French artist Gael Langevin is building an open source life-size robot that people can 3D print at home. ‘InMoov‘ is a humanoid robot and it’s individual parts can all be printed using an inexpensive machine.
As Langevin completes each section of the robot, he posts the designs on Thingiverse for anyone else to create their own identical robot for under $1,000 with ABS plastic, Arduino boards, and motors. He also has an online log with instructions for building the robot.
CNN reports that InMoov is a work-in-progress, which Langevin has been developing in his spare time. It currently has a head, arms, hands, and a torso. He told them:
It’s about as difficult as assembling a cupboard from IKEA… I’ve also posted some programming instructions — so you can make it respond to voice-activated commands. It can grab hold of things, tilt its head and move its arms around in various ways … and when I get around to building some legs, that’s when things will get really interesting.
You can see the robot in action in the video below: