the AI Event in the present day, Musk and his staff emphasised that the strolling prototype was an early demo developed in roughly six months utilizing “semi-off the shelf actuators,” and that the sleeker mannequin rather more intently resembled the “Version 1” unit they needed to ship. He stated it could in all probability be capable to stroll in a number of weeks.

Goals of the Optimus venture embrace high-volume manufacturing (presumably “millions of units sold,” stated Musk), low-cost (“probably less than $20,000”), and high-reliability. Comparing the plans for Optimus to present humanoid robots from rivals, Musk additionally emphasised that the Optimus robot ought to have the brains-on-board to work autonomously, citing Tesla’s work with its automotive Autopilot system.

Tesla shared some specifications of its Enlarge / Tesla shared some specs of its “Latest Generation” prototype Optimus robot.

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Shortly afterward, Musk handed over the stage to Tesla engineers that gave overviews about growing the ability programs, actuators, and joint mechanisms that may make Optimus potential, replete with fancy graphs. “We are carrying over most of our design experience from the car to the robot,” stated one engineer, whereas one other engineer stated they drew a lot of their inspiration from human biology, particularly in joint design.

Earlier within the demonstration, Musk stated that they had been having the occasion to “convince some of the most talented people in the world to come to Tesla and help bring this to fruition.” Musk additionally emphasised the publicly-owned nature of Tesla a number of occasions, mentioning that if the general public would not like what Tesla is doing they might buy inventory and vote in opposition to it. “If I go crazy, you can fire me,” he stated.

After the two-and-a-half hour presentation, which additionally included prolonged updates on Tesla’s work with Autopilot AI, the Tesla staff gathered on stage to offer detailed answered questions from the viewers for over an hour.

[This is a developing story and will be updated as new information comes in.]

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