Qrio is a small entertainment humanoid that can hear, speak, sing, walk, run, dance, recognize faces, and grasp objects. It was exceptionally advanced for its time, and sadly it was canceled in 2006. Sigh.
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Did You Know?
Qrio can perform a variety of dances, including the Para Para, a popular Japanese dance.
Qrio, pronounced "curio," stands for Quest for Curiosity.
In 2004, Qrio conducted the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra in a rendition of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
Qrio's slogan was, "Makes life fun, makes you happy!" And it did, until Sony killed it.
- Capable of recognizing speech and faces and picking itself up if it falls.
- 58 cm | 22.8 in
- 19 cm | 7.5 in
- 260 cm | 102.4 in
- 6.5 kg | 14.3 lb
- 1.08 km/h | 0.7 mph (walking)
- Two CCD cameras, seven microphones, three-axis accelerometer and gyro, two-axis accelerometer, and four force sensors in each foot.
- 38 motors
- Lithium batteries
- Three 64-bit RISC processors, 192 MB RAM.
- Sony Aperios real-time OS and OPEN-R software platform.
- DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
- 38 (Head: 4 DoF; Trunk: 2 DoF; Arms: 5 DoF x 2; Fingers: 5 DoF x 2; Legs: 6 DoF x 2)
Qrio was the brainchild of Yoshihiro Kuroki, general manager of Sony Entertainment Robot Co., in Shinbashi, Japan. The project started in 2000 and was named SDR, for Sony Dream Robot. In 2001 Sony developed SDR-3X, and in 2003 it unveiled SDR-4X, a new version emphasizing human interaction. Sony developed new technologies specifically for Qrio, including a small actuator and software for motion creation. In 2006, Sony unveiled the fifth generation of the robot. On 26 January 2006, Sony announced that it would stop development of Qrio.
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