Fujitsu has designed a standard research platform for universities and businesses called HOAP (Humanoid for Open Architecture Platform). Built to order, the HOAP series of robots are produced using custom, state-of-the-art parts and are controlled using a Central Pattern Generator (CPG) network, which simulates the neural oscillator found in earthworms and lampreys. Researchers write custom programs and test them using the robot’s various systems.
“A robot is a computer with arms, and Fujitsu is a computer company. In the next stage, the computer will have arms or legs or movable parts. That’s why we’re investigating mobility and new types of software for robots.”
Prior to Fujitsu’s introduction of the HOAP humanoid, universities and businesses would have had to build their own robot from scratch in order to test theories, programs, and experiments involving robots. Now they have an excellent standard with which they can conduct their research without having to also build a working model themselves.
HOAP-1 was first sold in September of 2001, and had a design remarkably similar to the SONY SDR-2X (one of QRIO’s early prototypes). It stood 48cm tall, weighed 5.9kg, and had a total of 20 DOFs (legs x6 (x2), arms x4 (x2)). Researchers could run simulations on a control PC running RTLinux before testing the robot in the lab.
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