Robot firm CloudMinds confirms receipt of US$137m from Series C

In a recent milestone, CloudMinds joined a number of domestic manufacturers in introducing its humanoid biped XR4 at the 2023 World Robot Conference in Beijing.

CloudMinds (达闼机器人), a service robot developer, has confirmed receipt of the 1 billion yuan (US$137 million) it was promised when it completed its Series C funding round in July, media reported today.

The Shanghai-based developer of cloud-driven humanoid robots secured the financing from KCI Group, Shanghai Guosheng Group and Watere Capital.

Based on a cloud-based open platform, CloudMinds has released a series of smart humanoids such as Cloud Ginger, Cloud Pepper and Claudia.

What is cloud robotics actually?

These models are deployed to a spectrum of scenarios including hotel, school, supermarket, and industrial park.

CloudMinds, which claims to be a pioneer of so-called cloud robotics, designs robots not with built-in controllers. Instead, they are able to react to commands sent via a 5G-powered cloud system. Hence the designation.

In a recent milestone, CloudMinds joined a number of domestic manufacturers in introducing its humanoid biped XR4 at the 2023 World Robot Conference in Beijing.

Standing 165 cm tall and weighing in at 65 kg, XR4 is a full-size general-purpose humanoid empowered by cloud services and catering to all scenarios, the company said.

The birth of RobotGPT

It possesses more than 60 smart compliant actuators and is built with lightweight carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites.

XR4 also adopts a parallel drive structure and high-torque motor, which can generate a peak torque of 600 N·m in a single leg and is highly responsive and dynamic.

What’s more, XR4 can access RobotGPT, a ChatGPT-like large language model (LLM) developed by CloudMinds.

The LLM, unveiled in July, is capable of processing input of text, voice, image, visual perception, locomotion and point cloud. It undergirds the cognitive intelligence of humanoids.

A coming age of AGI

A combination of capabilities like sensing, cognition, decision-making and behavior generation has made the robot a true carrier of “embodied AI.” It is able to implement tasks with human-like wisdom, CloudMinds said.

Through deep reinforced learning on the basis of digital twin technology, XR4 can perform autonomous training, multiple gaits and movements, such as self-balancing, dual-arm operation and walking with a graceful gait.

“The age of general artificial general intelligence (AGI) is coming,” said Huang Xiaoqing, founder and CEO of CloudMinds. “The mix of LLM, AGI and cloud robotics will thoroughly change the life of mankind in the future.”

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Ni Tao is the founder and editor-in-chief of cnrobopedia. Prior to cnrobopedia, he had a full decade of experience with a major state-run English-language newspaper as a tech reporter and opinion writer. He is also a communications specialist, having provided consultancy services to established firms like Siemens, Philips, ABinBev, Diageo, Group (Nasdaq: TCOM, HK: 9961), Jianpu Technology (NYSE: JT) and a handful of domestic startups. A graduate of Fudan University, he writes widely about China's business and tech scenes and other topics for global publications including South China Morning Post, SupChina, The Diplomat, CGTN, Banking Technology, among others, and tries to impart his experience to students at Fudan University Journalism School, where he is a part-time lecturer. When he's not writing about robotics, you can expect him to be on his beloved Yanagisawa saxophones, trying to play some jazz riffs, often in vain and occasionally against the protests of an angry neighbor. Get in touch with him by dropping a line at

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