MiRo-B – Developer Kit
MiRo – the social robot dog – has been developed to be an emotionally engaging and animal-like robot companion
MiRo was created by Consequential Robotics. Designed by the world renowned industrial designer Sebastian Conran, MiRo is a lovable platform with big potential.
MiRo is a fully programmable autonomous robot for researchers, educators, developers and healthcare professionals. With six senses, eight degrees of freedom, an innovative brain-inspired operating system and a simulation software package, MiRo is a flexible platform suited for developing companion robots.
The future social robots will share our personal space, interact with us and with each other to provide emotional engagement and entertainment. MiRo is based on the simple premise that animals have qualities that are desirable in today’s social robots. They are robust, adaptable and good at communicating their feelings. Our approach is to build robots that think and operate very much like animals; from their senses and decision-making processes, all the way through to their bodies and behaviours. This makes MiRo particularly suited to robot-human interaction and robot-robot team interaction.
MiRo – The Next Generation of Companion Robots
Like companion animals and pets, robots have the potential to sustain long-term social interactions, be engaging, and offer forms of spoken and physical comfort. Through their robotic functionality they can also support capabilities such as monitoring whilst requiring less care and support than pets.
MiRo is designed to help developers create the next generation of personal and companion robots that will go beyond mere toys creating lasting and rewarding engagement for users. Being animal-like rather than human-like people respond to MiRo with a different set of expectations that are more easily matched by today’s AI. Interacting with MiRo is already a fun and emotionally rewarding experience.
MiRo – Features
• Wide-ranging suite of sensors including stereo vision and hearing, ultrasonic ranging, light level sensors, infrared cliff sensors, tactile sensors on the body and head, and interceptive sensors such as twin accelerometers, joint position sensors (proprioception), temperature and battery-level sensors.
• Good number of degrees of freedom, many of which (tail wagging and drooping, blinking, ear-rotation, head movements, coloured lights) are well suited for expressive communication. Fast and stable platform that works well on most smooth surfaces.
• Excellent battery life (up to 6 + hours between charges depending on batteries used).
• WiFi and Bluetooth interfaces for on-board programming and/or off-board control components.
• 3D robot simulator (Gazebo) for speedy development.
• Multi-processor architecture (3 stacked ARM processors) with useful suite of base behaviours ready-to-go.
• Support for ROS and our own unique brain-based biomimetic control system 3BCS.
• High-level control software stored on u-SD card.
List of Universities currently using and developing MiRo:
NC State University
Bristol Robotics Lab
University of Hertfordshire
TU Dortmund University
Sheffield Hallam University
University of Surrey
University of Glasgow
Birkbeck, University of London
The University of Sheffield
Università degli Studi di Genova
Technische Universität München
University of Wisconsin LA CROSSE
Trinity College, Dublin
RWTH Aachen University