"Dreamer" is the name of the one-armed humanoid robot developed by Meka Robotics and which was recently presented in IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in San Francisco.
The Dreamer robot is created by Luis Sentis and his team at the University of Texas .
The first thing that draws your attention immediately is the really expressive eyes in combination with a really "human-like" way of interaction of the robot against an external force such as a touch or a push.
The main parts of the robot; the head, the eyes and the arm (which by the way is almost as the size of an arm of an adult) can be moved around in a number of ways while the emotive ears add to the expression level as well by changing their shape and their color.
The parts of Dreamer are:
- One S2 Humanoid Head (7 degree-of-freedom)
- One A2 Compliant Arm (7 degree-of-freedom)
- One H2 Compliant Hand (2 degree-of-freedom)
- One T2 Humanoid Torso
- Two 2DOF ears
- Two High Resolution FireWire cameras
- Force-controlled actuators & zero-backlash Harmonic Drive gearheads.
The Dreamer runs on Willow Garage's ROS
The main goal of Meka is to primarily focus on creating robots that can be used around people or work with them as well.You can take a little taste of what's to be expected in the following video: