This is a complete Xiaomi CyberDog press release. In today’s post, you’ll get to know everything about:
- Xiaomi cyberdog vs Boston Dynamics’ Spot
- How does the Xiaomi CyberDog work?
- Who is the Xiaomi CyberDog meant for?
- Xiaomi cyberdog price
- And lots more…
Specifically, you’ll get to see exactly what makes the Xiaomi robot dog so special as a pet.
Let’s dive right in.
Introducing: Xiaomi Cyberdog
Xiaomi is a Chinese multinational electronics company that is most popular for its mobile phones, and variety of smart devices.
The company recently released its very first robotic dog called the CyberDog on August 10th, 2021 at the launch of its flagship Mi Mix 4 smartphone in China.
The launch of the CyberDog goes to show Xiaomi’s level of expertise in modern-day engineering as the robot defines the future of technology as we know it.
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Xiaomi’s CyberDog is an open-source quadruped robot built to improve positive competition and co-creativity among robotics enthusiasts and other like-minded Xiaomi fans, whilst helping to develop and build on the potential of the quadruped robots.
The CyberDog looks quite similar to Boston Dynamics’ Spot, but this robot dog is more of a bigger version than the Spot.
How Does the Xiaomi CyberDog Work?
This section lists in detail the Xiaomi CyberDog complete specification.
Xiaomi’s robot dog is built with 11 sensors, each designed for its specific purpose. The robot is built to be powerful, agile, and precise. It functions on a scalable open-source platform built to devise new abilities for improving its technology.
Xiaomi’s CyberDog also has the ability to use computer vision to personalize interactions. The above traits can be broken down to the following specs:
- In-house developed servo motors
- An Intel RealSense depth module
- 128GB near industrial-grade SSD
- 6 microphone array
- NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX AI supercomputer for embedded and edge systems
- 3,2m/s max. speed
- 3kg maximum payload
As discussed earlier, Xiaomi’s robot dog specifications can be classified based on the following:
- Strength and agility
#1: Strength and Agility
Rating the CyberDog based on strength and agility, the Xiaomi robot dog was built with Xiaomi’s in-house developed servo motors that tend to improve its speed, agility and gives the robot a wide range of motion.
The Cyberdog’s servo motors give the robot dog a maximum torque and rotation speed of about 32N.m/22Rpm; This, in turn, translates to a high-speed movement of about 3.2m/s and gives the robot exceptional capabilities – like the ability to do backflips.
Below is a video demo showing in realtime, the Cyberdog’s strength and agility:
The CyberDog is quite small in size, with a maximum payload of 3kg.
Rating the Xiaomi CyberDog based on performance, firstly, the brain of the CyberDog is powered by the NVIDIA® Jetson Xavier™ NX platform (an AI supercomputer for embedded & edge systems). The CyberDog is also built with 384 CUDA® Cores, 2 deep learning acceleration engines, 48 Tensor Cores, and a 6 Carmel ARM CPU.
All these built-in components help to improve the CyberDog’s processing capability and ability to capture data quickly from its sensor system.
To make the CyberDog better understand its surrounding, Xiaomi equipped it with 11 high-precision sensors that give the robot dog instant feedback of its surrounding, to easily sense, analyze and interact with its environment while in motion. These sensors include but are not limited to – touch sensors, ultrasonic sensors, GPS modules, cameras, and more.
Further, the CyberDog has built-in smart speakers that help it respond to voice commands with a wake word.
Xiaomi’s robot dog is also equipped with three USB-C ports and one HDMI port for the purpose of charging it and other of its related connectivity and customizability purpose. For example, users can choose to add a searchlight to the robot, LiDAR sensors, or even customize the cameras better to whatsoever their choice.
Xiaomi claims that the CyberDog’s built-in technology is enough for it to move around obstacles, identify posture, detect human faces, and pick out individuals in a group.
As discussed earlier, the CyberDog project is open-sourced. This means that anyone can contribute technologically-wise to the growth of the project, which in turn gives room for scalability.
The CyberDog is currently in a stage of global co-creation which gives the robot a limitless future as to how it’ll function amongst users.
Who is the Xiaomi CyberDog Meant For?
The CyberDog was designed to function as a mechanical pet, quite similar to products like Sony’s Aibo.
Xiaomi’s major aim with the CyberDog is to help contribute to the development of quadruped robots which is currently being researched globally, which is one of the major reasons why they decided to make the project open-source.
One can say that, the Xiaomi CyberDog is meant for anyone looking to contribute to the development of quadruped robots, and due to its similar pet-like nature, it can be safe to say that the CyberDog also works best for pet lovers
Xiaomi CyberDog Price and Release Date
As discussed earler, the CyberDog was officially released on August 10th, 2021 at the launch of Xiaomi’s flagship Mi Mix 4 smartphone in China.
The downside of this launch is that, the CyberDog is not going to be available to the general public. According to Xiaomi, only 1,000 units of the CyberDog was released at launch, to be sold to developers and engineers at RMB 9,999 (about $1,540).
The Xiaomi CyberDog is pretty cheap if compared with the Boston Dynamics’ Spot, but the question still remains that, will Xiaomi be committed to releasing more of the CyberDog for purchase to the general public?
Only time will tell!
Now I’d Love to Hear from You:
- What do you find most fascinating of the Xiaomi’s CyberDog?
- Is this a kind of robot you’d want to purchase?
- What do you think is the future of quadruped robots?
- What future technological advancement do you see being added to the CyberDog?
Let me know by leaving a comment below!