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Optimus meets the world as Tesla introduces its first humanoid robot on AI Day

Tesla presents Optimus, its first untethered humanoid robot, during the second annual AI Day
Tesla presents Optimus, its first untethered humanoid robot, during the second annual AI Day

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On Friday, Tesla unveiled the company’s future product: a humanoid robot prototype that can walk.

The unveiling took place during Tesla’s second annual AI Day in Palo Alto, California.

During the six-hour event, Elon Musk and his company shared updates on “Full Self-Driving” artificial intelligence, the Tesla “Dojo” supercomputer and a humanoid robot.

The robot

The robot, named Tesla’s Optimus, walked stiffly on stage during the event.

Optimus met the crowd by slowly greeting them, and waved its hands for over a minute.

According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, that night was the first time Optimus had operated without a chain.

Robotics developers use tethers to support robots, especially since they cannot walk in the early stages without falling and injuring themselves.

Comparing Optimus with other robots

Despite the impressive display, Optimus’ skills show that he is still within walking distance of what robots can do at Huwandai-owned Boston Dynamics.

Boston Dynamics has developed robots that can move without a chain.

In addition to Boston Dynamics, Honda has been developing robots called “Asimo” for nearly two decades.

In its final form, Asimo was a child-sized human robot.

Asimo is able to do things on his own, including walking, running, climbing, climbing stairs, and working on objects with its fingers.

Video clips have shown that it can also perform backflips and even complex dance routines.

According to Musk, however, Optimus can do a lot more.

“The robot can actually do a lot more than we just showed you,” he said.

“We just didn’t want it to fall on its face.”

Tesla showed videos of Optimus performing various tasks such as watering plants with a water canister and lifting crates.

Early development of the Tesla robot

Elon Musk says the robot could change civilization.

Despite its limitations, when the robot was shown against rivals last Friday, it was well ahead of what Tesla revealed in 2021.

At this time, a person in a robot costume entered the stage and danced.

“Last year was just a person in a robot suit,” Musk said before introducing Optimus.

“We’ve come a long way. Compared to that, it’s going to be very impressive.”

Mass production

According to Elon Musk, if the robot were mass-produced, it would “probably” sell for less than $20,000.

Tesla said Optimus has an edge over its competitors.

Its capabilities include autonomous navigation with Tesla’s “Full Self Driving” driver assistance system.

However, Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” feature requires a human to take control in an emergency, as they are unable to fully drive themselves.

The humanoid robot also reduces costs thanks to its knowledge of the automotive sector gains in manufacturing.

Tesla price targets

Throughout its history, Tesla has had aggressive price targets that the company often fails to meet.

For example, the Tesla Model 3 was initially going to cost $35,000.

While potential buyers could purchase the vehicle for the promised price, this was only possible at Tesla stores.

Today, the cheapest Tesla Model 3 costs $46,990.

When Tesla introduced the Cybertruck in 2019, the price was initially $39,990.

However, the price has been removed from the website and the truck is still not available for purchase.


Tesla robot slowly walks on stage at AI Day

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