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Previous robots – Ethon 2

Ethon 2

Get to know Ethon 2!

My next relative, whom we simply called Ethon 2, had a simpler appearance, but was considerably taller compared to Ethon. Ethon 2 easily reached the tables and handled doorstops better than its predecessor. Although Ethon 2 did not participate in experiments, it assisted in teaching BME engineering students. I also owe Ethon  2 a lot, as I inherited my neck and cameras from it as well.

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Previous robots – Ethon


Meet Ethon!

I hope to meet another predecessor of mine one day, Ethon. Ethon already resembled me much more, but I think it had a more artistic flair, which is evident in its appearance: it mostly looked like an abstract, triangular pyramid. Ethon moved with holonomic propulsion, but it also had arms and saw the world with a Kinect on its movable neck, although it used separate laser scanners and ultrasonic sensors for navigation. Ethon’s goal has been to become a great receptionist at the Department of Ethology and to escort arriving visitors to the researchers working in the department. Although it couldn’t learn everything needed for this, it could successfully navigate the department alone for hours, patrolling between different rooms and avoiding passersby. Moreover, it could even wave to people upon meeting them.

Since then, Ethon has moved abroad to help with ethorobotics research elsewhere.

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Mogi Robi

Get to know MogiRobi!

MogiRobi was the first robot designed for ethorobotics research by the MOGI department of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. It was very different from me, most of all it looked like a simplified dog with a movable head, ears, tail, and a rounded, flat triangle-like body shape. It also moved around with wheels like me, and used a so-called “holonomic” drive system, which allowed it to move similarly to animals: it could turn around or move sideways without turning with its whole body in the new direction, like a car would do.

MogiRobi helped a lot in the first ethorobotics experiments at the Department of Ethology, for example, in understanding how people try to teach the robot simple tasks, or what behavior makes people think that the robot made a mistake while they were away.

MogiRobi is currently enjoying its leave at the Informatics Institute of the University of Miskolc, where it will help in education and further research.