Gunther Cox About Salvius

About Salvius

Salvius is a robot made out of recycled materials and designed to be able to perform a wide range of tasks by having a body structure that is similar to that of a human. The primary goal for Salvius is to create a humanoid robot that will be able to function dynamically in a domestic environment. To date, Salvius is undisputed as the first open-source humanoid robot to be built in the United States.

Open Source

Salvius is a part of the open source movement which means that all of the robot's source code is freely available for others to use. There are many advantages to creating open source software such as allowing any problems that arise to be quickly addressed by a community of developers. Another advantage is that anyone can look at the code to learn how it works and this project is meant to enable people to pursue learning in robotics.

The name 'Salvius' is a bit unconventional for a robot. However, this unconventional name fits the robot's unique character. The name itself dates back to the time of the ancient Romans, but it is also a bit of a portmanteau of the word "salvaged". Names have a great deal of importance in this project. Salvius is tattooed with the names of the individuals and businesses that have contributed to this project so far.


I envisioned schools and other organizations that have a limited budget using my designs to build their own robot. My goal is to design an advanced robotic platform in such a way that anyone could build one. Salvius is made from the best materials that I have found to be readily available. By recycling parts I have been able to greatly reduced the cost of this project.

So why did I choose to build a humanoid robot? Robots are often victims of specialization. There are tons of incredibly successful robots such as the Roomba vacuum robot or the Jeopardy playing robot named Watson. These robots perform better than all others at a specific task but they are completely incapable of doing anything other than what they were designed to do. Humanoid robots can conduct a wide range of actions and this gives them a huge advantage when it comes to conducting more complex tasks.

Software Design

Salvius has an API which allows users to send and retrieve data from the robot. When the robot's wireless connection is turned on, users can use the pre-build web interface to see exactly what the robot is seeing and to direct it's actions accordingly. Since all the software is installed on the robot the user only needs a device with a working internet connection and a browser.

  • 6 Height (ft):
  • 164 Weight (lbs):
  • 24 DOF:
  • 1.2 Battery (hrs):
  • Biped Modality:
  • Autonomous Wireless Control:
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