CyberOne, Xiaomi's new humanoid robot

By TechThop Team

Posted on: 12 Aug, 2022

Consumer electronics companies no longer have the luxury of simply announcing a phone and calling it a day. CyberOne took the stage this morning at Xiaomi's Beijing launch event following its foldable announcement.

Onstage, Lei Jun was greeted by the bipedal humanoid robot, who handed him a long-stem flower. While the robot's locomotion isn't exactly Atlas or Digit, it's still a promising demo and it's not a person in a spandex suit (not that anyone would). Xiaomi began with vacuum cleaners, later adding the Spot-Esque CyberDog to their growing robotics ambitions.

CyberOne falls between serious pursuit and stage spectacle, as we've seen plenty of consumer brands flex some robotic muscle at events like this.

In his remarks, Lei Jun noted Xiaomi Robotics Lab's investment in the category, noting that CyberOne's AI and mechanical capabilities are all self-developed.

Software, hardware, and algorithm innovation are just a few of the areas in which we have heavily invested in research and development.'

To process their surroundings, humanoid robots rely on their vision. Through its self-developed Mi-Sense depth vision module and AI interaction algorithms, CyberOne is capable of perceiving 3D space, recognizing people, gestures, and expressions, enabling it to not only see but also process its surroundings.

A MiAI environment semantics recognition engine and a MiAI vocal emotion identification engine enable CyberOne to recognize 85 types of environmental sounds and 45 classifications of human emotions to communicate with the world.

As well to be able to detecting happiness, CyberOne is also able to comfort the user when they are sad. This information is displayed in real-time using a curved OLED module coupled with CyberOne's processing units.

From engineering assistance to human companionship, real-world applications promise to be equally broad. It's a long way from today's demonstration to when we'll be able to use both of these feature sets.

For now, CyberOne is best viewed as something like Honda's Asimo: a promising experiment serving as an ambassador for some of the work going on behind the scenes.

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