Designer shows off DIY robot A woman poses next to French designer Gael Langevin's InMoov robot after he unveiled it at a technology fair in Bucharest, Romania, Friday, May 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Designer shows off DIY robot
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A French designer has shown his humanoid DIY robot to the public for the first time.
 
The life-size plastic model responded to English-language commands, picking up and dropping a small ball and swiveling its head to follow people.
 
Designer Gael Langevin unveiled the robot at a technology fair in Romania. The idea developed from a prosthetics hand he made in 2011, the first-ever made on a 3-D printer. The robot is made with a 3-D printer and micro-cameras.
 
It is hoped the robot will be used to help children in schools and hospitals. If connected to the internet, it can answer a variety of questions taken from Wikipedia.
 
Langevin admits his model is not yet perfect. It is generically called InMoov.
 
"This is a little bit like Geppetto building Pinocchio. You make a robot and you send it in the world and you see what the others are going to do with it," he said.
 
Children visiting the fair seemed thrilled.
 
"He is awesome," said Adrian Margineanu, a student at Bucharest's elite St. Sava school. "I like it a lot. I'm tempted to make one."
 
For those who don't want to assemble it, InMoov offers a list of builders in different countries. Langevin estimates that more than 1,000 DIY robots have been made by people who followed his design.
 
His robot can be programmed to speak English, Spanish, French, Russian and Dutch.
 
Romanian graphic designer Paul Popescu, 35, has been assembling his own robot. He has plans to program it to speak Romanian.
 
A basic model costs about $1,665.

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COMMENTS (28)
  • mikaelb-kut
    6/06/2017 - 04:11 p.m.

    This story is very encouraging to young designers that want to invent something new. It show s how if you have an idea in your mind you should grab hold and work with what you got to make that idea a reality.

  • jasminea-kut
    6/06/2017 - 05:11 p.m.

    I think this is a really great robot because if someone in English wanted to buy this robot, it could say like "do you want me to get you this?" and it can do stuff for you, it can make your dinner it could do lots of things for you, like really anything! A really cool product! :)

  • camerons-kut
    6/06/2017 - 08:14 p.m.

    I think it is amazing to think the human race can make itself with a 3-D printer. Also, a robot can help people and maybe save peoples lives! the robot only cost $1,665, that might sound like a lot but i think it might be worth the cost to get a REAL ROBOT.

  • joes-kut
    6/06/2017 - 10:02 p.m.

    I liked the part where she mentioned that you can hire someone build it for you. I think this is good so that people who need help can get help or if someone is disabled they can have someone build it for them.

  • elianac-kut
    6/06/2017 - 10:28 p.m.

    It is so inspiring to hear that people like this is changing our way of technology.Because she is putting a even greater use to it. She used a 3D printer to make that robot head and could make things like legs or arms-for people who need/don't have them.

  • stephenj-kut
    6/07/2017 - 06:40 a.m.

    I think this is cool how they made a robot to help kids in school. I really think that in 10 years from now that they will be in a lot of schools and still helping out children

  • nicolasw-kut
    6/07/2017 - 07:56 a.m.

    now this is a crazy thing because if go's to a factory this could change the world.

  • vivienb-kut
    6/07/2017 - 07:57 a.m.

    I heard there is also a life like robot that was made in japan, this is amazing what is possible now!

  • kevina-kut
    6/07/2017 - 07:58 a.m.

    They use micro cameras because they connect with 3d printer.they also need it because they make prostitic hands.

  • vivienb-kut
    6/07/2017 - 07:59 a.m.

    I heard the was a life like robot made in japan controlled by remote, this is amazing what is possible now! MADE BY 3-D PRINTER! WOW!

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