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• e-nuvo HUMANOID

The Nippon Institute of Technology, with Harada Vehicle Design, ZMP, and ZNUG Design, have developed a humanoid robot about the size of an elementary school student for educational purposes.  The university adopted 35 of ZMP’s e-nuvo WALK robots in 2004 for a 1:1 student-robot ratio.  Whereas the e-nuvo WALK (the educational version of NUVO) is quite small, the new robot is tall enough to interact with its environment in a more meaningful way.  Students will demonstrate the robot at elementary and junior high schools, as well as care facilities.  The goal is to improve student learning by raising awareness of bipedal robot technology and its connection to math and physics, while also giving them hands-on experience with the bot.  Additionally, by visiting care facilities the university students will come to understand the real-world needs and applications for robots.

The e-nuvo HUMANOID stands 126cm (4′) tall and weighs 15kg (33 lbs), with 21 degrees of freedom (2 legs x6, 2 arms x3, head x3), powered by a Lithium Ion battery.  It is equipped with the usual sensors including cameras, accelerometers, gyro sensors, obstacle detection sensors, distance sensors, and peizoelectric sensors, and can be controlled via PC or remote controller.  Besides basic speech capabilities, the robot can serve as a kind of teacher’s assistant, since it has a built-in projector which will allow it to display diagrams on a blackboard that might be difficult to explain in words alone.  The robot will be programmed using Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio, which the students have been using to test control algorithms for the e-nuvo WALK robots.

ZNUG Design’s Kota Nezu, the chief designer of the robot, also worked on Toyota‘s i-unit personal transporter, and ZMP’s RoboCar.  Several videos and photos after the break.

[source: NIT press release (JP)] & [ZMP (JP)] via [Robonable (JP)]

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