Roboy Junior – the first of its kind
Roboy Junior is the foundation of the Roboy project. He was the first Roboy, developed in only 9 month and born to the public on 9.3.2013 during the robots on tour event.
Roboy Junior was built with the support of private companies, universities and many helpful hands.
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 how the body moves. This 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).
TO DEVELOP A NEW, HUMANOID ROBOT IN ONLY 9 MONTHS
Roboy has been developed in record time – only 9 months! The renowned Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Zurich hosted ROBOTS ON TOUR, a robotics fair, in Zurich on March 8, 2013 for its 25 year anniversary. During this fair, the joint team of academia and industry met their ambitious goal and presented Roboy.
Financing By Crowd Funding
To markedly speed up decisions and cut down on development time, Roboy Junior has been financed with private funds and constructed by private companies. This means that Roboy Junior was financed by exclusive sponsors and through crowd funding. In return for contributions, every supporter will has his name or logo engraved on Roboy Junior.
Open Source Development
The development of Roboy Junior (mechanic and software) is conducted Open Source. This means that all expertise, ideas and inventions do not belong to one specific entity, and everyone will has the chance to advance Roboy Junoir’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 the components, send an email to gro.y1487833595obor@1487833595ofni1487833595.
Roboy’s development milestones were:
|June 2012||Kick off project|
|August 2012||First CAD Draft|
|September 2012||First parts 3D printed|
|October 2012||Begin Assembly Torso|
|End November 2012||First Movement in the Torso|
|January 2013||Delivery of Legs|
|Feburary 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
The head of Roboy has been designed completely from scratch where the community on Facebook had decided which head they like most.
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!
While we had large plans in getting Roboy onto a bike by the Robots on Tour, it turned out that the we could not make the legs strong enough, so he could drive the bike on his own. We are working on redesigning the legs to be stronger and with improved dynamics in order to do 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 has been constructed by a professional team of robotic experts who have experience developing other projects with great success. The AI Lab at Zurich University initiated Roboy.
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
The Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (AI Lab) of the University of Zurich headed by Prof. Dr. Rolf Pfeifer is 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 and was founded to support and promote research and development in artificial intelligence.
University of Zurich
The University of Zurich belongs to Europe’s top research institutions and offers the widest selection of study programs in Switzerland.
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 successfully implemented pioneering projects in robotics together. Mechanics and additional functions will be 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 will provide ROBOY with its’ cutting edge sensors.
ETH Zürich – Bio-Inspired Robotics Laboratory
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.
Zurich University of Applied Science
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 will provide 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 will develop a head and face for ROBOY that will meet highest standards of design and function and will be able to express emotions due to innovative solutions.
TU Munich – Institut Robotics and Embedded Systems
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 ECCErobot.
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 will become possible.
Triobike and Obst&Gemüse
Obst&Gemüse from Basel andTriobike 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