Derek Lengenfelder (dlengenf)
Intro to Robotics 16311
This is Bo and Yana: interactive child development robots from i-Play!
The robots must first be given the physical capability of sensing and then they must make sense of what is sensed. Bo and Yana do so via the following:
Bo has the following programmable actuators:
He has the following sensors and inputs:
Yana has the following programmable actuators:
She has the following sensors and inputs:
The planning tends to fall into the hands of the child. “Bo [and Yana] can be programmed to do various things, from basic movement and object detection, to complex sequences of instructions.” But these complex instruction sequences can offer a little leeway to the robot such that obstacle detection and thereby motion planning can be afforded to the robot.
The Play-i team is actively making attachments to extend the functionality of Bo and Yana, e.g. pushing, pulling, lifting, carrying, communicating, etc. The robots are constructed to interact with the child’s environment according the will of the child for as many uses as a child might think to use such a toy.