The ALTAIR EZ:1 and EZ:2 Robots will have a version that uses the excellent EZ-Robot v4 controller and use the powerful (but simple to use) EZ-Builder software see: http://www.ez-robot.com/.

The combination of our ALTAIR robots with their sub-system (distribuitive processing) microcontroller nodes and advanced sennsors together with the EZB software makes for a very powerful advanced robot platform.


Our vision with the ALTAIR EZ:2 is to produce one of the first truly affordable (useful) Personal Robots.

The ALTAIR EZ:2 has the following features:-
  • Advanced speech recognition with no limited grammars - any words/phrases can be recognised (Dragon DNS 13 option)
  • NLP (natural language processing) front-end - no fixed command phrases (Dragon DNS 13 option)
  • High quality TTS (voice output)
  • Face recognition
  • Eye tracking
  • Object recognition
  • Thermal imaging and tracking with long distance IR ranger (in head)
  • 4 zone ultrasonic sensor array (in locomotion base)
  • 360 degree 3 sense zone electromagnetic sensor (in locomotion base)
  • Left and right ear lobes with 5 metre PIR sensors
  • Volumetric occupancy mapping
  • Advanced A.I. core with associative memory
  • Emotion engine that exhibits itself via animated LED matrix eyes with PWM LED light ring surrounds and animated mouth LEDs
  • Off-robot main processing (EZB v4 controller) - EZ-Robot version *
  • On-robot main processing (2 x Raspberry Pie 2) - Brains-on board version **
  • 8 dedicated slave microcontrollers handle sensory/locomotion data to reduce main CPU(s) processing overhead
  • Modular body that is built in sections so different body versions can be envisaged
  • 3 arm options - right arm shown is the MD5DOF-r (medium duty with 5 degrees of freedom) - left arm is the MD4DOF-l
  • Choice of 3 end effectors (claws, manipulators)
* EZ-Robot version utilises the EZ-B v4 controller and EZ-Builder software from EZ-Robot (www.ez-robot.com/)

** Brains on-board utilises 2 x Raspberry Pie 2 (credit card sized single board computer) - this robot version does not rely on an external PC or laptop.


The ALTAIR EZ:1 and EZ:2 Robots will have a version that uses the excellent EZ-Robot v4 controller and use the powerful (but simple to use) EZ-Builder software see: http://www.ez-robot.com/.

The combination of our ALTAIR robots with their sub-system (distribuitive processing) microcontroller nodes and advanced sennsors together with the EZB software makes for a very powerful advanced robot platform.


The ALTAIR EZ:1 is the robotic development platform for the ALTAIR EZ:2 (the commercial version of the robot) the EZ:1 is based on an AIMEC:4 body shell.

The ALTAIR EZ:2 has the following features:-
  • Advanced speech recognition with no limited grammars - any words/phrases can be recognised (Dragon DNS 13 option)
  • NLP (natural language processing) front-end - no fixed command phrases (Dragon DNS 13 option)
  • High quality TTS (voice output)
  • Face recognition
  • Eye tracking
  • Object recognition
  • Sound localization
  • Thermal imaging and tracking with long distance IR ranger (in head)
  • 4 zone ultrasonic sensor array (in locomotion base)
  • 360 degree 3 sense zone electromagnetic sensor (in locomotion base)
  • Left and right ear lobes with 5 metre PIR sensors
  • Volumetric occupancy mapping
  • Advanced A.I. core with associative memory
  • Emotion engine that exhibits itself via animated LED matrix eyes with PWM LED light ring surrounds and animated mouth LEDs
  • Off-robot main processing (EZB v4 controller) - EZ-Robot version *
  • On-robot main processing (2 x Raspberry Pie 2) - Brains-on board version **
  • 8 dedicated slave microcontrollers handle sensory/locomotion data to reduce main CPU(s) processing overhead
  • MD5DOF (medium duty with 5 degrees of freedom) arm with end effector (claw)
* EZ-Robot version utilises the EZ-B v4 controller and EZ-Builder software from EZ-Robot (www.ez-robot.com/)

** Brains on-board utilises 2 x Raspberry Pie 2 (credit card sized single board computer) - this robot version does not rely on an external PC or laptop.



"What are the key design visions of the AIMEC:4 series of robots?"
The key design visions (goals) for the next model (AIMEC:4) are very different. This robot is targeted as a mass market (high volume) robotic appliance (a useful general purpose Personal Robot). We already have face recognition working well, and we are now quite advanced with object recognition. This now opens the robot to serious applications, as vision has been the main stumbling block until now. When a robot can recognise an object, it can do useful work.

Before this, robots had to be in structured environments, where everything had to be in the right place. With the first AIMEC:4 vision system, we already have the robot seeing the difference between 'Diet' and 'Regular' coke cans, so a robot like this could go to a fridge, find and extract the right can! The AIMEC:4 will have much stronger arms and claws, so will have the ability to work with more intricate and heavier workloads. However, the cost of this new machine will be higher than AIMEC:3.
"What are the new features on the AIMEC:4"
AIMEC:4 pretty much does everything the AIMEC:3 does but also has the following new features:-
  • Advanced speech recognition (no limited grammars - any words/phrases can be recognised)
  • NLP front-end (you can ask for things in many ways - no fixed command phrases)
  • High quality TTS (voice output)
  • Face recognition
  • Eye tracking
  • Object recognition
  • Sound localization
  • Thermal imaging and tracking
  • Volumetric occupancy mapping
  • More advanced self-learning algorithms
  • Advanced A.I. core
  • On-board main processing (2 x Intel ATOM micro PC's)
  • Heavy duty Arms with 3 finger manipulators
Brains on-board includes 2 x Intel Atom micro PC and 7 slave microcontrollers, the robot does not rely on an external PC or laptop but still has full Internet connectivity. Our vision with AIMEC:4 is to produce one of the first truly affordable (useful) Personal Robots.