History How it all started.
Roboy Junior: The first of its kind.
Roboy Junior is the foundation of the Roboy project. He is the first Roboy, developed in only 9 months and born to the public on March 8th 2013 during the robotics fair Robots on Tour, hosted by the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Zurich. Roboy Junior was built with the support of private companies, universities and many helpful hands.
Financed through crowdfunding & developed as open source
Due to markedly speed up decisions and shortened development time, Roboy Junior was financed by private funds and constructed by private companies. Consequently, Roboy Junior was financed by exclusive sponsors and through crowd funding. In return for their contributions, the name or logo of each supporter is engraved on Roboy Junior.
Both the mechanical and software development of Roboy Junior is conducted Open Source. All expertise, ideas and inventions do not belong to one specific entity, and everyone has the chance to advance Roboy Junior’s technology. Roboy Junior is the ideal initial spark to trigger the work towards a generic anthropomimetic research platform.
If you are interested in building your own Roboy platform or supporting the project by further developing some of the components, send an email to gro.y1508304642obor@1508304642maet1508304642.
Starting point: The tendon driven robot ECCE
One of the most famous robotic projects in the EU was the development of the ECCE robot led by Professor Owen Holland of Sussex University. ECCE was modeled after the human anatomy and the body movement. The aim of the project was to show how robots will be designed in the future to best interact with human beings. With ECCE as its starting point, Roboy was conceived in 2011 via project coordination between internationally leading research institutions and industry partners who are at the forefront of development in mechanics and electronics. One of their first breakthroughs was the anthropomorphic tendon-driven arm (ANTHROB).
- June 2012: Kick-off project
- August 2012: First CAD Draft
- September 2012: First parts 3D printed
- October 2012: Begin Assembly Torso
- November 2012: First Movement in the Torso
- January 2013: Delivery of Legs
- February 2013: Delivery of Head from Sedax
- Mid February 2013: Final Assembly
- March 8th 2013: Unveiling Roboy at Robots on Tour in Zurich, Switzerland
Developing Roboy's head
Roboy’s head has been designed completely from scratch. The basis for its design was a Facebook community vote on the preferred head shape.
Simulation of the muscle forces
The Institut of Biomechanic, ZHAW, Winterthur, has calculated the forces for a walking Roboy. See more in that video: Roboy Walking
Roboy is cruising on a bike!
The original plan was to develop Roboy so that he could ride a bike by the Robots on Tour. Unfortunately, it wasn’t possible to make his legs strong enough to drive the bike on his own. The team is currently working on redesigning stronger legs with improved dynamics, to enable further research on how to make Roboy walk.
Developing Roboy's spine and neck
Roboy’s spine and neck were developed by Zürich Engineering GmbH.
Roboy Junior was constructed by a professional team of experienced robotic experts. The AI Lab at Zurich University initiated Roboy.
The Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (AI Lab) of the University of Zurich headed by Prof. Dr. Rolf Pfeifer was celebrating its 25th anniversary. As a birthday present to itself the AI Lab initiated the ROBOY project and the ROBOTS ON TOUR fair.
CIAN is the AI Lab’s advisory board, which was founded to support and promote research and development in artificial intelligence.
The University of Zurich belongs to Europe’s top research institutions and offers the widest selection of study programs in Switzerland.
Institut für Informatik
The National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Robotics is a nation-wide center, launched by the Swiss National Science Foundation, with the common objective of developing new, human-oriented robotic technology for improving our quality of life.
As main project partner, maxon motor is supplying all motors, as well as sensors and electronics that enable Roboy to make high-precision movements, and are in affect the artificial muscles of the robot.
The interdisciplinary project ROBOY is being managed by Adrian Burri of Konzeptagentur GmbH.
QUO AG and the AI Lab have already cooperated to successfully implement pioneering projects in robotics. Mechanics and additional functions have been designed by QUO and assembled in QUO’s workshops.
For every muscle unit, high-precision sensors are required to regulate the force of the muscle propulsion systems. Baumer Electric has provided ROBOY with its’ cutting edge sensors.
The Bio-Inspired Robotics Laboratory of Prof. Dr. Fumiya Iida at Europe’s highest ranking research university, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, contributes to ROBOY’s energy efficient walking.
The group Biomechanics of the Institute for mechanic Systems supports ROBOY by providing its’ groundbreaking simulation software to calculate the necessary muscle forces.
AI Lab’s internationally successful and highly innovative spin off created a network for knowledge. Starmind has provided ROBOY with a unique tool, to allow ROBOY to answer questions asked by the audience.
The company 1zu1 Protoypen provides high-precision Rapid-Prototype-Parts. Most of ROBOY’s joints are produced directly fromCAD through STL.
The engineering firm Sedax from Uster has developed a head and face for ROBOY that meets the highest standards of design and function, and will be able to express emotions due to innovative solutions.
The Institute Robotics and Embeded Systems at the internationally leading Technical University of Munich headed by Prof. Dr. Ing. habil Alois Knoll has already collaborated with the AI Lab on the groundbreaking ECCE robot.
Thanks to the know-how of the system developers at Zürich Engineering, Roboy now has a flexible vertebral column. Movements modeled on human motion such as flexion and nodding have become possible.
Triobike and Obst&GemüseObst&Gemüse from Basel and Triobike support us with an individual tricycle for Roboy.
Roboy would not have been possible without the great support from our many partners and supporters!
Jose Llopis Vallejo
Ian M. Stubbs
George T. Roos
Famile Rosamilia, Hunzenschwil
Arlene J. Hadley
Michael v Perry
Markus & Pauline
Marius Andre Strand
Marc P. Bernegger
Thomke Invest AG
Rui P. Costa