The 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is packed with the marvels of tech. Many of those marvels are embodied in robotics as advances. Consider, for example, UBTech highlights to be the show of this year. The company's smart humanoid support robot named "Walker" has won Best of CES 2019 and will be back at the 2020 show with additional features. Walker will be quicker and demonstrate more human-like walking as well as yoga poses that reflect its enormous improvement in motion control, according to the company. The robot will also demonstrate the ability to move a cart, draw pictures, and write characters, plus exhibit improved static balance with full-body compliance control.
There's another robot device that could be equally interesting to the technical community if a little less flashy. France's Pollen Robotics shows its "Reachy" robot at CES2020. The company has developed a 3D-printed robot arm in collaboration with the INCIA Neuroscience Institute in France that is 100 per cent open source. Reachy is billed as an expressive humanoid service robot specializing in manipulating objects and interacting with humans. This robot is designed with pre-packagedAI and modular robotics that should easily accommodate many real-world applications, such as disabled people extensions (human increase), support at events (such as CES), help small businesses and even as a receptionist.
Reachy can easily be programmed in Python, according to the company, and provides ready-to-use operating environments for game play, coffee serving, music making, handing out specific objects, and more. The robot can also be fully customized with the open hardware, software and data!
The company is inviting developers to join their open source community and be part of Github, although the company is explaining that Reachy is still under development. The open source hardware, software, and data will not be released until the robot, towards the end of Q1-2020 is ready.
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