Xiaomi introduces humanoid robot, CyberOne

CyberOne, Xiaomi’s first humanoid robot, debuted at the company’s new product launch event in Beijing on Aug. 11, alongside other new products.

As the newest member of Xiaomi’s Cyber series, joining last year’s quadruped robot Cyberdog, CyberOne is fitted with advanced arms and legs, supports bipedal-motion posture balancing, and reaches peak torque of up to 300Nm. Also demonstrated were the ability to detect human emotion, advanced vision capabilities, and functionality allowing it to create three-dimensional virtual reconstructions of the real world, alongside a host of other advanced technologies.

“CyberOne’s AI (artificial intelligence) and mechanical capabilities are all self-developed by Xiaomi Robotics Lab,” said Lei Jun, founder, chair, and CEO of Xiaomi Group. “We have invested heavily in R&D spanning various areas, including software, hardware, and algorithms innovation. With AI at its core and a full-size humanoid frame as its vessel, this is an exploration of possibilities of Xiaomi’s future technological ecosystem and a new breakthrough for the company.”

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CyberOne is a humanoid robot measuring 177cm in height and 52kg by weight, with an arm span of 168cm. Compared to a quadruped robot, this humanoid robot is more mechanically complex, requiring more powerful motors, more degrees of freedom, and complex humanoid biped control algorithms. CyberOne supports up to 21 degrees of freedom in motion and achieves a real-time response speed of 0.5ms for each degree of freedom, which allows it to fully simulate human movements.

According to Xiaomi, a robot’s motion performance is dependent on the performance of each joint motor.

Kinetic energy

“The technological requirement for building such motors is extremely high as it is necessary to generate more kinetic energy without increasing the size of components,” the company said.

In order to ensure the flexibility of CyberOne’s upper limbs, Xiaomi has developed a high-efficiency motor weighing only 500g with a rated output torque of up to 30Nm for the upper limb joint motor. The hip joint motor is similarly capable of instantaneous peak torque of up to 300Nm. Thanks to the self-developed humanoid bipedal control algorithm, CyberOne’s walking posture has been programmed to be both natural and stable. CyberOne is capable of holding up to 1.5 kg in weight with a single hand and programming by demonstration.

“Altogether, CyberOne is a humanoid robot with well-developed coordination and exceptional motion capabilities,” Xiaomi said.

3D Space

Equipped with a self-developed Mi-Sense depth vision module and combined with an AI interaction algorithm, CyberOne is capable of perceiving 3D space, as well as recognizing individuals, gestures, and expressions, allowing it to not only see but to process its environment, the company explained.

In order to communicate with the world, CyberOne is equipped with a self-developed MiAI environment semantics recognition engine and a MiAI vocal emotion identification engine, enabling it to recognize 85 types of environmental sounds and 45 classifications of human emotion. CyberOne is able to detect happiness, and even comfort the user in times of sadness. All of these features are integrated into CyberOne’s processing units, which are paired with a curved OLED module to display real-time interactive information.