I am very sure that many of us always wanted to create a robot all by ourselves when we were kids. We could teach that Robot to be the best friend we always wanted, or perhaps the ambition was targeted toward having a robot that could do your homework correctly. But of course, most of us didn’t know where to even start with all this. Thankfully, that was then, and this is now, for a Chinese company based in Taiwan called NUWA Robotics has done exactly that. They have created a cute little robot companion who is, in my opinion, the cutest little thing to have. I have seen some pictures, and I have to say, I really would love to have one for myself. This little bundle of joy is called RobotCreator DX, which operates on a user-friendly programming platform, making it easy to program for unique functions which set your robot companion apart from the rest.
Introduction to RobotCreator DX Robotics Kit
This product is currently gathering funds via crowdfunding on Kickstarter. This comes in a do-it-yourself form of a kit, which definitely appeals to people who have dreamt of creating their own Robot. The article itself comes with over one hundred elements that can be assembled, which comprises around 6 speakers, close to a dozen servos, and an LCD screen spanning 7 inches for the head of the Robot. Of course, the entire kit comes together with the tools necessary to put it all together. This product also comes with optional extras in the form of additional shields, badges, and other accessories with which you can make your Robot truly unique.
When the assembly process reaches completion, the finished product has dimensions of 12.5 x 12 x 6.5 in or 318 x 30 x 166 mm and has a combined weight of 5.5 lbs or 2.5 kg. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this Robot is run by a processing chip. To be more specific, it runs upon a Qualcomm octa-core chip and is powered by a 9100 mAh battery (this is more powerful than my own mobile phone! And that is top of the line, too!).
After the assembly is done, the owner will have to go ahead and enter a cloud software known as RoFlow WorkFlow. Using this, one can easily program their Robot and have them acknowledge certain commands of their choice, host video meetings with it, indulge in interactive games with it, and a whole lot more.
Coding is not at all needed with this product, as it comes pre-coded to understand gestures explained to it with the corresponding basic action it is supposed to do. There does come a slight drawback, however. While the basic functions might be free, for the advanced functions, one has to purchase a Plus plan to unlock them.
Then there are, of course, people who prefer to do their own coding. For those people, the NUWA has integrated a block system coding tool into the Robot itself. This can be accessed through a computer or even your smartphone.
This cute little Robot is able to communicate with people through physical motions, voice chats, images, and videos through the Trainkit chatbot dialogue designing tool. A content editor also exists with the purpose of programming the Robot to be able to move and express itself, and there is a skin editor that does the job of creating multiple facial expressions for the Robot with the help of templates or through photoshop.
The people who program their DX have the choice of sharing their codes, games, designs, and other important resources with other users of this product globally. NUWA Robotics has put up this project on Kickstarter so that this operation can reach the production and distribution phase. The donations start from $599, and at the rate at which there is a healthy stream of money, the distribution of the product is to begin at any time now.
Perhaps if the listing of features is a little confusing up there, then here is a conclusive list of features this small package of big surprises has to offer:
Sound-related features of RobotCreator DX Robotics Kit
- Comes equipped with 55mm bass speakers for enhanced sound quality.
- Comes equipped with a Hexa microphone setup which helps record audio commands in a crisp, clear manner.
- Comes includes language understanding, orientation functions, and voice activation.
Lighting and Imagery related features of RobotCreator DX Robotics Kit
- Comes equipped with a 7-inch multi-touch display screen for easy viewing.
- Comes equipped with LEDs in the body, arms, and face in RGB format.
- Comes equipped with cast screen services for added convenience.
Movement-related features of RobotCreator DX Robotics Kit
- Comes equipped with a library exclusively dedicated to movements, with over 500 free movements to work with.
- Comes equipped with a move recording system for easily conducting choreography.
- A bundle of servomotors allows for free unrestricted movement.
Sensor-related features of RobotCreator DX Robotics Kit
- Comes equipped with touch sensors on the abdomen, head, and palms.
- Comes equipped with a 5-megapixel camera.
- Comes equipped with Infrared vision.
- Comes equipped with a Hexa microphone setup.
- Comes equipped with detectors to prevent it from falling.
- Comes equipped with a PIR detector.
AI-related features of RobotCreator DX Robotics Kit
- Comes equipped with TTS speech synthesis.
- It can easily recognize up to 50 different human faces.
- Comes equipped with NLP (Natural Language Processing).
- Can easily recognize up to 300 different objects.
- Comes equipped with ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition).
Action-related features of RobotCreator DX Robotics Kit
- Can easily replicate complicated body movements and expressions.
- Can easily learn natural speech, which allows the users to create their own unique dialogues for the Robot.
- It can easily detect the user and begin interactions.
All in all, this is absolutely a wonderful product to go for, as one is bound to have tons of fun with it, and not only that but you are bound to have a mechanical companion for the times to come. And honestly? I find it to be a wonderful thing. With the pricing being reasonable for the features and the experience it has to offer, I think it is bound to be a huge success in the market, and given that AI is openly being accepted in today’s world, this is the perfect time for a product like this.