Bandit II


Bandit II is an updated version of Bandit I, designed and fabricated by BlueSky Robotics. Our lab currently maintains six of these expressive humanoid platforms.



The Interaction Lab currently has 11 Nao robots. The Nao robot is a full-body humanoid robot by Aldebaran Robotics. It is approximately 26" tall with 26 degrees of freedom in the neck, shoulders, elbows, hands, hips, knees, wrists, and ankles. It has a number of sensors, including an IMU, sonar, video, microphones, and force sensors. It has two speakers and colored LEDs in the eyes for expressive output.



The PR2 is a mobile manipulation platform, designed and manufactured by Willow Garage.



Minimatronic Figure (TM) courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development.



Maki is an entirely 3D-printed platform developed by Hello-Robo. It measures 342mm (13.5") tall and has 6 degrees of freedom in its head.




The Stewart Platform Robot for Interactive Tabletop Engagement (SPRITE) robot is built around a six degree-of-freedom Stewart platform base, with a bracket that holds a mobile phone, on which the robot's face is displayed. The robot is approximately 30 cm tall (without fur), with a 10 cm range of motion, depending on the angle of the platform. The robot's appearance can be changed by modifying the covering. The "Kiwi" skin is green and has a bird-like appearance, while the "Chili" skin is red and plush, with a dragon-like appearance.

Spritebot Spritebot



MyKeepon is a consumer-grade version of the Keepon robotic platform. It has a microphone, located in the nose, and can sense when it is being touched on its head or its sides. MyKeepon comes pre-programmed for dancing and reacting to touch, but the platform is easily hacked into for more advanced robotics programming.

Mobile Remote Presence

Suitable Beam +


The Beam+ is a mobile telepresence system that is about child-height and is integrated with a videoconferencing system (including a camera, display, speaker and microphone). It utilizes the same interface as the first generation Beam Pro and provides some of the same features including autonomous docking. The Beam+ is a low-cost platform making it appropriate for a number of applications including education.



The Giraff is a remotely controlled mobile, human-height physical avatar integrated with a videoconferencing system (including a camera, display, speaker and microphone). It is powered by motors that can propel and turn the device in any direction, even backwards. The Giraff can turn in place to face a person or object, and the display can also be tilted up and down to extend the vertical field-of-view.



The Vgo mobile remote presence system is a child-height mobile telepresence physical avatar integrated with a videoconferencing system (including a camera, display, speaker, and microphone). It is marketed for tele-operation, but our lab is enabling it with autonomous operation capabilities, so we can use it in various operational modes, from fully autonomous to partially tele-operated to fully tele-operated. The display can be used to show its human operator, which, for our work, is often a child.




Romo is consumer robot by Romotive. It has an animated face that works on either an iPhone or iPod Touch and a mobile base.

Mobile Bases



We started with two Pioneers, Benjamin and Mae (the little Volens), then added a few more indoor and outdoor versions, and are now, as part of the USC Robotics Lab, up to to 13 Pioneer robots (9 Pioneer 2 DX, 2 Pioneer 1s, and 2 Pioneer 1 ATs).



The Turtlebot robot is a small non-holonomic mobile robot, fully integrated with ROS, and including a netbook and kinect for onboard computation and navigation.

iRobot Ava


The Ava is a fully-holonomic mobile robotics platform designed and manufactured by iRobot. It features integrated autonomous navigation capabilities supported by an impressive set of sensors.