About the RobotSalvius is an open-source humanoid robot designed to be able to perform a wide range of tasks by having a body structure that is similar to human beings. Salvius is the first open source humanoid robot to be built in the United States. Being open source means that all of the robot's source code is freely available.
About the Name
The name 'Salvius' is a bit unconventional for a robot. I chose it because it is an unconventional name for a robot and it fit the robot's unique character. The name itself dates back to the time of the ancient Romans, but it seems fitting because so much of the robot has been salvaged from old electronics and repurposed materials. The goal for this robot is to use recycling to make it as affordable to build as possible.
Purpose for Building this Robot:The primary goal for Salvius is to create a humanoid robot that will be able to function dynamically in a domestic environment. Salvius is made from the best materials that I have found to be readily available. This has greatly reduced the cost of building the robot.
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 both robots are completely incapable of doing anything other than what they were designed to do. Humanoid robots can conduct a wide variety of actions just like regular humans and this gives them a huge advantage when it comes to conducting more complex tasks.
How Salvius Works
Salvius has a built-in wireless router and is designed to allow anyone with the correct password to login to the robot and control in manually via a graphic interface. Since the software is installed on the robot, all the user needs is a computer with a working internet connection and a browser. More advanced users can login and write more complex programs using ssh.
Experimental Components & Future Upgrades:
- Decreasing the robot's weight without compromising structural integrity.
- Self managed power supply (robot seeks a place to recharge when its battery gets low).
- Ability to diagnose and make self repairs.
- Eventually I would like to experiment with options for power sources for the robot.
- Addition of the following sensors and tools:
- current detector
- barometric pressure sensor
- radiation (Geiger counter)
- metal detector
- compass / magnetic field