Maki is a friendly humanoid robot that can be 3D printed using any home desktop 3D printer. This Kickstarter project is from Hello Robo, who want to make personal robotics more accessible and affordable for all.
Maki uses open source software and is built for around $500, which is much less than would be possible using proprietary systems, making it ideal for hobbyists and students. As Maki’s parts are 3D printed and makes use of readily available electronics it saves time and money in creating prototypes. Without needed to develop a useful robot from scratch Hello Robo say this will give robo-enthusiasts more time developing their applications.
Hello Robo spent a lot of time developing Maki specially for 3D printing with special attention placed with the shape, printing orientation of each part and minimizing warping in the parts. They used a RapMan 3.2 3D printer for their development, but as long as your printer has a build size of at least 150mm x 150mm x 150mm you will be able to create your own Maki robot.
MAKI has a moving head, eyelids and webcam eyes that, if plugged into your PC, can track objects, recognize faces and provide additional intelligence. Motion is controlled by six robot actuators and an Arbotix Robocontroller, but it’s also compatible with control software such as ROS, Pypose and RoboRealm. Check out the video, below, for more.