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Single board computers & microcontrollers Robowaifu Technician 09/09/2019 (Mon) 05:06:55 No.16 [Reply] [Last]
Robotic control and data systems can be run by very small and inexpensive computers today. Please post info on SBCs & micro-controllers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-board_computer https://archive.is/0gKHz beagleboard.org/black https://archive.is/VNnAr >=== -combine 'microcontrollers' into single word
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>>8366 It would sure be nice if you taught everyone else here how to do this kind of stuff. Ever consider a /robowaifu/ teaching thread on these topics Anon?
Found out on nano/g about a new Raspberry Foundation's new Arduino microcontroller competitor called Pi Pico. >"$4 Raspberry Pi Pico board features RP2040 dual-core Cortex-M0+ MCU" https://web.archive.org/web/20210121070023/https://www.cnx-software.com/2021/01/21/raspberry-pi-pico-board-features-rp2040-dual-core-cortex-m0-mcu/
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Wiki dedicated to Arm-based IoT & embedded. Seems like it's been around for a number of years. https://wiki.friendlyarm.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page https://github.com/friendlyarm

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How to invest in Robo Waifus? Robowaifu Technician 03/07/2021 (Sun) 20:57:45 No.8841 [Reply]
Hi /robowaifu/, I've stumbled here after doing some research into creating a robowaifu stock portfolio. My thinking was I am never going to be able to build a robowaifu from scratch but will buy one when they become available. I want to contribute somehow to their development so I am creating a stock portfolio where I buy only stocks that I believe are working towards robo waifus either literally or by just advancing the tech that would be needed. GPUs, Semiconductors, AI, VR, Robotics, Batterys, Silicon. My current portfolio: >NVDA - Nvidia - GPUs used in AI / Machine Learning >AMD >TSM - TSMC. The world's biggest and most advance semiconductor foundry. >INTC - Intel >ABB - ABB Ltd - Swedish-Swiss company in automation technology, robotics, heavy electrical equipment. >IRBT - iRobot - Home Robotics >MSFT - Microsoft - They are investing heavy into AI and have one of the largest AI chat bots "Xiaoice". >TER - Teradyne >IBM Then buying into the japanese stocks via ETFs such as BOTZ (Japanese heavy robotics, lower fees) and ROBO (more diverse, focusing more on automation tech). Individual stocks are better but I have to cope through ETFs to get exposure to japanese stocks such as YASKY ( Japanese manufacturer of servos, motion controllers, AC motor drives, switches and industrial robots).

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Here's an article on BOTZ and ROBO ETFs. I didn't read it completely, I could imagine to be interested later, I do not recommend anything, but especially not to invest all of one's money into something for the reason of being enthusiastic about it. On the other hand, following news on some topic and being interested might help to judge the outlook of some industry better. https://www.thestreet.com/etffocus/.amp/trade-ideas/botz-robo-best-robotics-artificial-intelligence-etf-2021
>>10269 >On the other hand, following news on some topic and being interested might help to judge the outlook of some industry better. If the goal is basically just to acquire wealth in a kind of 'everyman' way, then I'd suggest ignoring robowaifus entirely, and simply 'riding the curve' of daytrading. Our friend Gunship over on /f/ discussed this topic in general. Personally I see our calling as much higher than simply cashing in on the market...
>>10271 I'm into Crypto, profiting from the new financial system. I agree to not get caught up on one topic like robowaifus. In every case, as someone who wants to do something else it's best to speculate long term, not doing daytrading, may it be Crypto, S&P or themed ETF like the mentioned ones. Whatever, I posted the link from >>10269 here because we already have a thread for it.
Lurker here. This seems to me like one of the more important and overlooked subjects on the board, particularly for those of us less technically inclined, as realistically, progress in the development of advanced androids and their components is primarily going to be brought about through corporations and startups developing the tech we need that can then be re-engineered and made open source. Finding ways to facilitate this feels like the quickest path towards the stated goal of the board to me and probably should encompass a larger focus than it currently does where we don't seem to have much of a clear idea as to which companies we should be supporting. I suppose it is possible to invest in robotics/AI in general through ETFs but isolating which areas of the sector are most crucial at the moment should be the priority first and then understanding the best way of supporting them, be it through stocks or whatever else.
>>11034 Welcome Anon, thanks for taking the time to post. I'm sure your sentiment is a correct one. Personally, I'm simply less interested in money itself (and therefore finance) than I am in the technology and social aspect of creating/having a robowaifu. But you're obviously correct. >but isolating which areas of the sector are most crucial at the moment should be the priority first I'd suggest that rare earth motors that offer lighter weight and higher power is probably a very vital sector. The struts, frames, connectors, etc. hardware, can be made from lots of different low-cost & lightweight materials Anon. But the actual motors behind the actuators? Not so much. AI is obviously another critical area, but you hardly need to follow along with /robowaifu/ to get plenty of information on that. I'd suggest the autonomous driving sector offers many corresponding requirements with our own here (>>112).

