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Humanoid Robot Toasts Marshmallows, Dances in New Video

In the video update from MagicLab, the robot also folds laundry and performs magic tricks

Scarlett Evans

February 8, 2024

2 Min Read
MagicBot roasting marshmallows
MagicLab

MagicLab, a humanoid robot startup that launched last year, has released a video update of its robot MagicBot roasting marshmallows, performing magic tricks and dancing.

The video is intended to demonstrate the robot’s dexterity and object manipulation capabilities, offering a “glimpse into the future of robot-assisted intelligent living for mankind.”

“The video highlights the unparalleled performance of MagicBot in small object manipulation and by extension, its versatility across a rich variety of everyday scenarios with human-like dexterity and smoothness,” according to a company statement.

To create the highly dexterous hand, the team used a combination of miniature high-torque servo actuators and sensitive multi-dimensional pressure sensors.

“The six miniaturized servo actuators allow for various object manipulations, providing users with an intuitive and rapid handling experience,” the team said. “Boasting sub-millimeter positioning accuracy and a load capacity of several kilograms, the hand can grasp objects of different shapes, sizes, weights and substance, including fragile, slippery or deformable items.”

The hand can replicate around 70% of all human hand gestures, with potential applications in specialized, industrial and service applications, ranging from hazardous material handling to public service and domestic operations, according to the team. 

Related:Humanoid Robot Startup Debuts Electric, Somersaulting Robot

MagicLab unveiled its humanoid design in January, pitched as a rival to Boston Dynamics’ acrobatic Atlas robot in its balance and dexterity, demonstrated by its ability to somersault.

"Our new joint motor design … enables the robot to maintain its stability while flipping its body in the air," MagicLab said in a statement. “[These] aerial maneuvers or jumping twists are no longer restricted to only hydraulic robots like Atlas.”

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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