Introducing The Altair Ez:2 Robot

Toymaker

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Introducing the ALTAIR (Affordable Latest Technology Artificially Intelligent Robot) EZ:2 Robot

The first unveiling of the EZ;2 Robot (the commercial version of the EZ:1 Robot that has been seen on this forum) - you guys are seeing the EZ:2 first!

I am proud to confirm that it will have "EZ-Robot inside" and powered by the awesome V4 - well done DJ and the EZ-Robot team for making such a great product that allows robots like the EZ:2 to be light years ahead of the competition!

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The EZ:2 will also have face and object recognition capabilities and our advanced Ai engine and will work together with the ARC software.

Because we have been waiting to design in the incredible EZ-Robot V4, we are behind on our development schedule (but it is worth waiting for) and we will now start beta testing in 2015.

I wanted the EZ:2 to look like a robot and not a humanoid and you will see this reflected in the design. I guess not everyone will like the design, but it is practical for (low cost) mass production and because of its modular build transportation costs are reduced.

Hope you all like the EZ:2.

Tony

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#134  
Wow, you have indeed been hit hard. Again I am sorry to hear of you losses. I feel for you buddy, but fair play to you for pushing through and it's good to hear that robotics is helping you through. I'm currently going through something myself where I had to give up work recently to care for my mother full time now due to a devastating diagnosis. (Yes I know Helier and George's very well indeed).

Anyway, lol, what a small world. Mitcham you say... that's exactly where I am (not far from a certain pond you might know). I say Mitcham and people often say "Where?", so I say Croydon or Wimbledon now and people go "ah yes, I know it.". It just makes things easier :P.

Yes it would be great to hook up at some point so we'll defiantly have to arrange something. Sure, send me an email and we'll arrange something sometime. I look forward to that.:)
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#135  
This is for Steve G (who likes Dewey) - My Drone 01 is back in the garden!

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I guess you will be meeting him soon in the flesh (or should I say fiberglass).

Tony
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#136  
LOL, that's great. Thanks for that Tony.:D

Brilliant.
#137  
@Tony

I'm looking for candidate 'bot heads to serve as user (student) interfaces with my remedial math tutorial system. It looks like Alan's availability will depend on the Indiegogo results and would not likely to occur until February or thereabouts. I bet the Ez:2 head would work well as an interface for students at all levels, from middle school through college/university.

I would need a design that supports these minimal requirements:

SPECS:
EZ-B v4 based
Must support devices needed for
Face recognition (digital camera),
Voice recognition (microphone),
Handwriting recognition (digital camera),
Voice synthesization (speaker)
Neck must have two degrees of freedom

I'm sure that your Ez:2 design does all that and more, right?

If so, in a few weeks, I'd like to talk about purchasing a head so that I can evaluate its fit with my project. Right now, I'm using a JD head for prototyping but am not sure that it will be the "go to" head for the final project.

Ron
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#138  
Hi Ron, The ALTAIR heads are designed to be part of a complete full robot and not meant to work on their own, so they are not the right thing for your application. I know you will have to wait a bit, but Will's ALAN looks to be a great robotic head platform to work with. Wishing you all the best with your project, it sounds exciting.

Tony
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#140  
The ALTAIR robots now have in-built high accuracy Face recognition/Gesture/Emotion/Gender/Age estimation detection.

Tony

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#142  
Man, that's a lot of magic packed into a little head. I'd love to see this wonder movie around in person.
Thanks for sharing this with us Tony! Good to hear from you again.
#143  
Awesome work Tony!
I would still love to have one of your robots!;)
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#144  
Thanks David C, Dave S, Steve, I am still around!

Tony
#145  
@Tonymaker:

Nice work!

you have two cameras, i presume the reason is different hardware sensors, otherwise one single camera could feed multiple functionalities.

thermal sensor, is an array sensor (how many cells) or a single cell ?

left & right PIR ... is it like an eye in back of the head:)




Cheers.
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#146  
Both cameras are needed as they have different unique functions.

The thermal sensor has 9 pixels 8 for thermal data and 1 that gives the ambient temp in front of the robot.

The PIRs let the EZ:1 sense humans on the left or right hand side it also measures the amount of movement each side so it gets a rough idea of how many people (if any) that are on each side. The sound localization works similar and lets the robot know what direction the sound/speech is coming from so it can face it and analyse what is the source.

With these systems the EZ:1 can decide which is the most interesting side to next look at.

Tony
#147  
This looks so awesome. Is it available is the US?
#148  
I agree with Dave, that is a lot of magic packed into one very head!

Tony, I'd love to hear about the PIR sensors you are using and how you control them and filter their reading? The PIR sensors I have give either a high-low output values for movement or no movement and usually trigger for just about anything moving, including the robot.
#149  
@Toymaker, very nice. I thought you had already released your robot to the public? Anyway love the head setup!

Could I ask how the sound localization mic's work? I remember sometime back someone had wrote a script to use two microphones, which I was never able to get it to work correctly. It would be great for it to work like the old R2-D2 thanks.
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#150  
I use these Panasonic sensors they do require a few external components.

uk.farnell.com/panasonic-electric-works/amn31112j/sensor-motion-5m-100-82-white/dp/1373711

The head sensor PIC looks at the PIRs outputs pulse length/repetitions and can then estimate how much human activity is occurring each side. All head sensory data is compressed into a data packet and sent to the v4 which is the master controller.

On sound localization I use a cross-correlation function that is quite complicated and requires a dedicated microcontroller - it can track sound with an accuracy of around 5 degrees in front and 9 degrees sides.

Tony
#151  
Thanks Tony, did you R&D the sound localization yourself, do you sell them or is there a supplier that retails these sound localizers.

I would love to us it in my Inmoov.

Thanks
Brazil
#152  
Hi.. simple question.
Is it for sale?
If so, where and how much it would cost one unit?
Thanks!
#153  
Is this robot available in the US? I've seen a couple of comments about it, but none answered. My son is home schooled with high functioning Asberger's (just a sub-type of Autism) as search we do robots once a week. Something like this (or been thinking maybe a inmoov build) could be great thus the reason I'm asking about availability in the US. Thanks!