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C-3PO’s three foot high grandfather may be built at RIT

The school semester is winding down at local colleges and summer vacation is upon is, making this blogger’s life a whole lot harder. But before they locked up at RIT, they gave us one last nugget of awesomeness: that a new project aimed at creating an autonomous humanoid robot (automaton, if you like. Or android) will be housed on the RIT campus.

TigerBot is a 31″ high automaton built to scale of a human model. Its original intent was to design for robot-wonky things like collision-avoidance, wireless and voice control and interactivity, but the lead professor says it’s usefulness has gone well beyond that. In fact, the plan is to have TigerBot – or some derivation of – guide students through tours of the campus in years to come.

They consider TigerBot to be a “platform,” meaning that successive RIT robotics students will continue to expand on the original idea. Professor Sahin plans to have the robot completed in three years.

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.