A Tesla Bot with skeletal-like limbs in front of neon signs (Optimus – a walking humanoid robot that Tesla has unveiled)
At AI Day 2022, Elon Musk introduced this Tesla Bot prototype.
The Tesla Bot, code-named Optimus, was presented by Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Friday. The robot strolled around a stage, waved, and pump its arms in a slow dancing routine. In three to five years, the robot may cost $20,000, according to Musk.
We want to create an usable humanoid robot as soon as we can, according to Musk. The first applications will be in Tesla’s car plants, he said, while it may eventually “benefit millions of people.”
Although the robot wasn’t as impressive as some others, such as Boston Dynamics’ Atlas, which is capable of parkour, it was what Tesla managed to construct in less than eight months. “The robot is much more capable than what we have demonstrated. Simply put, we didn’t want it to crash to the ground “Musk made the joke at Tesla AI Day 2022, an exhibition of the robot and the business’s self-driving car technology, known as Full Self-Driving, or FSD.
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In the end, Musk aims to produce millions of Tesla Bots using the manufacturing, supply chain, and manufacturing advantages created for the company’s vehicle business. However, take the company’s estimates with a grain of salt. Although it has led the rest of the industry toward an electric vehicle future, Tesla has been a successful automaker despite having missed numerous deadlines.
Given how common and powerful Tesla thinks the robots may be, the Optimus project is among the most ambitious in the robotics field even though it is still early. But making progress is challenging. Competitors like Boston Dynamics have been working on humanoid robots for years, but they have only created prototypes so far. Robots with fewer capabilities are more prevalent, such as wheeled delivery robots or Amazon’s Astro, a tablet with a camera for the home.
While Tesla’s car-piloting technology and robots must take into account the enormous variety of the real world, artificial intelligence technology performs best with certain tasks. It’s likely that Optimus will begin his existence in safety. The business intends to utilize it initially in Tesla’s own plants.
According to Musk, jobs might entail delivering parts to conventional robots on the production line.
According to Musk, “Optimus will be useful in an exponentially growing number of circumstances.” Really, really quickly.
One arm of a Tesla Optimus robot is raised.
At the Tesla AI Day 2022 event, the first version of Optimus, the Tesla Bot’s code name, waves an arm.
Musk displayed two machines. Mechanical actuators, cylindrical devices that combine a motor with gearing and sensors, were used to construct the first, walking model. The second could not walk and was wheeled out onto the stage. Its limbs and fingers were controlled by Tesla’s own actuators. However, its actuators enable it to elevate one leg to the side and grasp with the other. In a video, the robots demonstrated other abilities like picking up boxes, twisting at the waist, and watering plants while carrying a watering can.
The second Optimus robot, according to Musk, “wasn’t quite ready to walk, but I expect it’ll walk in a few weeks.”
For its vehicles, Tesla already had actuator engineers on staff. The Optimus leg’s linear actuator, which is the strongest actuator, has a 1,000-pound lifting capacity.
At 161 pounds, the second Optimus prototype is heavy (73 kilograms). It makes use of a variant of the computer gear that Tesla employs to power its FSD autonomous driving system. According to one engineer, its battery pack’s 2.3 kilowatt-hour capacity is “ideal for a full day’s work.” It uses approximately 100 watts of power while seated and 500 watts when moving quickly. That resembles a high-end gaming computer.
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The first robot shuffled along at a leisurely speed, putting one foot barely in front of the other. Although it had a somewhat mincing gait due to its bent knees, robots frequently have this posture since a straight-leg stance calls for considerably more refined balance skills. The robot had waist flexion and could pivot. The majority of the LEDs on its body were green, and its chest held a sizable computer with two revolving fans to cool the CPUs.
The degrees of freedom of the Optimus robots—basically, the various ways it can bend or twist at different joints—were highlighted by Tesla engineers. According to Tesla, the entire robot body has more than 28 degrees of movement, and each hand has 11.
According to Musk, the robots will have an external override mechanism so that people can stop them for safety reasons; this override mechanism won’t be updated online. Long-term, the robots will probably be “controlled by some principles of robotics that you cannot transcend, like not doing harm to people,” Musk added, alluding to science fiction author Isaac Asimov’s three laws of robotics. This is presumably for safety reasons.
The Tesla Bot is managed by the same AI program that Tesla uses to drive its vehicles. The same technology is used, such as measuring the “occupancy” of adjacent places. As opposed to driving simulators, real-world surroundings are used for training, according to Tesla.
Musk didn’t hold back while making futuristic claims about Tesla’s robots. Robotic labor ushers in a new era of economics, one Musk described as one of “plenty, a future without poverty, a future where you can have whatever you want in terms of products and services.” It truly represents a fundamental shift in civilisation as we know it. (Optimus – a walking humanoid robot that Tesla has unveiled)