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A Chinese startup wants to build a unicorn-driving robot for children



A Chinese startup wants to build a unicorn-driving robot for children


Like the unicorn, the unicorn robot does not currently exist, but the plans are ambitious – especially when it comes to the mechanics of this animal droid.

If you are considering buying a robot dog or a robot cat for your kids – you can simply buy a mythical creature for them instead. Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer Xpeng announced a unicorn robot designed for children’s riding, showing a computer simulation of this device. As SCMP notes, the quad will use Xpeng’s experiences with autonomous driving and other AI tasks to navigate different types of terrain, recognize objects, and provide “emotional interaction.”

The company isn’t quite as bold about revealing most of the other details, though the design looks and trots like a prettier, more kid-friendly version of Boston Robotics SpotMini. It is just the right size for children, so adults are unlikely to ride it to work 🙂

This unicorn robot is as mythical as the “real” item. Xpeng has not disclosed when it intends to release its horn robot horse, let alone pricing or availability. It may not cost as much as $ 75,000 – what the Spot costs, but I would expect something so sophisticated to cost more than the Aibo, which is priced at $ 2,900 in 2019.

In a way, profit doesn’t matter. Xpeng boss He Xiaopeng said the unicorn was part of a wider movement in the robotics space by leveraging the company’s existing technology. And we should think of it as the first step. What Xpeng learns from its unicorn could lead to more sophisticated (and hopefully adult-oriented) robots that you are more likely to buy.

source: Xpeng | Engadget