Tesla has shown off the Optimus Gen 2 humanoid robot for the first time with the updated model designed to allow it to take on some of the repetitive tasks that humans might not want to carry out.
However, the initial robot’s unveiling was treated with skepticism, and it isn’t yet clear whether the new modem will fare any better.
There’s no denying that the updated model looks more futuristic than ever, with new Tesla-designed actuators and sensors. Tesla says that the new modem can walk 30% faster than the old one, while a 10kg weight reduction will also go some way to improving other aspects of the robot’s performance, including its overall balance.
As Electrek notes, the new robot has upgraded hands that appear to be mode capable, but again there is limited information available. The robot is not available to buy, of course, but Tesla CEO Elon Musk is bullish, saying that the “Optimus stuff is extremely underrated.”
Musk also went on to say that there could be high demand with as many as 20 billion units sold. It isn’t yet clear what he’s basing that information on, however, if indeed it is based on anything at all.