A team of students at Columbia University, led by Jason Ravel, has designed a human-sized general purpose robot called Talos. Built for just US$800, this low cost robot has arms, a face, and can answer voice commands.
The Talos robot is built on an iRobot Create robot platform, which provides locomotion and an ability to sense walls and stairs.
Next steps in the project will be improving the object recognition and retrieval capability. The team will also be working on new navigation functions that use landmarks and can make maps as the robot roams around.
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