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 kinds
- Teach children to program robots, open platform software allows children to add new movements for iPAL.
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
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.