Tesla has unveiled its Optimus humanoid robot at its AI Day 2022 right now and Elon Musk believes Tesla can deliver it to market for “less than $20,000”.
As anticipated, the occasion began with Tesla unveiling a working prototype of its humanoid robot – a mission first introduced at Tesla’s AI day in 2021.
There had been two prototypes unveiled on the occasion.
Tesla began by unveiling Bumble C, which is the primary model of the bot and it was developed with “semi off-the-shelves” actuators. It served as a testing mattress for Tesla’s first robot developed with in-house components.
Here’s an image of Bumble C because it walked on stage on the occasion:
It didn’t do something spectacular on stage, nevertheless it was in a position to stroll round and wave on the crowd.
Tesla did present some movies of the robot performing some duties in a managed atmosphere to display some stage of usefulness.
The automaker even confirmed the robot performing a process at an precise workstation on the Fremont manufacturing facility.
But after Bumble C, Tesla introduced on stage the primary technology Optimus robot.
The motive why Tesla didn’t lead with it and confirmed an earlier and rougher prototype is that it couldn’t really get the brand new one to stroll but.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk stated that the brand new robot ought to have the ability to stroll inside the subsequent few weeks, however he wished to indicate it right now because it seems to be extra just like the model of the robot that’s going to enter manufacturing:
It additionally couldn’t do a lot on stage different than wave on the crowd and needed to be carried by Tesla workers.
Musk famous that this model was outfitted with Tesla-designed actuators, battery pack, and energy electronics.
Tesla revealed that it had the primary prototype in February of 2022, which led to this new model that’s now supposedly about to stroll within the subsequent few days.
Tesla did share some specs of Optimus, together with a 2.3 kWh battery pack, which the automaker claims ought to be good for a few day’s price of labor.
As Tesla introduced final 12 months, additionally it is outfitted with the identical “self-driving computer” inside Tesla autos:
After the presentation concerning the specs and predominant options of the bot, Tesla moved on the a extra in-dept presentation concerning the robotic and AI method to growing it.
Again, Tesla’s AI Day is about recruiting and Tesla is mainly displaying off what it’s engaged on to assist appeal to expertise that will be all in favour of these particulars.
On a shopper stage, Musk highlighted the truth that whereas folks have seen loads of spectacular humanoid robots earlier than, he insists that Tesla’s effort is completely different as a result of it’s centered on growing a robot that’s manufacturable in excessive quantity – not like one-off initiatives that we have now seen previously.
Furthermore, Musk stated that Tesla’s benefit is that its bot goes to be powered by its AI, which has been primarily developed for self-driving expertise. He believes Tesla goes to have the ability to leverage this work to allow the robot to navigate the real-world and carry out helpful duties.
The CEO reiterated earlier feedback about how Optimus can deliver a “fundamental change in civilization as we know it” by just about “ending poverty” by means of enhancing financial output when utilized in trade.
He believes that the robot ought to value “less than $20,000” to make. He didn’t replace the timeline to manufacturing, however he beforehand stated Tesla deliberate to deliver to manufacturing as quickly as subsequent 12 months.
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