Baby Yoda has been a hit character in Disney’s The Mandalorian, but does not actually exist in real life as far as we know. Instead, [Manuel Ahumada] set about building a robotic replica, complete with artificial intelligence. (Video, embedded below.)
The first step was to build a basic robotic simulcra of Baby Yoda, which [Manuel] achieved by outfitting a toy with servos, motors and a Raspberry Pi. With everything hooked up, Baby Yoda was able to move his head and arms, and scoot around on wheels, all under the control of a Bluetooth gamepad. With that sorted, [Manuel] added brains in the form of a smartphone running Intel’s OpenBot machine learning platform. This allows Baby Yoda to track and follow people it sees on its smartphone camera, and potentially even navigate real-world spaces with future upgrades.
It’s a fun build, and we’d love to see the bot let loose at a convention to explore and make friends. We’ve covered OpenBot before, and look forward to seeing it used in more builds. Video after the break.
6 thoughts on “Baby Yoda Becomes Personable Robot”
Shaved the hair off of a Furby?
Very nice, and Baby Yoda even acts like a child, walking around while “playing” with his phone :)
Horrible !!! Doesnt make yoda noises or open close his eyes or move his ears!!! Should have just left him the way he was !!
Offended am I becoming…..resembles me not.
(Don’t tell me you didn’t hear his voice in your head.)
Hurts my eyes, it does. Example of shit kickin Nerfhearder in dictionary pictured it is. If was of grade school hacker acceptable might be. Bloat phone and or slow help it not. Pi used for what exactly know not.
I really love the idea!
Would I do things differently? of course, but I love that he had the idea and actually brought it to fruition (as opposed to my box of “good projects” i havent finished). Interesting to see his methods and thoughts.
My Compliments to him!
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