Open Source 3D Printed Humanoid Robots
The Flowers Lab, a french research team, announced Poppy a new humanoid which is 3D printed (see Video 1). They are planing to release both the hardware and the software under an open source license. Though so far, they restrict the diffusion to beta-testers only.
Video 1: Poppy the Open Source 3D Printed Humanoid
Beside being open, Poppy seems to be more affordable that other humanoids available on the market. Its total production cost is approximatively $7,500, which is 62% of the price of the Nao from Aldebaran. But, Poppy is competing with yet another open source humanoid robots: the Darwin-OP from Robotis (see Video 2). Indeed the OP stands for Open Plateform. Files describing both Darwin-OP’s hardware (mechanics and electronics) and software are freely available from source forge.
Video 2: Darwin-OP Humanoid Robot
An already assembled Darwin-OP costs the same price as a Nao, that is $12,000. But, some folks made their own Darwin-OP using a 3D printer for half of the price ($6,000) which is less than the announced price for Poppy. The process is documented, so you can build your own!