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AI Apocalypse? Self-Learning China-Created Humanoid Robot Smashes World Running Speed Record

China Builds World's Fastest Humanoid Robot...Runs 7 MPH
Source: Unitree Robotics

China’s bipedal humanoid robot has set the speed for a new world record for its 'species,' clocking in at 7.4 mph.

Mar. 24 2024, Published 1:05 p.m. ET

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China's Unitree has propelled its bipedal humanoid robot into the limelight, setting a groundbreaking speed record for its robotic kind.

Dubbed "Evolution V3.0," Unitree's H1 robot has recently achieved a remarkable feat, sprinting at a staggering 7.4 mph, heralding a new era in robotic agility, according to Metro.

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Weighing less than 110 pounds and standing at 5 feet 11 inches, the H1 is a marvel of engineering prowess. Even more astonishing is the company's assertion that this robotic marvel is poised to accelerate even further, with aspirations of reaching speeds of up to 11 mph.

A captivating video released recently showcases the H1 in action, exhibiting not only its impressive velocity but also its dexterity and versatility.

From executing intricate dance moves to effortlessly lifting a basket off a robotic companion and delicately placing it onto a table, the H1 demonstrates a level of sophistication previously unseen in humanoid robotics.

Moreover, its ability to traverse stairs with ease, in various directions, underscores its adaptability to complex terrains and environments.

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In a particularly striking sequence, the H1 is depicted engaging in a jumping exercise alongside a human counterpart, matching their leap height with uncanny precision.

Furthermore, in an earlier demonstration, attempts to destabilize the H1 prove futile as it effortlessly rebounds from external forces, showcasing its robust design and resilience.

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Unitree proudly proclaims the H1 as the world's first full-size general-purpose humanoid robot capable of running in China. Equipped with cutting-edge technology including 3D LiDAR, depth cameras, and real-time spatial data acquisition, the H1 possesses 360-degree depth perception and a stable gait, enabling autonomous locomotion across various landscapes.

The integration of advanced features such as the Robot AI World Model framework signifies Unitree's commitment to pushing the boundaries of humanoid robotics.

With capabilities ranging from online self-learning to sophisticated computer vision algorithms, the H1 represents a paradigm shift in the realm of artificial intelligence and robotics.

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Meanwhile, China's fervor for humanoid robotics shows no signs of abating, with the government actively fostering technological advancements in this field. A recent humanoid robot competition organized by the Chinese Institute of Electronics attracted widespread participation from industry players and academic institutions alike, underscoring the nation's dedication to harnessing robotics for economic growth and societal advancement.

Wang Peng, an associate research fellow at the Beijing Academy of Social Sciences, highlights the transformative potential of humanoid robots in enhancing both quality of life and productivity across various sectors, including public services, manufacturing and emergency response.


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