China's Xiaomi released a quadrupedal robot, the CyberDog, following Boston Dynamics' lead. The robot, designed for developers to build upon and create applications for, can respond to voice commands, detect motion, navigate obstacles, follow its owner, and pick out individuals in a group via face tracking. It’s also capable of backflips and can be controlled using a smartphone app. Currently, only 1,000 CyberDog units are up for sale at 9,999 yuan each (about $1,540 US). Boston Dynamics sells Spot for $74,500 instead.

Zoom In: CyberDog, powered by Nvidia’s Jetson Xavier AI platform, comes with 11 sensors over its body, including touch and ultrasonic sensors, cameras, and GPS to interact with its environment semi-autonomously experience the world.

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