TOPIO

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TOPIO ("TOSY Ping Pong Playing Robot") is a bipedal humanoid robot designed to play table tennis against a human being. It has been developed since 2005 by TOSY, a robotics firm in Vietnam. It was publicly demonstrated at the Tokyo International Robot Exhibition (IREX) on November 28, 2007.[1] TOPIO 3.0 (the latest version of TOPIO) stands approximately 1.88 m (6' 2") tall and weighs 120 kg (264 lbs).[2] Every TOPIO uses an advanced artificial intelligence system to learn and continuously improve its skill level while playing.[3]

TOPIO 3.0 at IREX 2009.

Development history[edit]

Time Place Event Notes
November, 2005 TOSY Robotics Project TOPIO was started
July, 2007 TOSY Robotics First experiment version of TOPIO demonstrated 8 degrees of freedom, 1 leg, hydraulic system
28 November 2007 Tokyo International Robot Exhibition, Japan TOPIO 1.0 publicly demonstrated 20 degrees of freedom, 6 legs, hydraulic system
5 February, 2009 Nuremberg International Toy Fair, Germany TOPIO 2.0 publicly demonstrated 42 degrees of freedom, 2 legs, DC servo motors
25 November 2009 Tokyo International Robot Exhibition, Japan TOPIO 3.0 publicly demonstrated 39 degrees of freedom, 2 legs, Brushless DC servo motors
4-9 February 2010 Nuremberg International Toy Fair, Germany TOPIO 3.0 publicly demonstrated 39 degrees of freedom, 2 legs, Brushless DC servo motors
8-11 June 2010 AUTOMATICA URBUTT, Germany TOPIO 3.0 publicly demonstrated 39 degrees of freedom, 2 legs, Brushless DC servo motors

Specifications[edit]

TOPIO 1.0 demonstrated at Tokyo International Robot Exhibition 2007
TOPIO 1.0 TOPIO 2.0 TOPIO 3.0
Height 185 cm 215 cm 188 cm
Mass 300 kg 60 kg 120 kg
Power supply Hydraulic Li-Po battery, 48V 20AH Li-Po battery, 48V 20AH
Actuator Hydraulic cylinder DC Servo Motor Brushless DC Servo Motor
Legs 6 2 2
High speed camera 2 2 2
Continuous shots 6 5 10
Degrees of freedom 20
Two in the head
Six in each arm
One in each leg (6 legs)


42
Three in the head
Seven in each arm
Six in each leg (2 legs)
Three in the torso
Five in each hand
39
Two in the head
Seven in each arm
Six in each leg (2 legs)
One in the torso
Five in each hand

Technologies[edit]

  • Recognition of fast moving objects
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Low Inertia mechanical system
  • Fast and accurate movement control
  • Balanced bipedal walking

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TOSY TOPIO - Table Tennis Playing Robot". DigInfo News. 5 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  2. ^ "TOPIO 3.0 at Tokyo International Robot Exhibition 2009.". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-11-27. [dead link]
  3. ^ TOSY TOPIO - Table Tennis Playing Robot DigInfo TV, 5 December 2007

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