The project was inspired by the complex challenges and the "cool factor" of humanoid robots.
The mechanical design was inspired from the Robotis Mini, priced at $499 when we started the project in 2015. Since the XL-320 motors used were too expensive for our design goals ($21 each), we decided to only use this mechanical design for the legs. We 3D printed the leg parts by downloading and slightly modifying some parts 3D modelled by Alexandre Le Falher. The 3D CAD files can be found here: https://grabcad.com/library/darwin-mini-1
The rest of the design, circuits, and code is available in our full report: Final Report
More details coming soon...
The goal of our project was to design and develop an open-source low-cost humanoid robot that would benefit four different fields: education, research/academia, consumer electronics, and extreme environments. By combing the hardware and software together, the humanoid robot was constructed. It has the capabilities to recognize voice commands, process text-to-speech, have interactive facial expressions, recognize faces and colored objects, and have 18 degrees of freedom. On top of that, we have a Bluetooth module integrated with a Bluetooth Android application that allows the user to preset commands and directly interact with the robot.