Tesla reveals off underwhelming human robotic prototype at AI Day 2022


Enlarge / The strolling Optimus prototype demonstrated on the AI Day 2022 occasion.


At present at Tesla’s “AI Day” press occasion, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled an early prototype of its Optimus humanoid robotic, which emerged from behind a curtain, walked round, waved, and “raised the roof” with its palms to the beat of techno music.

It was a dangerous reveal for the prototype, which appeared considerably unsteady on its ft. “Actually the primary time the robotic has operated and not using a tether was on stage tonight,” stated Musk. Shortly afterward, Tesla workers rolled a sleeker-looking Optimus mannequin supported by a stand onto the stage that would not but stand by itself. It waved and lifted its legs. Later, it slumped over whereas Musk spoke.

Video of Tesla AI Day 2022

The complete reside robotic demonstration lasted roughly seven minutes, and the agency additionally performed an illustration video of the strolling Optimus prototype slowly selecting up a field and placing it down, slowly watering a plant, and slowly shifting steel elements in a factory-like setting—all whereas tethered to an overhead cable. The video additionally confirmed a 3D-rendered view of the world that represents what the Optimus robotic can see.

Three stages of the Tesla Optimus robot so far, presented at AI Day 2022.
Enlarge / Three levels of the Tesla Optimus robotic up to now, offered at AI Day 2022.


Tesla first introduced its plans to constructed a humanoid robotic throughout its AI Day occasion in August of final yr. Throughout that earlier occasion, a human wearing a spandex swimsuit resembling a robotic and did the Charleston on stage, which prompted skepticism within the press.

On the AI Occasion at the moment, Musk and his workforce emphasised that the strolling prototype was an early demo developed in roughly six months utilizing “semi-off the shelf actuators,” and that the sleeker mannequin rather more intently resembled the “Model 1” unit they wished to ship. He stated it could most likely have the ability to stroll in a couple of weeks.

Objectives of the Optimus challenge embrace high-volume manufacturing (probably “thousands and thousands of items offered,” stated Musk), low-cost (“most likely lower than $20,000”), and high-reliability. Evaluating the plans for Optimus to present humanoid robots from rivals, Musk additionally emphasised that the Optimus robotic ought to have the brains-on-board to work autonomously, citing Tesla’s work with its automotive Autopilot system.

Tesla shared some specifications of its
Enlarge / Tesla shared some specs of its “Newest Technology” prototype Optimus robotic.


Shortly afterward, Musk handed over the stage to Tesla engineers that gave jargon-heavy overviews about growing the facility techniques, actuators, and joint mechanisms that might make Optimus doable, replete with fancy graphs however with few concrete specifics about how they’d apply to a transport product. “We’re carrying over most of our design expertise from the automobile to the robotic,” stated one engineer, whereas one other engineer stated they drew a lot of their inspiration from human biology, particularly in joint design.

Earlier within the demonstration, Musk stated that they had been having the occasion to “persuade a number of the most gifted folks on this planet to return to Tesla and assist carry this to fruition.” Musk additionally emphasised the general public nature of Tesla a number of instances, mentioning that if the general public would not like what Tesla is doing they may buy inventory and vote in opposition to it. “If I’m going loopy, you may fireplace me,” he stated.

[This is a developing story and will be updated as new information comes in.]

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