The Android OS is going places. And now, just as its name suggests, it has gone into a robot. This Android robot was showcased as the world’s first life-size robot which runs on Android. Wearing the typical green suit, the almost 4 feet tall robot can walk on its two legs and can move its hands and head within 15 degrees of freedom. The round head opens up to reveal the onboard controller.
The Android RIC Robot technology demonstration really opens up the Android OS to the robotics community. The technology inside the robot is a proof of concept for the openness and flexibility of Google flagship mobile OS. The brain of the robot is in an Armadillo 500FX chipset installed with the Android operating system. An operator can control the robot remotely by sending signals over Wi-Fi from any Android capable device like a cellphone or a PDA. The 14 kg robot is stable enough to support a range of peripherals that can also include lights, sounds, music, sensors, actuators etc.