Elon Musk Sets a Bold New Goal for Tesla's Optimus Gen 2 Robot
Tesla's Optimus Gen 2 humanoid robot has already captured the imagination of tech enthusiasts around the world with a recently released video demonstration. However, CEO Elon Musk is not resting on his laurels. He has outlined an even more daring objective for the Tesla Bot, which he hopes to achieve within the next year.
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The latest video from Tesla showcases significant advancements in Optimus Gen 2, particularly in the fluidity and precision of its hand movements. So refined were these movements that some skeptics even doubted the authenticity of the video, suggesting it was CGI. The updated Optimus Gen 2 boasts 11 degrees of freedom (DoF) in its hands and now has tactile sensing in its fingers. This was impressively demonstrated by the robot transferring an egg between containers, a delicate task showcasing both dexterity and sensitivity.
Elon Musk, ever the visionary, has taken to X to announce that the development team's efforts are ongoing, and he has set the bar high: Optimus should be able to thread a needle within a year. This task, challenging even for humans without tools, highlights the ambitious direction Musk is steering Tesla's robotics program. Achieving such a feat would not only be a marvel of engineering but would also position Tesla as a frontrunner in the field of robotics.
It's easy to overlook just how quickly Tesla's humanoid robot project has progressed. Announced at AI Day 2021 with nothing more than a static model and a playful, if not comical, dance by a human in a robot costume, the program has come a long way. The initial skepticism has now turned into anticipation as Tesla continues to push the boundaries of what's possible in robotics.
As Tesla races towards this new milestone, the company is poised to potentially redefine the intersection of humanity and machines. With every advancement, Optimus Gen 2 is not just walking towards a future of advanced robotics — it's taking giant leaps.