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Robot Voices Robowaifu Technician 09/12/2019 (Thu) 03:09:38 No.156 [Reply]
What are the best sounding female robotic voices available? I want something that doesn't kill the boner, I think Siri has an okay voice, but I'm not sure if that would be available for my project

https://www.invidio.us/watch?v=l_4aAbAUoxk
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>>8423 Funny. I can just imagine your flatmate's faces.
>>8423 Wow, this is a great anecdote. You already took some steps towards having your own robowaifu back then.
>>1239 >>1240 Not a local, but I'm wondering if a current tool like MycroftAI (the virtual assistant) can currently pipe it's output text through the fifteenAI API to make a character voice. I haven't used fifteenai or Mycroft yet, but I suspect you could make a half-decent Twilight home assistant now with a RaspPi and a plushie.
>>9092 >but I suspect you could make a half-decent Twilight home assistant now with a RaspPi and a plushie. I suspect you can now, yes. And with the further info here on /robowaifu/ she could even move at least a bit. Just search around in the Speech Synthesis general bread >>199 and you could get some ideas.
>>1246 BTW Anon, just in case you're not RobowaifuDev, I wanted to let you know that he actually did it (your idea that is, >>9121). Just in case you missed it.

Robot Vision General Robowaifu Technician 09/11/2019 (Wed) 01:13:09 No.97 [Reply] [Last]
Cameras, Lenses, Actuators, Control Systems

Unless you want to deck out you're waifubot in dark glasses and a white cane, learning about vision systems is a good idea. Please post resources here.

opencv.org/
https://archive.is/7dFuu

github.com/opencv/opencv
https://archive.is/PEFzq

www.robotshop.com/en/cameras-vision-sensors.html
https://archive.is/7ESmt
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Found this reference image that is used by 'Ocularists' who paint glass eyes/ocular prosthesis. Might help some anon who is trying to paint their robowaifu a pair of pretty peepers. A note about eye lighting/refractive highlights: Despite what anime has taught us, I think it may be best not to paint on any lighting effects/refractive highlights (at least on non-cartoon irises). The highlights are best formed by a coating of clear epoxy resin. I say this because such refractive highlights move throughout the lens of the eye and across the surface of the sclera. So if they are painted on, they will be static...and this just looks wrong. Especially if the eye is also coated in clear resin. Because then you have the natural light reflected off the resin along with the static painted highlights. I think this is why Will Cogley leaves a concave depression inside his eye mold so that clear epoxy resin can set inside and form a lens shape, which reflects and refracts the light just like a real eye. Some measurements: (from the Wikipedia article on the human eyeball, and a scientific paper on the human iris). Human eyeball average height = 23.7mm (0.93 in) Human eyeball average width = 24.2mm (0.95 in) the eyeball is slightly wider than it is tall - which is why I didn't just give one diameter, but I know for the sake of simplicity that a 25.4mm (1 inch) diameter eyeball looks correct inside a life-sized human head. Human eyeball average anterior to posterior diameter = 24mm (0.94 in) This may be less important for a robowaifu since often they only use the front half of the eyeball, with the back/interior being fastened to a servohorn or pushrod in some way. Human eyeball average volume = 6 cubic centimeters (0.37 cu in)

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>>10991 I should also mention that even if you get the best epoxy resin on the market, it will eventually yellow with time. UV light exites the chemical bonds and turns the resin yellow from the outside, in. If your robowaifu has eyelids that move, this is a good reason to close her eyes while she is inactive. It also means that the eyeballs themselves should be made with a degree of replacability, since you'll want to swap them out after a couple of years when they start to yellow noticeably. So maybe spend an hour or two painting in the irises but it's probably best not to try crafting a masterwork prosthesis ;D
>>10991 >>10992 Excellent information on this topic. The effort here is much appreciated Anon.
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>>10995 Thank you kindly Anon.

