Canine-inspired quadrupeds, spearheaded by Boston Dynamics back in 2005, have not really reached homes to be petted but that isn’t stopping manufacturers from spending billions in developing robo-dogs more capable and intelligent.
Latest such creation, boldly stepping into the limelight, wagging its mechanical tail with conviction, is the CyberDog 2. This quadruped wonder is the brainchild of Xiaomi, and it’s not your average robo-pooch now; it has undergone a transformative makeover since the first iteration of the CyberDog.
The original Xiaomi CyberDog was inspired by Boston Dynamics’ Spot, but Xiaomi doesn’t want to stand content with mere imitation. The CyberDog 2 emerges with a distinct identity, shedding its initial homage to embrace a more lifelike, canine charm. For this, the robotic stiffness of the CyberDog is replaced with a redesigned body, reminiscent of a Doberman dog, complete with adorable ears framing its head to create the CyberDog 2.
At just 8.9 kg and 36.7 cm tall, the CyberDog 2 packs a woof in a size smaller than that of a grown-up golden retriever. Besides the compact size, what truly sets the CyberDog 2 apart, however, is its newfound agility. Thanks to Xiaomi’s ingenious micro-actuators, the CyberDog 2 gets the ability to perform complex feats like confidently balancing on one leg, giving a handshake, or executing a series of dynamic backflips with grace.
The CyberDog 2 isn’t just about physical prowess. Its intelligence is where it truly shines. Powered by NX processor and two co-processors bolstered by 8 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, the CyberDog 2 has 19 sensors that grant it the power of vision, touch, and hearing coupled with Xiaomi’s AI voice algorithm.
Powered by a built-in battery that boasts 90 minutes of activity before a quick recharge via USB-C, the CyberDog 2 is embedded with decision-making ability and AI simulation to design its behavior for a natural and lifelike persona echoing our beloved furry friends. With Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi for connectivity, the CyberDog 2 can be seamlessly controlled with a remote or a smartphone. While it is time for us to pet this guy in the West, the CyberDog 2 is going to be available soon in China starting at 12,999 yuan (approximately $1,800).