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Unitree announces humanoid robot

Covering the humanoid announcement from Unitree, and similar products around the world

August 22, 2023

Unitree announces humanoid robot

Unitree, has announced plans for a humanoid robot named H1. Drawing from its expertise in quadrupeds, Unitree has unveiled a glimpse of the H1 robot through a video announcement on social media. An official release date remains unspecified, but the accompanying video indicates a commercial availability timeframe of 3-10 years. According to reports, the H1 from Unitree is likely to be more affordable (under $90,000) than similar humanoids in development around the world.

Standing at 71 inches (1800mm) and weighing 100 lbs (47kg), the H1 humanoid boasts an internally developed high-torque joint motor and gear train. Its sensory capabilities include a 3D LiDAR sensor and depth camera. The leg joints offer 5 degrees of freedom (DOF), while the arms possess 4 DOF each, albeit without hands in the initial images. According to their website, there are hands being developed with fingers for the H1.

Having established itself as a key player in quadruped development, Unitree recently introduced the Go2 quadruped's second iteration. Go2 represents a highly capable and maneuverable quadruped, at a very reasonable price when compared to the competition. The company has successfully translated its knowledge of leg mechanics and drive systems from quadrupeds to this humanoid product.

A humanoid like this is considered multipurpose. The application of these sorts of robots is seemingly limitless. The ability to replace human labor for a range of activities is ideal for labor and service interests around the world. The fingered hands that are under development will also increase the usefulness for this robot in completing tasks which are normally done by humans.

The announcement of the H1 by Unitree is exciting for the future of humanoid robotics. But, how does it compare to other interesting humanoid robots that are being developed or even those that are presently deployed? The answer isn’t simple, partly due to the fact that only one of these robots is commercially available.  

1X Neo

1X Robotics has introduced their groundbreaking humanoid robot, Neo, representing a remarkable leap forward in robotic technology. Neo seamlessly merges advanced mechanical engineering with cutting-edge AI capabilities, ushering in a new era of human-robot interaction.

Standing at an impressive height, Neo's design showcases a harmonious blend of aesthetics and functionality. Its multi-degree-of-freedom limbs and joints enable fluid and precise movements, mirroring human actions with astonishing accuracy. Equipped with an array of sensors including LIDAR and depth cameras, Neo possesses an acute perception of its surroundings, ensuring safe and efficient operation in dynamic environments.

Neo's AI-driven cognitive abilities empower it to engage in complex tasks, learn from its interactions, and adapt to evolving scenarios. Its intuitive interface facilitates seamless communication and control, enabling users to integrate Neo effortlessly into various professional and domestic settings.

According to 1X, Neo will be available to preorder near the end of 2023.

Agility Robotics Digit

Agility Robotics' creation, Digit, is a cutting-edge bipedal robot designed to tackle a diverse range of real-world tasks. Digit's primary purpose is to autonomously navigate complex environments, mimicking human agility and versatility. With its advanced leg mechanisms and intuitive AI algorithms, Digit can traverse challenging terrains, avoid obstacles, and perform tasks that require human-like dexterity.

This robot's significance lies in its potential to revolutionize industries such as logistics, delivery, and maintenance. By taking on physically demanding and repetitive tasks, Digit optimizes efficiency and reduces human workload, ultimately enhancing productivity.

While specific pricing may vary depending on customization, Digit's initial models were priced at around $250,000. This investment reflects the robot's advanced technology and potential long-term cost savings through automation.

With the ability to handle unpredictable scenarios and adapt on the fly, Digit represents a major stride forward in robotics, paving the way for more collaborative and capable human-robot partnerships in various professional areas.

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