“I chose the InMoov because it is the best 3D printable humanoid robot available” – Kevon Kelly.
The InMoov, a 3D printable humanoid robot, has captured the world’s attention. But a UK student is jump-starting the evolution of InMoov’s operation.
Kevon Kelly, now a Masters student at the University of Birmingham, created an InMoov robot as an undergraduate in Coventry University’s Mechanical Engineering program. Kelly adopted the project to research robotic perception and interaction, “as this is one of the pivotal areas in robotics.” Through his time as a robotics student, he plans to give life to his InMoov robot using ROS (Robot Operating System).
Kelly is implementing a more advanced operating system into the InMoov robot, which would create more complex operations such as facial recognition, localisation, speech recognition, and navigation. “This would be quite complex and something the community of InMoov builders have been planning to do since the beginning,” he says.
“I came to realise how primitive the field of robotics is and also the wealth of potential in which it possesses,” says Kelly.
Kelly compares the field of robotics to the early days of computers: “impressive, but still a lot of work required to reach their full potential.” Kelly has found that the rapid pace of growth in robotics creates a perfect opportunity for curious students to enter the industry.
Kelly’s advice for students entering the field is to take on big projects that force you to learn mechanical, electrical, and coding aspects. “Creating a robot like the InMoov is great if you would like to be multi-disciplined, or just have an understanding of how a mechanical or electrical system works, as they work in pairs in most projects,” he says.