The head of the humanoid robot will be a screen that will show information. Credit: Tesla

Elon Musk Reveals Optimus, Tesla’s Humanoid AI Robot

The future is here ladies and gents. Elon Musk has recently revealed Optimus, Tesla's Humanoid AI Robot.


Elon Musk and his companies are making history in more ways than one. Not only is Musts company Tesla leading the race to make electric cars the modes of transportation of the future, but his SpaceX company is the primary transportation method for taking cargo to and from Earth. But Musk has more to offer. Now, two prototype Tesla Bots that could walk, wave their arms, and grip with fingers were presented in the latest reveal of future tech. CEO Elon Musk says they’ll eventually cost $20,000 and should go on sale by 2027.

A robot called Optimus, unveiled by Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Friday, shuffled across the stage, waved, and did a few slow dance moves, and the best part is that you could own one to as the robots are expected to go on sale in 2027. According to Musk, sales of a useful humanoid robot should begin within three years and not more than five years from now.


While it wasn’t as flashy as some others, like Boston Dynamics’ Atlas, Tesla was able to put together the robot in less than eight months. At Tesla AI Day 2022, Musk joked, “The robot can do a lot more than what we showed you. I just don’t want to see it fall on its face.” The event was designed to showcase the robot and Tesla’s autopilot technology.

Ultimately, Musk wants to sell Tesla Bots for $20,000 apiece and build millions of them. Even though the projection seems quite optimistic, it is important to note that even though Tesla has excelled as an automaker, leading the entire industry toward an electric vehicle future, it has missed numerous deadlines.

Although still in its infancy, Tesla’s Optimus effort is among the most ambitious in the robotics world. It’s hard to make progress, though. Humanoid robots have been in development for years by competitors like Boston Dynamics, but so far, only prototypes have been produced. Amazon’s Astro, a household camera-equipped tablet on wheels, is one of the more common robots that have more limited abilities.

The best use of artificial intelligence is in narrow jobs, while the use of Tesla’s car piloting technology and robots in real-world applications must take into account a range of complexities. For the first few years of his life, Optimus will probably lead a quiet life. In the first instance, Tesla plans on using it in its own factories.

He also said that the jobs could include delivering parts to conventional robots on the manufacturing line. Musk believes that the number of situations where Optimus will be useful will grow exponentially in the future. “Really, really fast.”

A pair of robots was shown by Musk. Model one, a walking robot, was built using off-the-shelf mechanical actuators. The second could not walk, but its hands could grip with Tesla’s actuators, which controlled its limbs and fingers. Video footage shows the bots picking up boxes and turning at the waist in addition to performing other tasks.

Musk said the second Optimus robot would walk in a few weeks, although it wasn’t quite ready. The second prototype of the Optimus weighs 161 pounds (73 kilograms). What is perhaps even more interesting is that the Teslabot uses a modified version of the same computing hardware that runs Tesla’s autonomous vehicle technology, the so-called FSD. An engineer described its battery pack as “perfect for a full day’s work” since it has a storage capacity of 2.3-kilowatt hours.

The machine consumes approximately 100 watts of power when it is not in use and 500 watts when it is in use. It’s almost like a high-end gaming computer. In the first robot, one foot moved ahead of the other at a slow, shuffling pace. It walked somewhat mincingly thanks to its bent knees. It was capable of turning and flexing its waist. A large computer with dual spinning fans cooled the processors on its chest, which was mostly adorned with green LEDs.

Optimus robots were designed with multiple degrees of freedom – essentially different ways in which they could bend and twist. There are more than 28 degrees of freedom in the robot’s body and 11 degrees of freedom in each of its hands, Tesla said.

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Written by Ivan Petricevic

I've been writing passionately about ancient civilizations, history, alien life, and various other subjects for more than eight years. You may have seen me appear on Discovery Channel's What On Earth series, History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and Gaia's Ancient Civilizations among others.

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