Thursday, July 07, 2005

Fujitsu Automation HOAP-3

Fujitsu Automation HOAP-3 :: TechJapan :: English news on technology from Japan: "Fujitsu Automation has announced their 'HOAP-3' humanoid robot. It looks to be pretty compact with a 60cm height. Additions to this version include image recognition and some various sensors. I also didn't realize the thing has a Pentium M processor and runs Linux, and Fujitsu Automation even publicizes the internal interface info...this thing would be a homebrew delight!

Fujitsu Automation announced on the 5th that they have begun accepting orders for the 'HOAP-3' small humanoid robot, developed in cooperation with Fujitsu Labs. It is Open Price.

HOAP-3 is the successor to the 'HOAP-1' announced in 2001, and the 'HOAP-2' announced in 2003. While the HOAP-2 improved upon the HOAP-1 in the area of movement capabilities, the HOAP-3 takes those same capabilities from the HOAP-2 and has been improved upon in external recognition and communication functionality.

The size of the unit is slightly larger than the HOAP-2; it stands about 60cm tall and weighs some 8.8kg. Since a camera, microphone, speaker, expression LED, audio recognition function, voice synthesis function, and image recognition function have been added, the unit is suitable for studies involving human communication, or hand-eye coordination research. A distance sensor, grip sensor, acceleration sensor, and so forth have been added, and all of these can be controlled from a PC using wired or wireless LAN.

The controlling OS is RT-Linux, and the CPU is a Pentium M 1.1GHz. Like the previous models in the HOAP series, the internal interface information of the hardware/software for the unit will be released, making self-programming possible. Also, simulation software for pre-confirmation of control programs is included."

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