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Socially-Assistive Robot (Sar)

{First Tine user and First Time question] Developing a Socially-Assistive Robot (SAR) to Engage Persons with Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and AD-Related Dementias (ADRD), and their Caregivers. I need a human-like head similar to Alan. Where can I purchase Alan the android head robot platform kit?


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Alen isn't in production for public sale yet. However Will said it's only a matter of time till it happens. Sooner than later. Maybe you can reach out to him privately. He has several ways to contact him on his profile page::D

I have his email address. I'll reach out for you and let him know you're asking about his Alen for a honorable cause. I'll ask hum to check back here.

Good luck.


Hello there, welcome to the community. It makes me very happy to see someone mention social robotics in this particular subject. If you don't mind I would like to tell you why, I'll try to keep it short.

Around the same time as I decided to take the leap into robotics, my uncle was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. He was one of the youngest people in Sweden to get it at that time. When he could no longer live at home, I often visited him at the clinic where he was cared for. One of the first things that popped into my mind was how much potential there could be for social robots to enhance the lives of the people there.

The staff, while trying their very best, was overworked and stressed out. They were so busy taking care of all the practical issues, that they had very little time to actually interact and talk to the patients. Not too long before he passed away, I once came there to see him trying to communicate with a flower pot sitting on the table. That's when I really felt that surely we must be able to do better than this. If we can't have people there, constantly engaging and challenging people like my uncle to stay active and think, we can at least try replacing the flower pot with something more intelligent.

It is a goal of mine to some day hopefully be able to do something similar as you're doing. Until I am ready and feel confident enough to try, it's very motivational seeing that there are people working on it right now. I guess what I really want to get through with my post here is that I truly wish you the best of luck, you're using this technology in one of the most noble ways. Whether Will is able to assist you or not with this, I hope things work out and you can continue your work. Have a great day.


@sebediah There are alternate ways of making a Socially-Assistive Robot (SAR) as you know I have an inmoov robot which I 3D printed at home. I started with the inmoov head and had that working with EZ-Robot for several months while I worked on the Body. several inmoov builders stop at building the head and there are stands you can print just for that purpose. using the AI services available with ARC you can interact with your Robot Head add a camera from EZ=Robot and you can detect faces and objects and colors. If you look at the videos Will has available, you can use Alexa connected to your robot head the Alexa device has a Audio out jack and can be connected to your robot head with all the power of the internet The Inmoov STLfiles are free to use. and can be printer with an average 3d printer, from the web site

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@ptp Thanks for your information. I guess we will have to ask osmond1114 what are his intentions for the SAR robot. a commercial venture or his own private use. even Will would most likely not allow Allen for commercial use. If the use was not commercial but just to help the unfortunate. osmond1114 could contact Gaël Langevin and get permission. Gaël has been working with amputees designing robotic hands, so a SAR robot may be of interest.


The proposed SAR project will eventually lead to a commercial unit. The vision is to build a SMART, Internet of Things Point of Care Cloud network. For a commercial product, the vision can be better achieved by working with like-minded partners and paid for licensed products. The physical design is what we are dealing with. A SAR robot must be pleasant to look at and become a part of the home including the nursing home environment. The knowledge and AI content we add comes from existing nurses and doctors; while the robot learns from its patient encounters, SAR will not be a replacement for the nurse or doctor, but is there to assist. The robot will help the patient make a perfect cup of tea. He/she will remind you where the garbage bin is, and once you’ve thrown out your garbage he’ll remind you to wash your hands. He’ll even show you how to switch on the kettle. Help if patient forget to take their pills. Call the doctor if a patient falls. [sensors to ID falls].

We are enternig the field of Mechatronics, a multidisciplinary field of engineering that includes a combination of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, telecommunications engineering, control engineering and computer engineering. As technology advances the subfields of engineering multiply and adapt. Mechatronics' aim is a design process that unifies these subfields. Originally, mechatronics just included the combination of mechanics and electronics, hence the word is a combination of mechanics and electronics; however, as technical systems have become more and more complex the word has been broadened to include more technical areas. The word "mechatronics" originated in Japanese-English and was created by Tetsuro Mori, an engineer of Yaskawa Electric Corporation. The word "mechatronics" was registered as a trade mark by the company in Japan with the registration number: "46-32714" in 1971. So Phase I is to work with others to get the head and body correct. Once we get the head and body then how do we cover it to make it humanoid looking? The commercial product must be profitable to all. Next I will post what the head and body look like.


For a talking mannequin head idea, this one used a Pi, but from a hardware standpoint I think you'll get a good idea of how a head might be cut up and then servos used. An ioTiny or EZB can control this with ARC will make scripting a easy.


To: Justin Ratliff Can I get some more information? I have 3 images 2 male, 1 female. just need similar. In the picture is the Robot Pepper. How can I get a sample? cost? If confidential send to

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Osmond, do you have a 3D printer?



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This would be a great head for you. There’s tons of servos so you can control expressions. I believe something like this is way more useful to your application. Other options without facial expressions will enter uncanny valley.

This option you can add a skin with magnets to the head. A face skin so it looks like a real person. This is the same way that Sophia robot and the others work.


@osmond1114 - I don't have any more information to share there, that was a video of someone else's robot in order to give you ideas that could help you to build your own robot head.

I guess maybe it's still not clear if you are seeking to buy a commercial product or learn how to make your own robot head?

If you want to learn how to make your own, that is a path were you see what other Do It Yourselfers are doing in the field/domain and come up with your own ideas from there and learn how to put things together and then learn how to put your own spin on it for your own product.

If you want a commercial robot head product ready to go out of the box that you can customize to your field/domain (in this case health care) you'll want to reach out to @fxrtst


excellent idea! You could check There are several different head designs to download, or just for inspiration. If you need any help 3D printing components, I have a few years experience.



Are you looking for a place to start? I have built a prototype using simple craft store materials. I can post or email you information. You can start there and further develop the face, and basic movements.

My hope is Will Huff will be selling skins in the future, which will allow added servos for facial expression.

My goal is to eliminate the "Puppet" face, with a more natural look.