The company founded in 2010 and today it is one of the world leaders in technology, today has accomplished a another bold step in the exploration of future technology with Xiaomi’s CyberDog, its new biologically-inspired quadrupedal robot.
Xiaomi’s CyberDog launch is the pinnacle of the company’s engineering prowess, condensed into a open source robot companion that developers can build on.
This robot is Xiaomi’s first foray into quadrupedal robotics for the open source community and developers around the world in fact, robotics enthusiasts interested in CyberDog, will be able to compete or co-create with other Xiaomi fans who think alike, jointly promoting the development and potential of quadrupedal robots.
The robot is calibrated with the servomotors developed internally by Xiaomi which result in great speed, agility and a wide range of motion, with one maximum torque delivered and a rotation speed of up to 32 N m/ 220 rpm The Xiaomi-branded quadruped is also capable of performing a high-speed range of motion of up to 3.2m / s and complicated actions such as flips.
Powering CyberDog’s brain is the platform NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX, an AI supercomputer for embedded and edge systems that includes 384 CUDA Cores, 48 Tensor Cores, 6 Carmel ARM CPUs and 2 deep learning acceleration engines. For its owners, CyberDog seamlessly processes huge data captured by its sensor system.
To fully model biological organisms, CyberDog is equipped with 11 high-precision sensors that provide instant feedback to guide their movements. This includes touch sensors, cameras, ultrasonic sensors, GPS modules and more, giving CyberDog an advanced ability to detect, analyze and interact with its environment.
How CyberDog interfaces with its surroundings
Thanks to Xiaomi’s smartphone imaging technology, CyberDog has a greater ability to perceive its surroundings. It comes with an array of camera sensors including AI interactive cameras, ultra wide angle binocular fisheye cameras and Intel ® RealSense ™ D450 depth module and can be trained with its computer vision algorithm.
Based on this vision sensor system are autonomous object tracking, SLAM and obstacle avoidance and navigation on a centimeter scale. This means that CyberDog can analyze its surroundings in real time, create navigation maps, track its destination and avoid obstacles. Along with human posture and facial recognition detection, CyberDog is able to follow its owner and whiz around obstacles.
To add to its pet-like nature, users can use voice assistants to command and control CyberDog by setting an activation word or simply use the supplied smartphone and remote app. CyberDog can be called upon for more unique tasks, and the ways it can be interacted with offer unpredictable possibilities.
CyberDog is also developed with rich external interfaces that include 3 Type-C ports and 1 HDMI port, so developers have the freedom to explore and integrate a wide range of innovative and creative hardware add-ons or software systems, be it a light search, panoramic camera, motion camera, LiDAR or other.
The advancement of robotics involves various frontier fields and is currently in a phase of global co-creation. Through open source, Xiaomi encourages developers from around the world to contribute in this field, communicate with each other and progress together.
CyberDog itself is based on open source algorithms, with Xiaomi rebuilding and optimizing the core modules developed internally. Today Xiaomi is releasing 1,000 units of CyberDog at 9,999 RMB to Xiaomi Fans, engineers and robotics enthusiasts to explore the immense possibility of CyberDog together. It will also create the “Xiaomi Open Source Community” to constantly share progress and achievements with developers around the world and promises to create a robotics lab to provide a platform for engineers to continue pursuing future innovations.