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Build your own DIY giant robot that plays the piano, draws pictures, prepares meals, waters plants, engages in lightsaber duels and more. The Multipurpose Mobile Manipulator is an advanced open-source human-size mobile robotics platform for students, educators, hobbyists, artists and researchers alike.

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Step 1: Why We Made It

Since the beginning of the 20th century, humans have yearned for machines that could help us in our everyday chores, such as preparing meals, cleaning the house, and watching the kids. Significant progress has been made towards this goal over the course of the past 50 years, primarily through the efforts of large research institutions and universities around the world. In spite of this, development remains rather slow - only a small handful of researchers are working on this, as they are the only ones who have access to the expensive robots needed to perform state-of-the-art robotics research. (To illustrate, Boston Dynamics's ATLAS robot used in the DARPA Robotics Challenge is estimated to have a price tag of well over 1,000,000 USD.)

By providing a research-grade mobile manipulator platform that is low cost, robust, easy-to-use, and large enough to do a variety of human-size tasks, we allow a large number of students, educators, hobbyists and artists from around the world to enter the robotics research ecosystem, accelerating the speed at which intelligent human-size helper robots become a reality. This is where the Multipurpose Mobile Manipulator Mk 1 comes in.

<p>Hi, I think this is the best robot ever made! It's so incredible, what it can do is amazing! Normally, most robots can do only one task, but your project broke this rule. Congratulations!</p>
<p>Thanks MohamedElkhatri! Wait till you see version 2 ;)</p>
<p>Pretty sure it will be amazing as well. Just a small proposition if you don't mind : why don't you give it &quot;home assistant&quot; tasks such as home control and make it familiar with its environment. Hope you a good luck!</p>
I need someone who will pick up what is dropped and ask where it goes then put it away.
<p>An interesting idea. The robot can be made a little shorter to pick things up from the floor. Speech recognition is also definitely something to explore.</p>
I plan on having my students build something similar to this using an electric wheelchair as base. This design gives me more ideas!
<p>Glad to hear! Feel free to use whatever you need and I hope you will learn something useful going over this Instructable. Let me know if you need help with anything and I will be glad to advise :) </p>
Amazing build, looks incredibly modular! Any thoughts on dressing it in a tux when you're done, to make it a robot butler? ;)
<p>Certainly. I'm thinking painting it black,, making the acrylic front plate white and giving it a bow tie :)</p>

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