Tesla unveils its humanoid robot prototype on AI Day

Tesla unveils its humanoid robot prototype on AI Day

10/03/2022

The Optimus is also said to be equipped with a “self-driving computer”, the same which is also inside the company’s electric vehicles.

Last year, Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla is working on a humanoid robot, designed to carry out “boring, repetitious and dangerous work”. Now, during the recently concluded Tesla AI Day, the company has unveiled two prototypes of the humanoid robot.

The first prototype is called Bumble C, which was developed with ‘semi-off-the-shelf’ actuators and serves as a test bed for Tesla’s first robot using in-house parts. The humanoid robot was able to walk around the stage and wave at the audience. However, Tesla did showcase videos of the robot performing a few tasks under controlled environments.

The second prototype was the Optimus, which is said to better represent the version of the humanoid robot Tesla plans to put into production. The Optimus robot couldn’t walk like the previous prototype, but Musk confirmed it will be able to walk in the coming weeks.

The Tesla Optimus humanoid robot is said to come with in-house designed actuators, battery packs and power electronics. Tesla also stated that the humanoid robot is powered by a 2.3kWh battery pack, which should be sufficient to run the robot for a day’s worth of work. The Optimus is also said to be equipped with a “self-driving computer”, the same which is also inside the company’s electric vehicles.

Elon Musk also confirmed that once in production, the Optimus humanoid robot could cost under US$20,000.

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