DARwIn-OP: An Open Platform – Research, Education and Outreach

DARwIn-OP: An Open Platform, Miniature Humanoid Robot for Research, Education and Outreach

Dennis Hong
RoMeLa (Robotics & Mechanisms Lab),
Virginia Tech

Daniel Lee
GRASP Laboratory,
University of Pennsylvania

DARwIn-OP (Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence – Open Platform) is an affordable, miniature-humanoid-robot platform with advance computational power, sophisticated sensors, high payload capacity, and dynamic motion ability to enable many exciting research, education, and outreach activities. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the United States, DARwIn-OP has been developed by RoMeLa at Virginia Tech with collaboration with University of Pennsylvania, Purdue University and Robotis Co., based on the award winning DARwIn series humanoid robots in development since 2004. In July 2011, Team DARwIn competed at RoboCup in Istanbul, Turkey winning first place against 24 international teams.

DARwIn-OP is a true open platform where users are encouraged to modify it in both hardware and software, and various software implementations are possible (C++, Python, LabVIEW, MATLAB, etc.) The open source hardware is not only user serviceable thanks to its modular design, but also can be fabricated by the user. Publically open CAD files for all of its parts, and instructions manuals for fabrication and assembly are available on-line for free.

A number of DARwIn-OP units will be fabricated and built by Robotis Co. for distribution to 11 partner universities (including major research universities, RUI institutions, a women’s college, and two local high schools) and will utilize them in their classroom teaching and projects as well as outreach activities.

The objective of this annual workshop is to; introduce DARwIn-OP to the humanoid robotics community to broaden the DARwIn-OP project and form a user community; train the users for use in research, education, and outreach activities; disseminate results of the usage of DARwIn-OP in the classroom; and to obtain feedback from the users for future improvements.

Height 455 mm (17.9 in)
Weight 2.8 kg (6.2 lb)
Motors Robotis Dynamixel
Computing FitPC
Vision USB Webcam
Power LiPo batteries

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