Unitree’s H1 humanoid breaks world speed record, dances, jumps, and navigates stairs

Unitree H1 Humanoid World Speed Record
The H1 Evolution V3.0 robot dazzles with its ability to execute complex dance routines, showcasing a level of coordination and rhythm that highlights its advanced robotic agility. Images courtesy Unitree Robotics

Unitree Robotics, a China-based company, has recently made headlines with its H1 humanoid robot, setting a new world speed record. Renowned for its quadruped robots resembling dogs, Unitree’s venture into humanoid robots with the H1 model has marked a significant achievement in robotics.

The H1 humanoid robot, in a recent demonstration, achieved a speed of 3.3 meters per second (11.9 km/h or 7.4 mph), showcasing not only its speed but also a range of advanced functionalities.

Introduced in December, the H1 stands out with its imposing stature of 1,805 mm (71 inches) and a weight of approximately 47 kg (104 lbs). It’s designed to carry payloads up to 30 kg (66 lbs), making it a versatile asset for various applications. The robot’s mobility is attributed to its sophisticated design, featuring five degrees of freedom in each leg facilitated by joints in the hip, knee, and ankle, alongside four degrees of freedom in each arm through shoulder and elbow joints.

Equipped with a head-mounted Intel RealSense D435i depth-sensing camera and a Livox MID360 LiDAR module, the H1 has the capability to image its surroundings in 360 degrees. This sensory data is processed in real-time by Dual Intel Core i7-1265U microprocessors, ensuring the robot can navigate and interact with its environment effectively.

Unitree H1 Humanoid Maintains Balance
The Unitree H1 robot impressively maintains its balance and continues walking smoothly, even when subjected to kicks.

Upon its announcement in December, the original version of the H1 illustrated a remarkable capacity for maintaining balance and mobility, even when faced with disruptions like being kicked. Fast forward to the release of a new video on March 1, the Evolution V3.0 iteration of the H1 broadens these abilities significantly.

This latest model not only upholds the capacity to walk at unprecedented speeds but also demonstrates advanced full-body coordination by dancing, effortlessly climbing and descending stairs, and executing jumps as high as a man standing next to it.

This level of performance, particularly the standing jump, is noteworthy considering the H1’s legs are powered by Unitree’s own M107 electric motors. This is in contrast to other robots that rely on hydraulic actuators for such movements, which, while powerful, are often bulkier, heavier, and prone to leaks. Unitree’s achievement in creating explosive movement from electric motors places the H1 in a league of its own, showcasing the potential for electrically powered robots.

Unitree H1 Humanoid Jumps
The H1 Evolution V3.0 humanoid jumps as high as a man standing next to it.

The H1’s advancements in speed and mobility provide a stark contrast to other robots in the field. For instance, Agility Robotics’ Cassie achieved a 100-meter sprint record at 4.0 meters per second, but Cassie is not a full humanoid, lacking the upper body complexity of the H1. Other companies like Figure and Sanctuary are focusing on different aspects of robotics, such as manual dexterity or upper body functions, without prioritizing walking speed. Tesla’s Optimus humanoid, though a direct competitor, trails behind with a walking speed of only 0.6 m/s.

Unitree H1 Humanoid Setting World Speed Record
Unitree H1 Evolution V3.0 breaking humanoid robot speed world record.

For those interested in acquiring an H1 humanoid robot, patience and a significant financial commitment are required. Unitree has indicated a waiting period ranging from three to ten years, with a price tag of US$90,000. This positions the H1 as a premium, cutting-edge technology aimed at sectors where its unique capabilities can be fully utilized, heralding a new era in humanoid robotics.

Source: Unitree Robotics