Humanoid Robot Gets Upgrade With Latest Generation

In a new video demonstration, the second generation of Tesla’s Optimus humanoid robot is shown with new motion and handling capabilities

Scarlett Evans, Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

December 13, 2023

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A video shows Tesla's robot dancing and handling delicate objects

Elon Musk has shared a new video of Tesla’s humanoid robot design, showing Optimus Gen 2 with updated motion and handling capabilities.

In the clip, the robot is shown walking, balancing and dancing, as well as picking and placing delicate objects such as eggs.

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According to the video, the second-generation robot walks 30% faster than its previous iteration and has new sensing capabilities in its fingers to enable more deft handling.

Since its debut in 2021, Optimus has seen several mobility updates. A video update in September showed the robot doing yoga and recognizing its limbs moving in space.

Musk has previously hinted at grand plans for the Optimus robot rollout, saying AI-powered humanoid robots could one day outnumber humans, and that one day Tesla’s robot business could be greater than its automotive. 

Optimus was unveiled as an industrial robot, with the goal of “eliminat[ing] dangerous, repetitive, boring tasks.”

An exact timeline for when Optimus will be commercially launched has not yet been announced. 

About the Author(s)

Scarlett Evans

Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

Scarlett Evans is the assistant editor for IoT World Today, with a particular focus on robotics and smart city technologies. Scarlett has previous experience in minerals and resources with Mine Australia, Mine Technology and Power Technology. She joined Informa in April 2022.

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