Researchers studying bipedalism and human-robot interaction at France’s INRIA have created an affordable 3D printed humanoid robot.
Called Poppy, the 33 inch tall robot was designed, printed, and built for about US$11,000. This is around one third of the cost of comparable robots.
Most of the budget is spent on complex servo motors. This includes 21 Robotis Dynamixel MX-28s, at $219 each. Additionally, Poppy is powered by a Raspberry Pi, sees with two HD cameras, and balances using an inertial measurement unit.
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