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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Open Humanoid Platform Made in USA and Korea

Virginia Tech's Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa) has developed an Open Platform Miniature Humanoid Robot for Research, Education and Outreach called DARwIn-OP. Check out the demo video below.

DARwIn-OP (Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence - Open Platform) 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. Publically open CAD files for all of its parts, and instructions manuals for fabrication and assembly are available on-line for free.
DARwIn-OP  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. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the United States, DARwIn-OP has been developed by RoMeLa at Virginia Tech with collaboration with University of Pennsylvania, Purdue University and Korean Robotis Co., based on the award winning DARwIn (Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence) series humanoid robots in development since 2004.
DARwIn is a research platform for studying robot locomotion and sensing. It was also utilized as the base platform for Virginia Tech's first entry to the humanoid division of RoboCup 2007. The 560 mm tall, 3.6 kg robot (the latest version of DARwIn) has 20 degrees-of-freedom (DOF) with each joint actuated by coreless DC motors via distributed control with controllable compliance. Using a computer vision system and IMU, DARwIn can implement human-like gaits while navigating obstacles and traverse uneven terrain while implementing complex behaviors such as playing soccer.

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