1X, a robotics company backed by OpenAI, has successfully deployed a humanoid robot in the United States and select parts of Europe. Bernt Bornich, CEO and founder of 1X, announced that their humanoid robot, named EVE, has been operational since April and has exceeded their initial expectations. This development marks the first instance where a humanoid robot has been integrated into a professional setting, surpassing the highly anticipated Tesla robot envisioned by Elon Musk.
Presently, EVE has been deployed as a security guard at two industrial locations, setting itself apart from other security robots by its head, face, and two independently moving arms. These patrolling EVE humanoids are supervised by human security guards. Notably, in the event of any issues with the robot, the security personnel can virtually enter and control the robot’s body, providing immediate presence as if physically there. Bornich expresses optimism that these robots will soon be employed as caregivers for the elderly as well.
In recent years, non-humanoid robots that do not resemble humans in shape have been used for security tasks. Examples include the egg-shaped K5 developed by California-based Knightscope and the two-wheeled robot created by Swiss start-up Ascento, which patrols railway depots. However, the introduction of the humanoid robot by 1X sets a standard for security robots. In addition to its human-like appearance, EVE possesses manipulators or robotic hands that enable it to perform tasks such as opening doors, windows, and picking up objects.