DARwIn-OP robot is open source
This robot kicking the beer can around in this video is known as DARwin-OP. This the result of an Open Platform Humanoid Project sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the United States and developed by RoMeLa at Virginia Tech with collaboration with University of Pennsylvania, Purdue University and Robotis Co., based on the award winning DARwIn series humanoid robots in development since 2004.
DARwIn-OP (Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence – Open Platform) is an affordable, miniature-humanoid-robot platform with advance computational power, sophisticated sensors, high payload capacity, and dynamic motion ability to enable many exciting research, education, and outreach activities.
DARwIn-OP is a true open platform where users are encouraged to modify it in both hardware and software, and various software implementations are possible (C++, Python, LabVIEW, MATLAB, etc.) The open source hardware is not only user serviceable thanks to its modular design, but also can be fabricated by the user. Publicly open CAD files for all of its parts, and instructions manuals for fabrication and assembly are available on-line for free.
We found the DARwIn-OP listing for $12,000 as a special order from Trosson Robotics. For that price, we’d expect him to retrieve the beer and open it, not just kick the car around. It would have been a particularly interesting AI learning experiment had DARwIn picked the can up and opened it after kicking it around the floor…
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