Kobian is a humanoid that loves to make faces. It's designed to study human-robot interaction and it uses its body and face to display different emotions, including happiness, anger, fear, and surprise.
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Kobian uses a double-jointed neck to achieve more expressive postures.
Its face includes motors to control the lips, eyelids, and eyebrows.
Its creators hope the robot could be used to care for the elderly.
- Capable of using facial expressions and body postures to show six emotional states: happiness, fear, surprise, sadness, anger, and disgust.
- 140 cm | 55.1 in
- 45 cm | 17.7 in
- 50 cm | 19.7 in
- 62 kg | 136.7 lb
- 1.8 km/h | 1.1 mph
- Two cameras, microphone, IMU, six-axis force-torque sensor (in the feet and forearms), force sensors (hands).
- Brushed DC servomotors
- Lithium-ion batteries, 20 minutes of operation. Or 48-V external power supply.
- QNX real-time OS and custom control and behavior software.
- DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
- 65 (Head: 24 DoF; Neck: 4 DoF; Waist: 2 DoF; Trunk: 1 DoF; Arm: 7 DoF x 2; Hands: 4 DoF x 2; Legs: 6 DoF x 2)
- Mainly aluminum
The Takanishi Laboratory at Waseda University has been developing robot heads since 1995. Over the years, the lab has unveiled several models of its WE series of expressive heads. The researchers have also focused on biped humanoid locomotion, and in 1996 they started developing the Wabian humanoid series. In 2007, they combined their most advanced WE head with their most advanced Wabian legs. The result was Kobian. In 2010, the researchers upgraded Kobian's motor controllers with smaller modules and equipped the head with several additional degrees of freedom.