Frequently Asked Questions

Will the robot have realistic genitalia?

I am leaning more toward the Barbie and Ken doll approach to this. I want the robot to be rated G and able to be worked on in front of people of any age even without it being clothed. Plus, if it had realistic genitalia, that could overshadow the serious scientific and technological nature of the project.

Do you have a job outside of this?

Yes, I'm a solopreneur and this is one of my 3 companies. I prefer not to divulge those companies as I don't want to disclose information that can lead to knowing my home address (don't want to be pranked or abducted or robbed or w/e).

How long do you think this project is going to take?

I anticipate that the building of the robot will take 10 years and that the coding of all of the advanced A.I. and capabilities will take another 20 years.

How much money do you think this project will cost?

I anticipate the build will cost me between $20,000 and $30,000 in raw materials. The rest of the cost is my time and opportunity cost. However, I think those will be VERY well compensated for before this project is through!

Don't you want a team of people to help?

No I prefer to remain solo at least for this first robot build because I think that is what makes this project special and makes it stand out. It is far more impressive and inspiring for one person to pull off a project of this magnitude than for a large team of scientists to pull off the same feat. By remaining solo, I believe more people will take an interest and this will make the project and the growth of the fans of the project a greater success overall.

Why do you want to build a robot?

I have been fascinated with robotics and automation since I first started hearing about advanced robotics in my college years. Since then, robotics have continued to grow in our pop culture and in complexity. They have so many incredible robotics videos on Youtube and on movies these days that I got really inspired and decided to finally make my dream of building a robot a reality!

What is the exoskeleton mesh for?

The exoskeleton mesh defines the shape of the muscles of the body and will be used as a framework onto which the realistic silicone skin will be built. The hollow area formed by the exoskeleton will be where I will locate all of the electronics, motors, and tendon pulley systems. I create the mesh prior to setting up the bones and electronics in order to have a detailed volume defined beforehand which enables me to decide where to locate the various components so that they will fit appropriately. The mesh will also be designed to deform, rotate, twist, bulge, and extend in a fashion that simulates the movements of muscle beneath the skin. This will make the robot appear to have muscles working inside of it!

Will it be battery powered?

Yes. It will use LiFe batteries. That said, I'm aiming to have most of the robot's run-time be based on direct feed from a wall electrical outlet. My plan is to have him always plugged in unless he is switching to a new room/electrical outlet in which case he will unplug his main power cable from the wall, walk to the next room/outlet, plug his main power cord into that new outlet and proceed with his business.

Will it use Raspberry Pi or Pickaxe?

I am not planning to use Rasberry Pi or Pickaxe. I'm planning to use a full blown proper pc processor like a Intel i7 processor. I'm planning to use a laptop, mini fanless pc, or tablet to be the "brains" running the main software engine in the chest of the robot. This will then interface by USB with a series of Arduinos and servomotor controller boards.

What programming language will you use?

I am planning to use C++ to code the bot.

Do You have any programming experience?

As a matter of fact I do! I have done some very large, complex, software systems development in C++ for non-related projects and a lot of what I learned while doing that will cross over nicely into this project. I have also created pixel scan image recognition algorithms in the past so implementing "computer vision" will be just a matter of copy and paste as well as some additional improvements to my existing vision system. I have also toyed some with artificial intelligence.

Are you not concerned the robot will try to kill you and take over the world?

I'm not concerned about that because that would require true artificial intelligence, ie "The Singularity". The singularity does not currently exist and may never exist. Machines gaining "consciousness" would be a truly spectacular feat of programming that would require a deep understanding of how the human mind works, which nobody currently has or else we would have The Singularity by now - and we don't have it. I did attempt to figure out how to make a machine that could learn and reprogram itself, however, my delvings and ponderings into this subject matter kept hitting dead ends and kept leading to profound questions for which I could not surmise answers.

What kind of servos will it use?

For large muscle power, it will use custom servos built from DeWalt drill motors.

For medium muscle power, it will use MG996R servo motors which will be customized - can also group these to have multiple servos actuating a single joint via multiple "tendons".

For small muscle power, SG90 micro servos - for low torque stuff like facial expressions and fingertips.

What kind of sensors?

Sonar, webcam eyes, pressure sensors (aka strain gauges), gyro-meters, accelerometers.

Will it have ai?

Yes, I will be programming on live-stream the entire ai engine myself and the ai will be the most extensive and time consuming part of the project.

Will it have true ai?

True ai or "consciousness" does not currently exist IRL and if it did, it would become "The Singularity". That's a scary thing and I do not plan to create that. But who knows maybe I will on accident and the robot will kill me and proceed to take over the world :(

How will it balance?

The balance is primarily a sensor, programming, and servo coordination challenge and will be a very challenging and FUN thing for me to take on. I simply CANNOT WAIT! But to explain this in depth would take a 50 page essay lol...

How will the joints be actuated?

The joints will be actuated through a tendon based system powered by servos and a complex pulley system.

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