Elon Musk, CEO of electric car company Tesla, presented last night (30) the prototype of the company’s humanoid robot: Optimus, also as Tesla Bot.
The novelty was one of the highlights of the AI Day 2022 event, focusing on artificial intelligence, held in Palo Alto, California (USA). On stage, technology waved and did a little dance with raised arms.
According to the executive, who also owns SpaceX (aerospace), the robot market will be worth more than the car market in the future. “Our goal is to make a useful humanoid robot as quickly as possible… There’s still a lot of work to do to refine Optimus and prove it,” Musk said.
The robot idea was announced last year by Musk. What happened yesterday was the public demonstration of the first prototype.
The human-shaped technology (still full of gears showing) appeared on stage, moved its arms and hands as if watching its own members and took a few steps in the sequence.
His walk was slow — he recalled humans walking on tiptoe. Then he waved to the audience.
In another video, posted on Twitter by a Tesla fan club, the images also highlight Optimus doing a brief dance moving his arms.
During the presentation, Elon Musk even commented that humanoid robots are “missing a brain” today, as highlighted by the website Cnet. In other words, the technologies still do not have the autonomy to work alone, in addition to the development being very expensive.
Either way, he expects Optimus to be an “extremely capable robot”. It is expected to cost less than a car (in the US), with a price tag of under $20,000.
The idea is that technology in the future can perform dangerous or repetitive work.
Optimus was developed in less than eight months. The forecast was that the robot would be presented in June this year. But the company postponed it to September, as the prototype was not yet ready.
“The robot can do a lot more than we show. We just didn’t want it to fall on its face,” Musk joked.
If the executive’s plans go as he wants, the technology could go on sale within three to five years.
Facts about the humanoid robot
- Weighs 73 kg.
- 2.3 kWh (kilowatt-hour) battery — would last a full working day, according to the event.
- It will be tested first at Tesla factories.
- Will use a variation of hardware computing power that powers Tesla’s autonomous vehicle technology.
- According to a 2021 announcement, he will be able to walk at 8 km per hour and lift the equivalent of his own weight.
Look with less wires
In addition to this prototype, Musk showed another model from the same Optimus family. The difference was that the second did not have the ability to walk and move his body on his own. The goal was to highlight the most advanced look of the technology, without wires, so many gears exposed.
In the video below you can see how Tesla imagines its robot in the future.
*With information from Cnet, Engadget and The Guardian websites