“Using only vision and joint position encoders, the robot can precisely locate its limbs in space,” say the subtitles. “It learns its tasks smoothly, like sorting and unsorting coloured-blocks, and its neural net runs entirely on-board, using only vision,” subtitles in the video further add.
After a long day at work for the humanoid robot, “it is time to stretch”, ending with a Namaste, in the video.
Optimus was showcased for the first time during ‘Tesla AI Day’ 2022 in October. Optimus was seen performing simple tasks this time in a video posted by the X owner. Musk also shared a video of Optimus at Tesla’s 2023 shareholders meeting in May. “Optimus is not a deep thinker at this point,” said Musk then. “Optimus is still figuring out how to do basic stuff. It couldn’t cook some eggs or something quite yet. We need to get Optimus to the point where it has reasonable agility and can do basic things. We’re aiming for it to start off doing simple tasks that are boring and repetitive, or dangerous – basically, jobs people don’t wanna do. That’s our goal, and I’m confident we’ll achieve that goal,” he added.
The robot reportedly has the same artificial intelligence (AI) software and sensors as present in Tesla’s advanced driver assistance system called ‘Autopilot’. Some suggest that the humanoid robot may cost around $20,000.
The robot reportedly contains a 2.3 kilowatt per hour battery pack which is “perfect for about a full day’s worth of work”, runs on a Tesla chip, and has Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity. The human-like hands are a “Biologically Inspired Design” that will make the robot suitable for picking up objects of various shapes and sizes at factories and other facilities.
“It’ll be a fundamental transformation for civilisation as we know it,” Musk had said at the AI Day event. Talking about its price, Musk said, “probably less than $20,000”, as his team moved a non-walking prototype offstage behind him.