iPAL® Robot

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iPAL® Robot

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Categories it falls under:

  • Robot
  • Robotics
  • Humanoid
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Robot elderly care
  • Robot companion
  • Robotics education
  • Robots for sale
  • Humanoids for sale
  • Robotics software for developers

iPAL Robot®

About

iPAL is AvatarMind’s playful, affordable humanoid robot that serves as a social companion, educator and safety monitor for children, as well as elder adults. It also has many other applications in specialty care, educational and commercial settings. iPAL is designed to supplement the work of parents, educators, caregivers and people in other capacities to extend their reach and positive impact.

Potential applications of iPal include:

  • Children’s education at home and in school
  • Elder companionship and care
  • A companion/therapist for children with special needs such as Autism
  • A helper/educator in schools to support teachers and provide more on-to-one interaction for children
  • Sales initiator in retail stores and receptionist in businesses of all kind​s
  • Teach children to program robots, open platform software allows children to add new movements for iPAL.

iPAL Technology

iPAL is a fully functional humanoid robot with a friendly, playful demeanor. iPAL runs on the Android operating system with extensions for motion, sensor and natural language conversation. Standard Android apps which are approved for use with children will also run on the screen on iPAL‘s chest. iPAL‘s many motors provide locomotion and multiple ranges of motion for iPAL‘s head and arms.

iPAL includes multiple infrared and ultrasound sensors for object detection and avoidance to ensure safe human interaction. We even included a few tactile sensors so  iPAL knows when it is being tickled or patted on the head.  iPAL‘s many features and capabilities encourage physical activity and enable people to stay connected with their friends and the world.

Safety Considerations of iPal

Each of iPAL‘s joints are fully enclosed so that there are no pinch points and the exterior is made of a child-safe, nontoxic ABS, the same material used in many plastic toys. The base houses the iPAL battery, which provides a low center of gravity to discourage tipping over.  iPAL includes numerous sensors to detect and avoid nearby objects. Only those with secure access to the  iPAL‘s app can initiate remote control or audio/video monitoring or recording with iPAL‘s camera and microphones, and all recorded data in encrypted form. The App store will be restricted to content that is age appropriate for children.
Each of iPAL‘s joints are fully enclosed so that there are no pinch points and the exterior is made of a child-safe, nontoxic ABS, the same material used in many plastic toys. The base houses the iPAL battery, which provides a low center of gravity to discourage tipping over.  iPAL includes numerous sensors to detect and avoid nearby objects. Only those with secure access to the  iPAL‘s app can initiate remote control or audio/video monitoring or recording with iPAL‘s camera and microphones, and all recorded data in encrypted form. The App store will be restricted to content that is age appropriate for children.

iPAL has multiple microphones, infrared sensors, ultrasound sensors, touch sensors, cameras, etc. Here are some examples:

  • A 5 microphone cluster enables detection of the direction the sound comes from
  • 3 infrared sensors for short range object detection
  • 5 ultrasound sensors for longer range object detection
  • 5 touch sensors on skin to enable iPAL to respond to touch in various ways

** iPAL Robot moves on wheels firstly because a walking robot is much more complex and expensive. Second, it is less stable and hence less safe for children.

** Currently, iPAL cannot grasp and pick up objects, although this is a possibility for the future. Adding this feature would make iPAL significantly more costly and complex.

See iPAL Robot

It sings and dances for fun, and provides lessons and stories for education.