A new opensource robotics project is releasing in France called the Poppy Project.
Poppy is an Open-source humanoid platform based on robust, flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software.
Designed by the Flowers Lab at Inria Bordeaux and Ensta ParisTech (France), its development aims at providing an affordable and hackable humanoid robot for science, education, art and geeks.
Poppy was initially made for our research project about understanding biped locomotion, and full-body physical and social interaction in robots and humans.
The Arduino TRE is said to be available in Spring 2014. The little development board uses the 1-GHz Sitara AM335x processor along with a fully functional ATmega32u4 based arduino. From my understanding it’s a linux based system that utilizes the Arduino IDE for programming. So plug it into your monitor, hook up a keyboard and mouse and you’re well on your way to programming the unit, through the IDE, for your next project. Talk about competition for the Raspberry Pi and Beagle Bone. The only issue now is, how much will this cool piece of hardware cost. Whatever the price I’m pretty excited about it and will most likely throw down and get one.
Technical Specifications (preliminary)
||32 KB (ATmega32u4)
||2.5 KB (ATmega32u4)
||1 KB (ATmega32u4)
|Digital I/O Pins (5V logic)
|PWM Channels (5V logic)
|Analog Input Channels
||6 (plus 6 multiplexed on 6 digital pins)
||Texas Instrument Sitara AM3359AZCZ100 (ARM Cortex-A8)
||DDR3L 512 MB RAM
||1 USB 2.0 device port, 4 USB 2.0 host ports
||HDMI, stereo analog audio input and output
|Digital I/O Pins (3.3V logic)
|PWM Channels (3.3V logic)
|Support LCD expansion connector
This was a common project that I originally found on Instructables. When I finally put it together the results weren’t quite what I wanted so I’m adding a little bit of an electronics spin to it. I’ve picked up some peltiers’ and heat sinks off Ebay for a good deal and will be developing a control unit for this project that I can hopefully control from the internet. This project page will be updated as I progress through this project. This is an open source project, of course, and all project files will be made available to you. Enjoy.
Yes I’m jumping on the band wagon for these Arduino spinoffs. Gotta pay tribute somehow. This little project is mainly used to create breadboard prototypes of my projects. It’s designed to work with my USBasp setup from the Programming AVR’s on the Mac tutorial……
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