With a reckless look, Xiaomi expanded its product catalog and introduced a new quadruped robot inspired by the physiognomy of a guard dog. Cyberdog is an open source creation and is designed to be a companion.
It is a “bio-inspired quadruped” who shares some kinship with Boston Dynamics Spot cyber dogs, although without the accessory arm and limiting itself to the four legs that a real dog would have.
“Robotics enthusiasts interested in CyberDog can compete or share with other like-minded Xiaomi fans, driving the development and potential of quadruped robots together,” the firm said.
Xiaomi’s robot dog, equipped with a navigation and obstacle detection system, is calibrated by motion motors created by the company and can reach a rotational speed of 220 revolutions per minute (rpm).
The components that CyberDog integrates.
Despite carrying 3 kilograms of iron and integrated circuits, is capable of moving at a speed of 3.2 meters per second (m / s), or about 11.52 km / h, including support for complex actions such as doing somersaults.
Internally CyberDog is literally a machine. The unit that acts as the brain is the platform Jetson Xavier NX, used for Nvidia supercomputers, made up of 384 CUDA cores – a platform that enables dramatic increases in computing performance by harnessing the power of the graphics processing unit (GPU).
For artificial intelligence functions and real-time data processing, you have of 6 ARM Carmel CPUs and two acceleration motors deep learning.
To get closer to biological organisms, Xiaomi has endowed its robot dog with eleven high precision sensors that guide your movements in real time. This includes everything from touch sensors to cameras, ultrasonic sensors, GPS modules, and other systems.
Imaging technology makes it possible for the robot perceives the environment, with a camera system integrated by interactive AI lenses, two ultra-wide angle fisheye cameras and Intel’s RealSense D450 module for sensing depth, which can also be trained with proprietary algorithms.
In a few seconds, the device is capable of scan the surroundings and create navigation maps that allow you to plan your tour in advance.
Xiaomi’s robot dog, equipped with a complex navigation system
Designed to be a companion, CyberDog features human posture detection and facial recognition to follow its owner avoiding obstacles. Users can also control it using voice commands and a mobile app.
Also, the device can support loads of up to three kilos in weight, and it has a near-industrial-grade 128GB SSD memory and a six-microphone system. Although it is autonomous, it does not specify the type of battery it uses.
CyberDog has been launched on a limited basis with only a thousand units that will be distributed among followers of the brand for a price of 9,999 yuan (1,400 dollars). Thanks to its three USB-C ports and one HDMI port, it allows developers connect external systems to the robot.