Computer scientists from the University of Bonn have developed a new robot whose source code and design plan is publicly accessible.
It is intended to facilitate the entry into research on humanoids, in particular, the TeenSize Class of the RoboCup. The scientists recently introduced the new robot at the IROS Conference (International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems) in Portugal.
With its white head and black body, “NimbRo-OP” looks almost human. After all, at a height of 95 centimeters, it is almost the size of a small child. Among soccer robots, it counts as a “grown-up.” Thanks to light-weight materials, its weight of 6.6 kilograms is, however, clearly less than that of a child. It has a total of 20 drive elements that convert computer commands into mechanical motions. This is also why “NimbRo-OP” is very agile — it has no problems kicking a soccer ball, and it can also get up from a prone position like a human, for soccer players also sometimes fall down.
The robot’s source code and design are open source
“We have made very effort to keep the design simple to allow other working groups to also use this robot as a basis for their work, modify and repair it,” says Prof. Dr. Sven Behnke, lead of the Autonomous Intelli¬gent Systems working group from the University of Bonn. Source code and design plan of “NimbRo-OP” are open source. This is intended to facilitate entry into research on humanoids, in particular, the TeenSize Class of the RoboCup.
The Bonn researchers used different humanoid robots as the inspiration for their project. “There are also other very interesting robots; but they are clearly smaller than ours,” says Prof. Behnke. “But its size is essential for being able to do certain things, such as in robo-soccer.” In addition, “NimbRo-OP” has a special wide-angle camera to get a view of the soccer field, and high processing capacity for swift response.
via Science Daily
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