The boffins at robotics startup TheCorpora have released a video showing how long it takes to assemble their charming little droid Qbo.
The bot recently entertained us with vids in which it recognized itself in a mirror, and then recognized Jane234, the female of the species.
Powered by an open-source Linux platform, Qbo is designed to be a communications robot that’s part of our everyday environment. It lacks arms and legs, but makes up for limitations on physical interactivity with its charm. It’s also fun to dress up.
As described by the startup, which is led by Francisco Paz, the components in Qbo include five open-source hardware boards designed in-house; EMG-30 motors; SRF10 ultrasonic sensors; an LCD screen; a hard drive; and a PC motherboard.
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