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Fritz - A Robotic Puppet

 

 

We just launched our kickstarter project called Fritz which is an open source animatronic robotic head. Its a great way to get introduced into robotics and have some fun with expressions and servo control. The software will also be open source and can be used to sequence the robot to perform actions/etc. based on audio.

We wanted to make a hackable animatronic head that you can change both hardware and software to customize to your personality. The hardware construction is simple but creates a compelling face. We searched for easy to use software to sequence the face using a drag and drop interface ... which we didn't find so we ended up creating our own. As the stock Arduino servo lib only works with 12 servos we also had to upgrade that to get 13 servos so that we could continue to use a stock Arduino for maximum extendibility.

Some highlights
- Humanoid Face Dimensions
- 13 Moveable Facial Parts
- Open Source Hardware and Software
- Arduino Microcontroller Based
- Control Fritz using GUI Drag and Drop Interface
- Included Audio and Motion editor
- Generate Speech from Text
- Control Fritz Using the Keyboard or a Joystick

We are laser cutting the parts but some of the harder bits (like the eye lids) have to be injection molded to make them work in a nice way (3D printing works too but is a bit slow).

The kickstarter project is located at

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1591853389/fritz-a-robotic-puppet

Hope you like it!

 

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Well, I have just come here to show the OddBot's project too. I have seen Fritz on engadget and thought that OddBot made it then logged in to lmr and saw this.

Btw, I have been a member for about 4 years, and THIS is my first post.

Well, member since April 2013 and the first post is the link to the kickstarter campaign. That's so un-cool. However, I doubt that you will find backers here since we are here to build our own stuff.

I think you may have been better served by maybe mingling around a bit and meeting some folks before trying to hawk your stuff.

I have a feeling that the guys are not going to go easy on you, dude.  (but I could be wrong --what the hell do I know)

OddBot, 

Nope, I can definately say that we've not seen your robot before. It is really cool!!

I looked through your 38 robots (wow, you've been busy) but didn't see the one that you posted above.

Nice structure, would love to see it in something non-transparent as its hard to see the actual face (didn't really notice the nose right away). Thanks for your reply!

STeven.

It is a wee bit suspect indeed. 

I can't help but feel you guys copied my product:

I like xyzbot's design. The GUI is nice too. I don't think it's a copy of your design, Oddbot. Only two examples:

http://web.cecs.pdx.edu/~mperkows/CLASS_ROBOTICS/2001/how-to-pictures.html

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002FB4I8M?ie=UTF8&tag=dugnorth-20&link_code=as3&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=B002FB4I8M

I think we should respect the work of each others. We're brothers in (robot) arms :)