Elon Musk Releases Video Featuring Tesla’s Humanoid Robot Optimus Demonstrating a New Skill –– Shirt Folding

On Tuesday morning, Elon Musk posted on X (formerly Twitter), unveiling a recent enhancement in the capabilities of the Tesla humanoid robot Optimus. The robot has acquired a surprising new skill –– independent shirt folding! Could this be a glimpse into the future of a robot butler?

In the shared video, Musk showcased Optimus retrieving a black shirt from a nearby basket on a table and proceeding to fold it. The video is aptly titled “Optimus Folds a Shirt.

In a follow-up post in the thread, Musk says that currently, Optimus lacks the capability to perform this task autonomously. However, it is anticipated that it will acquire full autonomy and operate in diverse environments, eliminating the need for a fixed table with a box containing only one shirt, in an instance like the one seen in the video.

The tweet by Elon Musk reads, “Important note: Optimus cannot yet do this autonomously, but certainly will be able to do this fully autonomously and in an arbitrary environment (won’t require a fixed table with box that has only one shirt)”.

This update follows Elon Musk’s recent post showcasing the Optimus humanoid robot’s ability to walk, dance, and even boil eggs, shared just a few months ago.

In December 2023, Musk unveiled the Optimus Gen 2, representing a significant leap from its predecessor. Unlike the initial version, which primarily focused on walking and talking, the new iteration boasts increased walking speed, improved hand movements, tactile sensing on its fingers, and various other enhancements.

Originally introduced as the Tesla Optimus or Tesla Bot during the AI Day event in 2021, this conceptual humanoid robot from Tesla aims to be a versatile, general-purpose machine capable of handling diverse tasks, especially those deemed unsafe, repetitive, or tedious for humans.

Currently in the developmental stage, Optimus has been subject to periodic updates from Tesla, with the latest iteration, referred to as Gen 2, highlighting the robot’s recent advancements.

In 2022, Tesla presented a prototype capable of walking and performing basic tasks such as object retrieval. During the demonstration, Elon Musk emphasized the significance of the robot operating without a tether, showcasing its ability to pick up objects and water plants. Musk underlined the safety measures in place to prevent any mishaps, ensuring a secure demonstration.

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