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Kobian

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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.

Creator
Waseda University
Country
Japan πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅
Year
2007
Type
Humanoids, Research
Creator
Waseda University
Country
Japan πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅
Year
2007
Type
Humanoids, Research

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Specs

FEATURES
Capable of using facial expressions and body postures to show six emotional states: happiness, fear, surprise, sadness, anger, and disgust.
HEIGHT
140 cm | 55.1 in
LENGTH
45 cm | 17.7 in
WIDTH
50 cm | 19.7 in
WEIGHT
62 kg | 136.7 lb
SPEED
1.8 km/h | 1.1 mph

SENSORS
Two cameras, microphone, IMU, six-axis force-torque sensor (in the feet and forearms), force sensors (hands).
ACTUATORS
Brushed DC servomotors
POWER
Lithium-ion batteries, 20 minutes of operation. Or 48-V external power supply.
COMPUTING
N/A
SOFTWARE
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)
MATERIALS
Mainly aluminum
COST
N/A
STATUS
Ongoing
HISTORY
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.
WEBSITE
http://www.takanishi.mech.waseda.ac.jp