Visitors to the recent IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) in San Francisco had a chance to check out this cartoonish droid from local firm Meka Robotics, and it's quite an eyeful.
The video below provides a close-up look at the one-armed humanoid. It's called the Dreamer robot and it's under development by Luis Sentis and colleagues at the University of Texas at Austin.
The robot runs on Willow Garage's ROS and consists of several components, including Meka's S2 Humanoid Head, which houses expressive eyes and emotive ears. Dreamer's peepers are high-resolution FireWire cameras and its head can move along seven axes of motion. … Read more