Print and Build Your Own Life-Size Robot
A French sculptor and dad has created and posted the designs for a robot head, shoulders, arms and hands. Anybody with a home 3D printer can produce them.
CREDIT: Shoulder for Robot InMoov (hairygael) / CC BY-NC 3.0
3D printer owners can now print and put together their own programmable robot, thanks to a French sculptor and dad. Gael Langevin has gained some notoriety — and a CNN feature — for creating and publicly posting directions for a life-size, 3D-printed robotic head, shoulders and two arms complete with five-fingered hands.
A torso is on its way, Langevin told CNN.
Using programming instructions Langevin has posted, the robot, named InMoov, is able to respond to voice commands telling it to grab things, tilt its head and move its arms. Would-be robot-makers who have more advanced programming skills may be able to key in more sophisticated responses, Langevin told CNN.
The whole InMoov requires a home 3D printer, some motors and a circuit board (Langevin used the hobbyist's board, Arduino), for a total cost of about $800, CNN reported.
Langevin told CNN he was partly inspired by his daughter, who asked to build planes and other objects when she was little.