Just wanted to introduce myself and say a big ‘Hi’ to the like minded people here. It is great to have a new, developing community to be part of, learn from and share experiences with.
My name is Carl and I am a social robotics specialist in the UK, and run a small, boutique company developing social robotics applications on the SoftBank Robotics robot, Nao and Pepper. The applications range from commercial business applications such a product presentations through to educational applications on robotics such as Nao. My personal field is developing robotics applications to help teach communication skills to children on the autism spectrum. Nao and Pepper are shown below:
For fabrication I have three machines:
- An Orion Delta 3d Printer
- A Creality CR-10S 3d printer (I love that big build volume)
- A K40 chinese laser cutter (40 watt).
I love to build robots and play with deep learning, my current robot stable includes:
Q.bo One integrated with Google Dialogflow and Houndify
2 x Nao robots (they are my personal ones, the oldest has just had his ninth birthday)
1 x MiRo robot pet
1 x Qihan Sanbot (Android based autonomous robot).
Current projects include:
- A lip synching display using an LED matrix based upon, but slight different from, this project on Instructables - https://www.instructables.com/id/Lip-Synching-Robot/
- Some fun animated eyes using colour TFT screen with sensors to get them to react to their environment.
My big project is a new hexapod based upon the designs shared by RoboticsHobbyist on Thingiverse. I have changed it a little by lengthening the chassis and using commercial brackets but it is coming along well. More on that later, but here is where I am up to at the moment - it does walk (using the NUKE gait engine) but still needs some work.
I look forward to learning a lot from you all, I am a complete newbie to CAD and 3d modelling, sadly still stuck using Tinkercad for my designs. So I hope to be able to start to develop better skills by hearing from the 3d experts here.
Looking forward to hearing about everyone’s projects and sharing my own.