i-Bot wrote:I was disapointed to see the sourceforge project full of glossy marketing blurb, rather that what we normally see in an opensource robotics project. It always appears that educational establishments are worse at sharing than individuals.
I'd tend to cut them some slack. They're just starting that stuff, the official presentation will be in 2 weeks in Nashville, so I don't think one should jump to conclusions just yet.
Like Nao, I am not convinced we are going to see much technology breakthrough here, but this is an exciting phase in the attempt to commercialise small humanoids.
Both Nao and DARwIn-OP certainly don't represent technological breakthroughs, cutting edge technology in humanoid locomotion research generally tends to be expensive and not very robust. Instead, they provide largely proven technology in a complete package, which is worth a lot for people who want to concentrate on different stuff than hardware design and the accompanying hassles.
From my (autonomous robot soccer) POV, DARwIn-OP looks more promising than Nao as it has adequate processing power from the get go, as well as one good camera.