What are the coincidences: In the same week in which Boston Dynamics has shown how its humanoid robots are already capable of fluid parkour, and after the announcement of the robotic dog Cyberdog that Xiaomi is preparing, we culminated a few summer days of intense robotics with another big announcement: Tesla enters robotics with his first artificial humanoid: The Tesla Bot.
Elon Musk has us accustomed to surprises, be it a flamethrower, space rockets capable of landing in the exact place from which they took off, a train that moves through a tunnel at a thousand kilometers per hour, a Tesla car that he is going to put in orbit or a truck that looks like something out of a futuristic film from the 80s. But of course, despite the fact that their companies handle the most cutting-edge and avant-garde technology, we did not expect what happened this week.
The Tesla Bot, the company’s first humanoid robot.
“Develop the next generation of automation, including un general purpose bipedal humanoid robot capable of unsafe, repetitive or boring tasks. We are looking for mechanical, electrical, control and software engineers to help us leverage our AI expertise beyond our fleet of vehicles. “
This ad can be viewed if you enter the AI section of the Tesla website, right on the cover scrolling down a bit. Tesla itself took advantage of its AI Day event last Thursday to announce news focused on the development of new Artificial Intelligence functions along with other hardware, including Tesla Bot.
Here’s what we know about Tesla’s next big project:
- Height: 1.72 meters
- Weight: 57 kilos
- Maximum travel speed: 8 km/h
- Kilos you can deadlift: up to 68 kilos
- Kilos that can be transported: up to 20 kilos.
With an external design that is certainly as futuristic as it is aseptic and a disturbing point – it looks like an exhibition mannequin – as its advertisement points out. the robot is a bipedal device for “general use“, and that is meant to carry out chores “unsafe, repetitive, or boring” currently made by humans. His movement is based on the use of 40 electromechanical actuators distributed in his humanoid body, with legs, arms and hands.
Real, friendly and for 2022
The Tesla Bot will use items from company vehicles such as autopilot cameras on your head, and a central computer inside the torso with Tesla’s navigation software, using the Artificial Intelligence technology that Tesla vehicles assemble for their autonomous driving functions.
When will the Tesla Bot be available? It will still be necessary to see it in action, but during the event, Tesla CEO Elon Musk assured that this device “will be real” and “friendly“with the human being and what do you expect have a prototype ready next year, the same year your Cybertruck will go on sale.