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)”.