The Poppy project
Poppy is an open-source platform for the creation, use and sharing of interactive robotic objects. It addresses both beginners and experts in the fields of education, science, art, more generally makers. The Poppy platform has been designed as a learning tool to create and share ideas on digital technologies.
The Poppy technology consists of open-source hardware models (CC-BY-SA), an open-source software library named Pypot based on the Python language, and finally a community website where everyone can access the documentation , tutorials, software and simulators, and contribute to improvements of the platform: http://www.poppy-project.org.
Poppy is a platform to create any kind of creatures and other robots. To date, the founders of the Poppy project propose three creatures but you can also design your own robot using this platform. The three creatures are:
- Poppy Humanoid
- Poppy Torso
- Poppy Ergo Jr (designed as an educational robot for middle and high school than as a research platform)
The Poppy ecosystem, originally developed by the FLOWERS team of French lab INRIA was transferred in 2018 to the association Poppy Station.
Generation Robots, historical distributor of the Poppy robots, is founder partner of Poppy Station.
The Poppy Humanoid robot
This is the iconic robot of the Poppy platform, one that was made first. This humanoid robot is 85 cm high and is formed using 3D printed parts, Dynamixel actuators and various electronic materials.
The robot is open source for both hardware and software. It is possible to design variations and develop according to your needs whether scientific, educational or artistic. The following two videos show the Poppy robot.
Poppy for education
The Poppy project aims to enable everyone to understand and participate in the creation of the digital world around us. The Poppy robot is a tool of choice for educators and teachers. It has been successfully used in high schools and engineering schools. The students, organized in groups, focus on specific goals (design of a new mechanical part, the construction of a leg, adding Arduino sensors, programming of a specific behavior ...). Then in a second step, in an integrative and collaborative process, they share skills and enrich each other.
Poppy for makers and the DIY community
Poppy robot is particularly suited to organizations promoting science and DIY such as FabLabs. Everyone can participate by sharing ideas, creations or even participating on the discussion platform: https://forum.poppy-project.org.
The Poppy robot for research
Using the Poppy platform you'll be able to share code and new robot design. The Poppy platform was designed to allow researchers to reproduce and share the results of another laboratory. In particular, the Poppy Humanoid robot, due to its modularity, can test several design as discussed in this article. The following video demonstrates how Poppy opens scientific possibilities to explore the mechanisms of learning and development:
The Poppy technology
In addition to traditional programming in Python, it is possible to program the robot trough wifi from a simple Web browser via IPython.
Technical specifications of Poppy Humanoid
Poppy Humanoid robot is 85cm high and is particularly lightweight (3.5kg). This robot has 25 degrees of freedom, and above all assets, one of its original features, is to have a multi-articulated trunk with 5 degrees of freedom.
It has a Raspberry Pi 3 model B+ board in the head, to run your programs and communicate through WiFi and Ethernet. A camera located in the head can be used for artificial vision.
Materials contained in the Poppy Humanoid Robot
Poppy Humanoid robot comes unassembled. You'll find online video tutorials to assemble Poppy Humanoid. Please note that these videos are based on Odroid version of the robot, with Odroid XU4 board, instead of Raspberry. This previous version is no longer for sale. The assembly mostly differs for the head and connections to the board.