Loki, which takes its name from the Norse god of mischief, is a 121cm (4′) tall, 18kg (40 lbs) hobby built robot by software engineer David Shinsel (who just happens to work for Intel). Equipped with two webcams, Loki uses OpenCV for object, face, and motion detection, and it can also respond to verbal commands with speech synthesis. Additionally, Loki uses the A* search method for plotting a course on what appear to be preprogrammed maps. All of this intelligence is handled by an onboard laptop running Windows XP. To top things off, Loki features a great design and “blinking” LED eyes which just scream WALL-E and Johnny 5.
Loki is the latest in a long line of robot projects which you can check out on his website, which includes all sorts of technical information from the build as well as work-in-progress photos.