CHARLI (Cognitive Humanoid Autonomous Robot with Learning Intelligence) is the first untethered, autonomous, full-sized, walking, humanoid robot with four moving limbs and a head, built in the United States. He can talk and is learning to play soccer at the Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMela) at Virginia Tech.
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Virginia Tech engineering students build CHARLI, a full-sized humanoid robot
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By the numbers: CHARLI
- 1.5: Years in physical development
- 4.7: Height in feet
- 27: Weight in pounds
- 29: Total motors in arms, legs, and head (not counting hands, now in development)
- 276: Parts
- 16: Number of undergraduate and graduate students involved
- 20: Dollar amount won by Dennis Hong in a bet with Derek Lahr. over who would walk first, CHARLI or Hong's son, Ethan. Hong's young child bested CHARLI.
All in the family
CHARLI is one of many autonomous robots built by Dennis Hong and his students at the Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory. Some of his older brothers and sisters and gadgets include:
- DARwIn: A fourth-generation autonomous, humanoid robot best known internationally as a RoboCup star;
- RAPHaEL: A robotic hand with possible military applications, operated by a compressed air tank;
- STriDER: A three-legged walking machine that improves on a classic “War of the Worlds” concept, but with peace in mind; and
- IMPASS: An autonomous high-mobility locomotion platform that can mount nearly any surface, no matter the terrain, using retractable spokes.