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Xiaomi's CyberDog Robot Runs Ubuntu

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Chinese hardware company Xiaomi recently unveiled an experimental four-legged robot called CyberDog. Their mechanical manifestation of man’s best friend isn’t just cute but state-of-the-art, easy-to-use, and affordable.

“Face recognition technology makes CyberDog adopt pet-like features, such as following an owner…”
And cost is a real motivator here.

CyberDog costs from $1540 which, when compared to $74k for Boston Dynamic’s canine competitor, is pretty incredible. By making the CyberDog (comparatively) affordable to research institutions and startups Xiaomi wants to jumpstart a robotics revolution for four legged robots.
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Ubuntu could force itself to look at that creepy-looking canine

  • Ubuntu could force itself to look at that creepy-looking canine robot CyberDog

    Canonical, the company which manages the Ubuntu open-source operating system, is reportedly planning to deepen its understanding of a creepy-looking canine robot called CyberDog – probably giving itself nightmares in the process.

    CyberDog is a quadrupedal, experimental, open-source robot created by Chinese mobile phone giant Xiaomi. This canine robot is eerily similar to the other, more famous and even more terrifying robot dog produced by Boston Dynamics. That one – called Spot – is also open source.

    Xiaomi says its aim in releaasing CyberDog is to “improve the robot development environment and promote the development of the robot industry”. Xiaomi says it has a clear vision for its product.

    Canonical says it is diving into the specifications of CyberDog to discover exactly how Ubuntu is helping the device become an open source technological platform.

Ubuntu is the brains behind Xiaomi's Half Life-esque CyberDog

  • Ubuntu is the brains behind Xiaomi's Half Life-esque CyberDog

    Canonical, the company that sponsors the development of Ubuntu, has revealed that the popular Linux distro helps power Xiaomi’s recently released CyberDog.

    While unveiling the Mi Pad 5, Mi Mix 4, and some new smart home products earlier this year in August, Xiaomi launched a robotic version of man’s best friend. Dubbed CyberDog, Xiaomi’s mechanical canine looks a lot like Boston Dynamics' famous robotic dog, Spot.

    Unlike Spot however, the CyberDog has an open source core, Ubuntu 18.04 to be exact.

The code behind Xiaomi's CyberDog? Ubuntu

  • Hot not-Spot-bot spot: The code behind Xiaomi's CyberDog? Ubuntu

    Linux fans rejoice: the smarts running behind Xiaomi's Not-Spot, CyberDog, emanate from none other than Ubuntu 18.04.

    The Register asked Canonical why not something a little fresher, such as 20.04, and were told by robotics product manager, Gabriel Aguiar Noury, that "the operating system is running 18.04 rather than 20.04 because they are using Jetson, and 18.04 is more compatible for the approach the team had in mind."

    The CyberDog bounded onto the global stage in August and represented the company's first foray into the world of quadruped robotics.

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