CHARLI is an adult-size humanoid designed as a platform to study robot mobility and autonomy. It can walk, kick a ball, and change its posture to avoid falls if something (or someone) pushes on it.
- United States 🇺🇸
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CHARLI was modeled on the NS-5 robots from the film "I, Robot" and the industrial robots that appear in Bjork's 1999 "All Is Full of Love" video.
UCLA roboticist Dennis Hong, the creator of CHARLI, describes how the humanoid learned how to walk and became a robot soccer star.Photo: Dustin Fenstermacher/The Washington Post/Getty Images
Dennis Hong explains the main similarities and differences between CHARLI and other walking humanoids.Photo: RoMeLa
How do you take a humanoid robot on a plane? Dennis Hong describes his experiences going through airport security with CHARLI.Photo: RoMeLa
Modular, lightweight design. Capable of reacting to external disturbances using an active stabilization strategy.
- 20 cm
- 141 cm
- 48 cm
- 12.1 kg
- 1.4 km/h (walking)
Camera, three-axis rate gyro, three-axis accelerometer, two microphones, encoders in each joint.
32 DC motors
- Degrees of Freedom (DoF)
- 25 (Leg: 6 DoF x 2, Arm: 4 DoF x 2, Head: 2 DoF, Hand: 1 DoF x 2, Torso: 1 DoF)
Aluminum alloy, titanium, carbon-fiber composites, and plastics.
Single-board computer with 1.6 GHz Intel Atom CPU.
Ubuntu Linux OS and custom operation and control program coded in C++ (LabVIEW version also implemented).
14.8-V lithium-polymer battery for actuation and 11.1-V lithium-polymer battery for computing, 30 minutes of operation