Chinese conglomerate Xiaomi officially unveiled the next iteration of its robot dog companion last week.
Pulling the covers: Xiaomi unveiled the successor to its 2021 CyberDog on Aug. 14 with a video posted on X briefly showcasing the CyberDog 2’s ability to backflip from a moving skateboard.
Improved aesthetics: Unlike the first iteration, which resembled Boston Dynamic’s Spot, the CyberDog 2 will have a more Doberman-like design with two small ears.
Details to know: Despite weighing 8.9 kilograms (approximately 19.6 pounds) and standing at 36.7 centimeters (approximately 14.4 inches) tall, the CyberDog 2 can reportedly rest comfortably while standing on a block of tofu without crushing it. The feat was made possible thanks to the robot companion’s combination of ultrasonic lidar (light detection and ranging), fisheye and force sensors.
Under the hood: The CyberDog 2 will run using a multi-brain system, with an NX processor serving as its main brain and two other brains, both running dual co-processors, supporting it. For its eyes, the latest iteration uses several cameras, including a 13-megapixel interactive artificial intelligence (AI) camera and two fisheye cameras with a 146-degree field of view.
Other features: The CyberDog 2 can reportedly run up to five feet per second and has a dynamic balance that allows it to roll over and get up after being kicked down. Xiaomi also equipped the robot dog with a self-learning AI that sampled 30,000 generated robot dog models.
The pricing: With all the new features added, the CyberDog 2 will come at a slightly higher price tag than its predecessor
at 12,999 yuan (approximately $1,770). The first iteration was released in August 2021 and cost $1,500.