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China’s New Robot Stands Strong Against Human Assault

Daniel Kim Views  

A Chinese robotics company, Unitree, has recently sparked public interest with a startling video demonstration of its humanoid robot, G1. This robot remains upright despite repeated physical blows.

Detailed in the Daily Mail, the video showcases the robot performing delicate tasks such as assisting with cooking and executing intricate maneuvers, typical of many humanoid robot demonstrations. However, the feature that captured viewers’ attention was the robot’s resilience to physical impacts. In the video, a man kicks the robot’s back and punches its chest several times with gloved hands, yet the robot staggers without falling. Additionally, the robot is shown holding a hammer and striking the fingers of its other hand repeatedly.

The robot swings a stick like a martial artist, opens a cola bottle with the palm of its hand, and cracks a walnut with its fist.

Unitree’s G1 is a child-sized robot, about 50 inches (127 cm) tall, and weighs approximately 77 lbs (35 kg). The robot’s ability to twist and strike demonstrates its lightness, delicacy, and strong durability. However, netizens who watched the video responded, “It’s chilling.” In particular, there were reactions to the scene of breaking a walnut, saying, “It’s scary to imagine a human skull instead of a walnut.”

The notice that appeared at the end of the video also drew attention. Unitree warned, “This robot has a complex structure and powerful strength. Users must maintain a safe distance from humanoid robots.” In response, one user joked, “What kind of conspiracy are they planning?”

This is not the first time Unitree has caused controversy with a demonstration video. Last month, they faced backlash for unveiling a four-legged robot named Thermonator, equipped with a flamethrower from the American company Throwflame.

The robot, the Flamethrower Robot Dog, showcased its ability to spew flames up to 33 feet (10 meters) using the flamethrower mounted on its back. Not only can it be easily operated with an application (app), but it can also be purchased without any specific qualifications in all parts of the United States, except for Maryland, raising safety concerns.

Daniel Kim
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  • solarguy

    Your headline "China’s New Robot Stands Strong Against Human Assault" an accompanying video are deceiving. If you look not to closely at the video, you can easily see that the "assailant" never actually makes contact with the robot punching or kicking. The robot is simply reacting either remotely

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