Ever want a robot friend that you can control like a puppet? The Emotive Robotic Avatar is a puppet that actually conveys the emotions that are controlled by its operator from its command center. It uses a wide range and combination of eye expressions, antenna movements and colors, body language, and the digitally modified voice of the robotic avatars operator. The robotic avatar can express five feelings–happy, confused, angry, sad, and embarrassed. The puppet has an integrated stand in which it stands and inside that stand there are 19 motors that control the puppet’s realistic animated movements. The robotic avatar is remotely controlled by an included tablet PC from up to 30′ away.
Owners adjust the emotions of the puppet by tapping the tablet’s screen with a stylus–perky antennae, fully bright green eyes, and an upright torso imply happiness, while drooping antennae, half-filled blue-colored eyes, and a slumped torso and a downturned head convey sadness. A microphone and pinhole camera allows an operator to see and hear what the puppet observes through the PC’s screen and a headset. Real-time responses to questions are modulated by the included digital stereo processor which pitch-shifts the operator’s voice, played through two speakers built into the stage while the puppet’s mouth moves. Made from an aluminum skeleton with a 3D-printed ABS plastic shell, the puppet has 18 multicolored LEDs in each eye and one multicolored LED in each antenna.