built by Mike Otis

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Target Environment Locomotion Method
Indoors 2 Legs
Sensors / Input Devices Actuators / Output Devices
Mercury inclinometer
IR sensors
6 hobby servos
SPO256 speech synthesizer chip
Control Method Power Source
Autonomous Battery
CPU Type Operating System
BASIC Stamp homebrew
Programming Lanuage Weight
BASIC one pound
Time to build Cost to build
2 years about $500
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MANaTRON humanoid is an autonomous biped robot that accomplishes a lot with only 6 servos - walk, talk, see, balance, dance, and Tai Chi Martial Arts. Its success is due to a handful of networked Basic Stamp computers and a very light weight metal exoskeleton.

A programmable robotic voice, based on a 1970s SPO256 speech synthesizer chip and a custom language core, forms speech in 6 languages. MANaTRON has motion controlled feet, legs, arms, torso, and head.

Rechargeable 9-volt and AA Batteries distributed throughout the body maintain center of gravity. Parts are from various sources - kitchen tin cans, materials from the Republic of China, and a Toddler robot kit.

Four added motions are accomplished with a mechanical mobility core. A miniature mercury inclinometer improves walking on inclined surfaces.

Programming software is uploaded to BS2s with a portable Apple Macintosh iBook computer running OSX and MACBS2. The humanoid has its own unique OS for extended capability.

MANaTRON is the latest (number five) in a family of robots, and the first biped humanoid in this series. There were ten variations of MANaTRON named Primary Tertiary Adjunct (1 to 10) of ten.

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