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The 3D printed components of the Poppy robot.

European researchers have developed an open source 3D-printed humanoid robot, which they call Poppy.

Credit: INRIA

European researchers have developed Poppy, an open source, 3D-printed, humanoid robot.

The researchers hope to make Poppy part of vocational training in schools, giving students the opportunity to learn and experiment. "Very little has been done to explore the benefits of 3D printing and its interaction with computer science in classrooms," says European Research Council scientist Pierre-Yves Oudeyer. "With our Poppy platform, we are now offering schools and teachers a way to cultivate the creativity of students studying in areas such as mechanics, computer science, electronics, and 3D printing."

Oudeyer notes Poppy's body was created using a 3D printer and the robot's behavior is controlled by freely available software, which makes it easy for users to experiment with building personal robots. In addition, Poppy is compatible with the Arduino platform, enabling the robot to interface with other electronic devices.

Oudeyer says Poppy also enables users to share their ideas and results in a very open and collaborative way through a dedicated Web platform. He already has used Poppy in an ongoing artist residence program, in which a dancer and a visual artist explore the emotions and perceptions of body gestures and movements using the robot.

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