Humanoid Robot Opens Bottle, Crushes Nuts

Unitree heralds its new small-scale design as having improved dexterity and flexibility

Scarlett Evans, Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

May 14, 2024

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A still from Unitree Robotics' video showing its G1 robot
Unitree Robotics

Unitree Robotics has unveiled its latest humanoid robot design, G1, with a video showcasing its flexibility and dexterity.

In the video, the small-scale robot is shown standing up from a lying down position, walking around and withstanding kicks and punches from a human.

G1 is also shown wielding a baton, picking up and crushing walnuts, frying bread and removing a drink bottle cap with a karate chop, although it spills most of the drink’s contents in the process.

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Unitree said its AI-enabled robot has 360-degree joints, boasting up to 43 degrees of freedom to give it high levels of dexterity. Its hands have “force-position hybrid control” enabling it to simulate human hands and precisely handle objects. 

The design is smaller than Unitree’s previous models, weighing 103 pounds and standing at around 50 inches. It can also be folded down to 27 x 17.7 x 11.8 inches, according to company specifications, making it more portable.

G1 is Unitree’s latest addition to the humanoid robotics space, joining its existing H1 robot. The larger scale mode, measuring nearly 6 feet, broke the humanoid robot speed record in March, at 7.3 mph, breaking the previous record of 5.5 mph.

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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