Xiaomi CyberDog 2 Introduction and Live Demonstration
At the highly anticipated annual speech by Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun in 2023, tech enthusiasts and the curious were in for a surprise as the spotlight shone not on the rumored Xiaomi car, but on something even more intriguing – the CyberDog 2, Xiaomi’s second-generation quadrupedal robot.
Boasting significant improvements over its predecessor, the CyberDog 2 has transformed in size and weight, making it more akin to a real small dog. The new design, inspired by the proportions of a Doberman, encompasses a 16% reduction in size and a remarkable 40% decrease in weight. This shift towards greater realism is also reflected in its ability to be personalized with a DIY approach – 9 components of its shell can be removed and replaced using 3D printing.
Under the hood, the CyberDog 2 employs the innovative self-developed CyberGear micro-motor, which not only provides high bursts of power but also enhances its basic movement capabilities. This quadrupedal marvel can perform an array of agile motions, from front and back jumps to bowing, and even accomplishes challenging feats like front flips, ballet steps, skateboarding, and space-like steps. With the inclusion of a compact UWB remote control, owners can experience seamless control over their robotic companion, including the ability to simulate a leisurely dog walk.
However, the most remarkable aspect of CyberDog 2 lies in its interactions with humans. Unlike its predecessor, it emulates a true puppy, intuitively understanding, responding, and even anticipating the needs and emotions of its owner. This heightened sense of empathy translates into more natural and human-like reactions, including physical expressions of its mood. If its owner is joyful, CyberDog 2 joyfully wiggles its butt and leaps from side to side.
Underpinning these advancements is formidable hardware. The NX chip and dual co-processors contribute to an astonishing 21T of arithmetic power, facilitating complex and intelligent interactions. Supported by 19 sensors spanning laser, deep sensing, vision, hearing, ultrasonic, and touch capabilities, the CyberDog 2 precisely interprets its environment. It is equipped with face and voiceprint recognition, as well as emotion recognition, enabling a profoundly humanized interaction. Moreover, it serves as a potent control center for smart homes, enabling voice control over Mi Home devices.
While primarily geared towards developers and digital enthusiasts, Xiaomi has made CyberDog 2 accessible to the general public as well, provided they are willing to invest in this remarkable piece of technology. Priced at 12,999 yuan, the CyberDog 2 opens up a new chapter in robotic companionship, bridging the gap between the mechanical and the emotional. Alongside the robot itself, the CyberGear micro-motor is available for 499 yuan, promising a seamless blend of power and precision.
In the ever-evolving landscape of robotics, Xiaomi’s CyberDog 2 stands as a testament to innovation, redefining the boundaries of human-robot interactions and ushering in a new era of technologically infused companionship.