Recently, Xiaomi has surpassed Apple as the world’s leading mobile phone sales brand. The Chinese is about to launch the Redmi 10 line, which even had images leaked before its time. But the news announced by the company is no longer a smartphone or tablet, but a robot-dog: the CyberDog. It will come equipped with a mini supercomputer that does 21 trillion operations per second and an instantaneous obstacle avoidance system.
In a statement to the market made this Tuesday (10), Xiaomi waves to fans with the launch of the bio-robot CyberDog: they will be able to help develop the robot dog through co-creation or competition, according to the company.
Xiaomi’s robot dog will simulate flesh-and-blood dogs
The cybernetic dog itself will be able to simulate the effects of living beings made of flesh and bone, with 11 motion sensors that capture any gesture performed. This includes touch-sensitive sensors, cameras, ultrasonic devices, GPS (geolocation positioning via satellite) modules. Xiaomi warns that this will cause CyberDog to react according to changes in the environment in which it finds itself.
Behind the cybernetic dog’s “vision” are cameras programmed by Artificial Intelligence (AI), with a wide-angle fisheye lens for binoculars. In addition to the hardware, CyberDog will navigate using a SLAM (Instant Location and Mapping) system, capable of detecting and tracking objects.
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Through this SLAM system, the robot can create maps and solutions to circumvent obstacles in real time, finding new routes to the final destination.
In addition to the sensors, the CyberDog “eye” has an Intel RealSense D450 depth module, which reads sounds and images captured by the robot dog.
CyberDog will have Nvidia mini AI supercomputer
To keep this high-tech pet running, Xiaomi equipped it with an Nvidia Jetson Xavier NX mini AI supercomputer, with 21 TOPS processing power — a metric used to measure how many TeraBytes of calculations can be done by an artificial intelligence chip. This Nvidia device consists of:
- 384 CUDA Cores
- 48 Tensor cores
- A 6 Carmel Arm CPU
- 2 Deep Learning Accelerators (NVDLA)
Despite relying on the processing power of the American mini supercomputer, Xiaomi decided to develop the servo motors used in the robot internally.
According to the Chinese, these engines provide a movement of great “speed, agility and a high range of motion” to CyberDog.
Servo motors have a torque power of 32 Newtons per meter (N/m), and complete 220 revolutions per minute (rpm). Thanks to its power, CyberDog is capable of producing movements at speeds of 11 km/h. It can also do more complicated actions, such as doing a backflip—yes, just like Boston Dynamics robots.
Xiaomi tells how owner can train CyberDog
CyberDog can be trained by its human owner. The training of the “pet” with powerful processing power is done through voice assistants: the owner can use a password to wake up the robot. Another option is to use the CyberDog app for smartphones. Xiaomi didn’t mention which devices it can be installed on.
The company says that CyberDog can be used for tasks and says that “there are infinite possibilities” in the interactions you can have with your pet. But he is also quite capable of self-learning, through recognition of the owner’s posture and face. Thus, he is able to keep up with you and cross obstacles to follow you.
To increase the integration of equipment from third-party developers, Xiaomi has equipped CyberDog with 3 USB Type-C inputs and 1 HDMI input. The company hopes these floodgates will be used to install panoramic cameras, searchlights, motion sensors and more; a use that would be made by teams of first responders or even the military.
Manufacturer launches a thousand units of the robot dog on the market
Xiaomi’s focus in developing CyberDog is to encourage collaboration with fans, engineers and robotics experts. The company is going to put up for sale 1,000 units of the cybernetic dog for 10,000 yuan — something around R$8,000.
CyberDog, according to the manufacturer, is built based on open source algorithms, and the idea is that it will be tested in the coming months by a thousand owners. A special community was created precisely to follow and monitor CyberDog’s feedback, the Xiaomi Open Source Community.
Finally, Xiaomi itself promises that it will create a specialized robotics laboratory to support the innovation project of engineers who want to collaborate in the development of CyberDog.
Who knows, soon, it will be possible to take the CyberDog for a ride on the Cybertruck, Tesla’s electric and autonomous offroad.
With information: Xiaomi