Japanese researcher Hideki Kozima developed the “Keepon Interaction Robot”, which boasts “two color cameras, a microphone and an amazing range of motion.” Continue reading for a video.
Keepon has a yellow snowman-like body. The upper part (the “head”) has two eyes, each of which is a color CCD camera with a wide-angle lens (120 degrees horizontally), and a nose, which is actually a microphone. The lower part (the “belly”) has a small gimbal and four wires, by which the body is manipulated like a marionette; four motors and two circuit boards (a PID controller and a motor driver) are installed in the black cylinder. Since the body is made of silicone rubber and its inside is relatively hollow, Keepon’s head and belly deform whenever it changes posture and when someone touches it