First Full-sized Humanoid To Be Developed In The USA

First Full-sized Humanoid To Be Developed In The USA

Posted On: April 27, 2010
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CHARLI-Light (Cognitive Humanoid Autonomous Robot with Learning Intelligence) was a development project being researched by RoMeLa at Virgina Technical Institute. The Light part is the version of the robot. The other version is the CHARLI-Heavy in which there are more sophisticated parts attached to the robot. The CHARLI-Heavy is geared more toward the educational side.

The purpose of the robot was to learn about how humans walk, balance, and do everything we do so well, but later on they decided to enter it into the Fullscale Humanoid sector of The Robocup. Another reason for the development of the robot is to create more human-robot interactions, which will serve well when robots serve us, or when we serve robots. Charli-Light weighs 12.5kg (27.5 lbs) at a height of about 135cm (4′5″) tall. Charli-Heavy is still in working.