Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Meet DARwIn-OP

Check out this cool little guy. Maybe it's just me, but I think he looks a little familiar.

DARwIn-OP (Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence-Open Platform) is an open source robot, meaning that if you feel like Dr. Tenma, you can fabricate the parts using CAD files and build your own. Or, you can just cut to the chase and buy one already assembled for $12,000.

It's pretty clear from the big saucer-like eyes, the fins on the head, and the thick proportions that Astro Boy must have been an influence. However, this is actually not a Japanese-built robot at all. It was created through partnerships with a number of US universities and Korean robotics company Robotis.

Find out more information, including a video of it in action, here.

I want one.