Xiaomi presents a robot dog as its latest foray into advanced AI-powered technology
Are you ready to trade your flesh-and-blood pet in for its cutting-edge mechanical equivalent? Xiaomi might think you should be just about to, with its new CyberDog. This new device has been unveiled as one of the OEM's special projects apart from its normal lines in various kinds of consumer electronics, as a new automaton not a million miles away from Boston Dynamics' ground-breaking work in terms of looks and dog-mimicking independent movement.
Xiaomi also claims that its internals are up to the task as well. It integrates a relevant Intel platform, not to mention NVIDIA's Jetson Xavier NX single-board solution. The latter confers the ability to complete 21 tera-operations per second (TOPS) of AI-enabled processing on the CyberDog.
This gives the robot dog the "brains" necessary to perform tricks such as sitting, staying and generally responding to a user's voice, as it was seen doing on stage during Xiaomi's major August 10, 2021 launch event. It is also needed to control the movement of the device's well-engineered-looking limbs (powered by a 32Nm motor system), which allow it to walk or run more or less like a real dog - not to mention even somersault and stand up, as it also did during the event.
The robot is also even equipped with technology you might expect to see in more 'normal' personal devices, including its 6 mics for its audio responses, ToF cameras for spatial awareness and a 128GB SSD - all in all, the "CyberDog" just might show how far consumer-grade tech has come.
Xiaomi has even indicated that it might even go into production and, thereafter, onto shelves, soon. And the price? At 9999 yuan (~US$1,541), this next-gen robo-canine comes in at even less than a new 77-inch OLED Mi TV.