World's First Running Electric Humanoid Robot Unveiled in Beijing

The Beijing Humanoid Robot Innovation Center design has potential applications in search and rescue, disaster response and the manufacturing industry

Scarlett Evans, Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

April 30, 2024

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A still of the Tiangong robot

The world’s first electric-powered running humanoid robot has been unveiled, designed by the Beijing Humanoid Robot Innovation Center.

The robot, Tiangong, meaning “heavenly palace,” was unveiled at the Beijing Economic-Technological Development Area, where it demonstrated its walking and running capabilities.

The design can run at speeds of up to 3.7 mph, which the company said is the closest to human-like running speeds a robot has achieved.

Tiangong features multiple visual perception sensors, a high-precision inertial measurement unit and 3D vision sensors for navigation capabilities. It also uses a reinforcement learning-based method for motion control, allowing it to develop a more natural gait.

The robot uses open-source software for scalability and compatibility with commercial use cases.

Potential applications for Tiangong include search and rescue, disaster response and the manufacturing industry.

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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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