As part of the AI Day 2022 event, Tesla CEO Elon Musk demonstrated an early prototype of the Optimus humanoid robot, which itself took to the stage, walked and waved its arms to the beat of the music. Despite the fact that its movements seemed slightly unsteady, for the first time the robot moved independently without insurance. Shortly thereafter, Elon Musk unveiled a prototype second-generation robot, the sleeker Optimus model, which also moved its arms and legs, but did not move independently. The robot was rolled onto the stage on a special cart by three employees of the company. Tesla promises that he will be able to walk in a few weeks.
The demo lasted approximately seven minutes, during which time viewers were shown a demo video of the Optimus prototype lifting a box and putting it in place, watering a plant, and moving metal bars around the Tesla factory. At these moments, he was tied with a safety rope. Musk noted that an early prototype was developed in about six months using “semi-standard actuators”. By the way, it was noticeable that he was very worried that the robot would not fall right on the stage. In addition, the company showed a 3D visualization of the world, which demonstrates what the Optimus robot can see.
According to Musk, the new prototype is close to the production version in terms of movement. The company will leave 28 degrees of freedom for the entire body of the robot (a person has more than 200), but the arms will have 27 degrees of freedom. Engineers will try to make sure that the mass of the production model does not exceed 73 kg. An on-board computer based on a proprietary processor and a battery with a capacity of 2.3 kWh, which is enough for a day, will be placed in the body of the robot. Most of the experience is borrowed from the Tesla car.
Musk is confident that Tesla will be able to produce millions of such robots, and the price of one will not exceed $20,000. Thus, the robot will be cheaper not only than analogues, but also the Tesla electric car.
Source: Trash Box