NAMO (Novel Articulated MObile platform) is a humanoid robot built by The Institute of Field Robotics (FIBO) at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi in Thailand. FIBO is active in the RoboCup scene and have developed a wide range of robot types, including an experimental biped. NAMO was unveiled on March 29th 2010, serving as FIBO’s mascot as part of the university’s 50 year anniversary celebrations. NAMO will be used to welcome people to the university and may be deployed at museums. Given its friendly appearance and functionality, it could be used to research human robot interaction and communication.
NAMO is 130cm (4’3″) tall and has 16 degrees of freedom. It moves on a stable three-wheeled omnidirectional base, and is equipped with a Blackfin camera for its vision system. It is capable of simple gesture recognition, visually tracks humans or objects of interest automatically, and can speak a few phrases in a child-like voice (in Thai).
A few videos and some photos follow after the break.
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