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  • This series of meetings is about the creation of a physical companion for children, the disabled, and the elderly, or anyone else who may see its uses. The tech opportunities are vast with this.

    Think of R2D2, C3PO, or any of the other myriad artificial lifeforms you have seen in movies and TV.

    Anyone can join us, all skill levels are welcome (from newbies to professionals).

    ---Description of what we are doing this meeting---

    As part of the "brain" and recognition system, we having a tutorial on Genetic algorithms and a preliminary neural network that will be used for the image recognition system.

    ---Description of what we are working on---

    Pip 1.0 (tm): This is something for the serious hobbyist, amateur, professional, specialist in one or many field(s) of research OR anyone who wants to be a part of something potentially life altering and society changing (not to mention the potential for fame, lecture tours, convention appearances, potential for wealth and fortune, and of course a sizable dose of good karma).

    When Pip 1.0 is completed, the team working on it will have one experimental humanoid robot (and one spare) capable of:

    • Over 40+ degrees of freedom of motion.

    • Capable of facial recognition and human imprinting.

    • Self actuated movement.

    • Independent navigation around its environment, mapping of its environment, and the ability to handle real time changes in the environment.

    • Capable of facial movement for communication purposes.

    • Verbal and simplified body language communication.

    • Optical and auditory recognition.

    • Emotional and cognitive behaviors.

    • Will posses various forms of AI onboard.

    All parts, supplies, and resources for Pip 1.0 will be provided by our sponsors. No one participating will be required to contribute anything more than their interest, enthusiasm, and creativity.

    Pip 1.0 will be capable of carrying out tasks such as puzzle solving, spatial navigation, emotional and cognitive behaviors, autonomous movement, adaptive learning, and much more as we as a team see where this leads.

    We will work on the design from start to finish once every two weeks.

    You DO NOT require any previous knowledge in any field of study our sponsors will supply mentors, educators, and instruction as needed.

    Programming language(s) will be determined.

    Summary document for Pip Senior or Pip 1.0 provide upon request but ONLY after we have met you face to face at one meeting.

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