What happened now? While most applaud the rapid progress made in the world of artificial intelligence and robotics, some fear a Terminator-style society in which machines enslave humanity. The latter group’s worries are exacerbated by Xiaomi, which has just announced the four-legged CyberDog robot.
CyebrDog looks like a disturbing cross between the killer robots from the TV show War of the Worlds and the killer robots from Metalhead’s Black Mirror episode. While other companies have created similar machines, the most notable of which is the Boston Dynamics Spot, CyberDog seems more … dangerous, albeit slightly slower (3.2 m / s) and lighter (3 kg).
CyberDog is “the world’s smallest artificial intelligence supercomputer” from Nvidia, the Jetson Xavier NX. The robot is equipped with 11 sensors and cameras, including touch and ultrasonic sensors, a GPS module, an ultra wide-angle fisheye lens and an Intel RealSense D450 depth-sensing camera, to help it navigate obstacles while following its owner.
Unlike a feature at all, CyberDog also has human posture and facial recognition capabilities that allow it to identify and follow people within a group. “CyberDog can analyze its surroundings in real time, create navigation maps, determine destination and avoid obstacles,” said Xiaomi. It can be controlled using voice commands or a smartphone app.
Xiaomi said it does not know what applications CyberDog will have. The company said it intends to release 1,000 units for “Xiaomi fans, engineers and robotics enthusiasts to jointly explore the vast possibilities of CyberDog.”
The robot is equipped with three USB-C ports and one HDMI port that can be used to configure its equipment. Xiaomi is proposing to add lidar sensors, panoramic cameras and spotlights, which will possibly make it an even more efficient hunter.
Engadget reports that Xiaomi will create an open source community to work with CyberDog, which could be followed by the construction of a robotics lab that will pave the way for “future innovations.”
CyberDog is priced at 9999 Yuan, or roughly $ 1,540, which is much cheaper than the Spot’s $ 74,500 price tag.