Cyberdog from Xiaomi: here is the open-source robot dog

Xiaomi enters the world of robotics with Cyberdog, a robot dog with an open-source code that can be purchased by everyone (more or less). After Spot , the Boston Dynamics quadruped also used by SpaceX , a new companion on legs arrives on the robot market. The two dogs are very similar, even if Cyberdog is more “robust” and stockier than Spot. Xiaomi claimed that its robot "possesses capabilities never seen before" , thus raising expectations for its new product. But how is Cyberdog made?

Cyberdog, Xiaomi's robot dog

Spot or Cyberdog? Will this be the new challenge for the next few years? Xiaomi's robot dog, announced by the same company in a tweet and presented during the last conference, has already been making headlines for a few days. Along with many enthusiasts, there are also those who turn up their noses, accusing the Chinese company of having copied Boston Dynamics. The "bio-inspired robot" is indeed very similar to its direct competitor. But is there really a comparison between the two? To differentiate the robots, first of all, there is the price: if Spot is on sale for almost 75 thousand dollars, Cyberdog has a much lower cost of about 1500 dollars. A figure within everyone's reach (or almost), but which gives us an idea of ​​how different the two machines actually are.

Cyberdog by Xiaomi is a robot dog designed for "home" use : the first units will be intended for engineers and robotics enthusiasts, but also for fans of the company, demonstrating that no special knowledge is needed to use it. As Xiaomi herself stated, the robot dog has a domestic nature and therefore does not possess comparable capabilities with those of Spot , used instead for rescue and control operations. Cyberdog follows its master and responds to commands, and is able to analyze the surrounding environment to understand how to move.

Despite its size, Cyberdog is capable of reaching speeds of 3.2m / s, while Spot reaches 3.9m / s. Xiaomi's dog is also lighter and is able to jump backwards. The robot is able to create "navigation maps" to identify the destination and any obstacles along the way. Cyberdog is then able to recognize human faces and postures , so as to understand when to follow its master. To do this, the robot is equipped with fisheye lenses with an ultra quadrangular angle, the Intel RealSense D450 camera, touch sensors and a GPS module.

Cyberdog, Xiaomi's robot dog. Source: Xiaomi
Cyberdog, Xiaomi's robot dog. Source: Xiaomi

Cyberdog's code is open-source and the hardware can be customized, for example by adding other sensors or additional cameras. Xiaomi, with its robot dog, could start the mechanical quadruped market thanks to a product accessible to anyone. There is no information yet on the official release date , nor in which countries it will be available.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 and Mi Pad 5

During the conference of 10 August, Xiaomi presented two important innovations: the Mi Mix 4 and the long-awaited Mi Pad 5 tablet . The smartphone offers a full-screen design where the camera also disappears , remaining hidden behind the display. The chipset used is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 88 Plus, the RAM is 12GB and the internal memory can reach 512GB. The screen is a 6.67-inch OLED with a resolution of 2340 × 1080 pixels. For photography we find a 108MP camera, 12MP ultra-wide angle sensor and 1 / 1.33 inch CMOS sensor. The front camera is 20MP. The price ranges from 660 euros to 830, depending on the RAM + memory combination chosen .

The Mi Pad 5 offers three different models , the basic one, the Pro and the Pro 5G, and in three color combinations: dark gray, white and dark green. All 3 versions have an 11-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 2560 × 1600 pixels . The base model is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 processor, while the two Pros have the 870 version. For the base and the Pro we find a 13MP camera, and in the second also another 5MP depth-of-field lens. The 5G version, on the other hand, has a 50MP camera. For the pad, prices range from 260 euros to 460 euros.

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