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|Target Environment||Locomotion Method|
|Sensors / Input Devices||Actuators / Output Devices|
|6 hobby servos
SPO256 speech synthesizer chip
|Control Method||Power Source|
|CPU Type||Operating System|
|Time to build||Cost to build|
|2 years||about $500|
|URL for more information|
|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.