Poppy Torso is a variation of the Poppy Humanoid robot. It is an open-source humanoid robot torso which can be installed easily on tabletops. More affordable than the Poppy Humanoid, it is an ideal medium to learn science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Like Poppy Humanoid, Poppy Torso is an open-source robot (both hardware and software), using 3D printed parts and Dynamixel servomotors, known for their reliability.
The robot is attached to a suction pad with lever arm to ensure the utmost stability. The suction pad and the fastening nuts are included in the kit.
Poppy Torso can be programmed using web-visual programming tools such as Snap!, a variation of Scratch.
Snap! allows rich event-based concurrent programming. It also allows beginners to discover programming, or artists to program interactive behaviors.
Student project example
Beyond learning programming and mechatronics, Poppy Torso can be used in learning to design human-machine interaction, such as in assistive robotics projects. The Cherry Project is such a successful example, where a group of students explored how to use Poppy Torso to assist children in hospitals.