Tesla’s Optimus spotted folding a shirt

Tesla’s humanoid robot Optimus is edging closer to home automation, with the bot demonstrating its shirt-folding skills in a new video.

Optimus can be seen folding a t-shirt surrounded by supervisors in a recent post by Elon Musk on X.

The video captures Optimus strung up to a table while folding a t-shirt. In the video, the bot is supervised by a human.

The creator notes in the post that the robot can’t yet perform these tasks autonomously.

“But it certainly will be able to do this fully and in an arbitrary environment (won’t require a fixed table with a box that has only one shirt),” Musk wrote.

The robot first appeared at Tesla’s office in Palo Alto, California, in “an effort to have Tesla seen as a leader in fields like artificial intelligence, not just a company that makes cool cars.”

Musk said that he anticipates Tesla would be ready to take orders for the robot in the next three to five years while planning to develop the product over a decade.

Musk aims to sell the bot for under $20,000, which is less than a third of the price of the Model Y vehicle.

An experimental test robot, which Tesla said was developed in February 2023, walked out to wave at the crowd, and Tesla showed a video of it doing simple tasks, such as watering plants, carrying boxes, and lifting metal bars at a production station at the company's California plant.

Tesla isn’t the only company breaking into the robot market.

Google is also creating systems to craft helpful, autonomous robots. Recently, Google’s Deep Mind Robotics team has introduced three new systems to improve real-world robot data collection, speed, and generalization in an attempt to craft a robot that would help people with mundane tasks like preparing snacks or wiping tables.

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