Iran’s Newest Robot Is an Adorable Dancing Humanoid

By IEEE Spectrum

July 14, 2017


Surena Mini robots

Researchers want to make the knee-high Surena Mini robot’s source code accessible to less experienced programmers.

Credit: University of Tehran

Researchers at the University of Tehran in Iran have developed Surena Mini, a small robot with a 3D-printed body, articulated limbs, and a round head with two camera-eyes. In addition, the humanoid robot has 20 small servomotors that power its arms, legs, and neck, which enable it to walk, gesture, and dance. “The main purpose of this robot is to provide researchers and students with a reliable robotic platform for educational and research applications,” says University of Tehran professor Aghil Yousefi-Koma.

Surena Mini is equipped with a compact computer, cameras and infrared sensors, speakers, and an inertial measurement unit. Although its hands are not designed for grasping objects, it can push or chop small objects.

Yousefi-Koma says one of the project’s biggest challenges was implementing features such as face detection and voice recognition, which would enable the robot to perform with a greater level of autonomy.

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