Section: New Software and Platforms


Functional Description: The Poppy Project team develops open-source 3D printed robots platforms based on robust, flexible, easy-to-use and reproduce hardware and software. In particular, the use of 3D printing and rapid prototyping technologies is a central aspect of this project, and makes it easy and fast not only to reproduce the platform, but also to explore morphological variants. Poppy targets three domains of use: science, education and art.

In the Poppy project we are working on the Poppy System which is a new modular and open-source robotic architecture. It is designed to help people create and build custom robots. It permits, in a similar approach as Lego, building robots or smart objects using standardized elements.

Poppy System is a unified system in which essential robotic components (actuators, sensors...) are independent modules connected with other modules through standardized interfaces:

  • Unified mechanical interfaces, simplifying the assembly process and the design of 3D printable parts.

  • Unified communication between elements using the same connector and bus for each module.

  • Unified software, making it easy to program each module independently.

Our ambition is to create an ecosystem around this system so communities can develop custom modules, following the Poppy System standards, which can be compatible with all other Poppy robots.