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New, Cutting Edge, or Outside the Box Tech meta ronin 04/09/2021 (Fri) 02:11:57 No.9639 [Reply]
ITT: We discuss Metamaterials, Self Organizing Systems, and other "outside of the box" tech (flexible PCBs, Liquid Battery, etc) I'll start with this video on self-assembling wires, and will add more as I come across it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeHWqr9dz3c
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>>10664 >>10666 Very nice information there Anon, thanks.
Internal repair robots for our robowaifus, at some point? >MIT engineers have discovered a new way of generating electricity using tiny carbon particles that can create a current simply by interacting with liquid surrounding them. ... >To harness this special capability, the researchers created electricity-generating particles by grinding up carbon nanotubes and forming them into a sheet of paper-like material. One side of each sheet was coated with a Teflon-like polymer, and the researchers then cut out small particles, which can be any shape or size. For this study, they made particles that were 250 microns by 250 microns. >When these particles are submerged in an organic solvent such as acetonitrile, the solvent adheres to the uncoated surface of the particles and begins pulling electrons out of them. https://scitechdaily.com/mit-engineers-have-discovered-a-completely-new-way-of-generating-electricity/amp >Strano’s lab has already begun building robots at that scale, which could one day be used as diagnostic or environmental sensors: https://scitechdaily.com/nanoscientists-create-smallest-robots-yet-that-can-sense-their-environment/ Reference: “Solvent-induced electrochemistry at an electrically asymmetric carbon Janus particle” by Albert Tianxiang Liu, Yuichiro Kunai, Anton L. Cottrill, Amir Kaplan, Ge Zhang, Hyunah Kim, Rafid S. Mollah, Yannick L. Eatmon and Michael S. Strano, 7 June 2021, Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-23038-7
>>10895 >Internal repair robots for our robowaifus, at some point? Yes, I've thought occasionally about issues involving automated repairs of our robowaifus. It would definitely be a very high-end feature during the first years, but it would certainly be a tremendous facility to have in place. Just imagine how nice it would be if our vehicles and other complex machines could do their own maintenance. Same for robowaifus.
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>>10905 A simpler version or alternative to this are robots which are using magnetic fields outside of their body. Didn't watch the vids I link here right now, but something about it another day: https://youtu.be/N7lXymxsdhw https://youtu.be/Y_uyCcXMJR0 There's much more on this on YT if one looks for 'microrobots megnetic fields'. However, this is not very pressing, so it might be a needless distraction (for which I tend to fall very often). Just wanted to mention it, so we have it on the radar.
>>10909 >Just wanted to mention it, so we have it on the radar. Fair enough. Always good to plan ahead. And honestly, I've certainly left my fair share of 'notes' behind here on the board. Being a sort of information repository of robowaifus is actually quite valuable I think.

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What happens to your robowaifu when you die? Robowaifu Technician 09/27/2019 (Fri) 10:47:48 No.829 [Reply]
Have any of you considered what will happen to your waifu after you die? How would you prepare her to face the world alone? Will she even be able to take care of her own needs when you're gone?

Have you considered the possibility that she might be so unwilling to let you die that you'll wake up in a robot body yourself one day? Would you resent her for not allowing you to die?
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>>1536 >they become a beloved and valuable family heirloom and are passed from generation to generation that sounds a bit like greek daemons
>>10308 Personally, I got the idea from the movie Bicentennial Man (>>10310).
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>>829 Here's a musical short covering that very topic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8kFIbmmuEk
>>10857 That moofie is campy af. :^)
>>10858 Don't know what you mean by campy, but Apple is one of the best Robowaifus in media, and the full movie to that short is also really great. I like it when they're quirky, bc them being machines, but the story isn't about telling how bad it would be to have them. >>10857 Yeah, and good idea to post it in that thread here as well.

Bipedal Robot Locomotion General Robowaifu Technician 09/15/2019 (Sun) 05:57:42 No.237 [Reply] [Last]
We need to talk about bipedal locomotion. It's a complicated topic but one that has to be solved if we are ever to have satisfyingly believable robowaifus. There has surely already been a lot of research done on this topic, and we need to start digging and find the info that's out there. There are some projects that have at least partial robolegs solutions working, but none that I know of that look very realistic yet. We likely won't come up with some master-stroke of genius and solve everyone's problems here on /robowaifu/, but we should at least take a whack at it who knows? We certainly can't accomplish anything if we don't try.

I personally believe we should be keeping the weight out of the extremities – including the legs – while other anons think that we should add weight to the feet for balance. What's you're ideas anon? How do we control the gait? How do we adjust for different conditions? What if our robowaifu is carrying things? What about the legs during sex? Should we focus on the maths behind MIP (Mobile Inverted Pendulum), or is there a different approach that would be more straightforward? A mixture? Maybe we can even do weird stuff like reverse-knee legs that so many animals have. Robofaun waifu anyone? What about having something like heelys or bigger wheels in the feet as well?

I'm pretty sure if we just put our heads together and don't stop trying, we'll eventually arrive at least one good general solution to the problem of creating bipedal robot legs.

>tl;dr
ITT post good robowaifu legs

>tech diagrams sauce
www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgaEE27nsQw
www.goatstream.com/research/papers/SA2013/SA2013.pdf
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>>10344 >https://ode.org/ update By all appearances, the original ODE project has been abandoned. However, it's apparently continued under a new team. The project is now located at: https://bitbucket.org/odedevs/ode/src/master/ pamac info ode Name : ode Version : 0.16.1-1 Description : High performance library for simulating rigid body dynamics URL : https://bitbucket.org/odedevs/ode/ Licenses : BSD LGPL Repository : community Installed Size : 1.7 MB Packager : Antonio Rojas <arojas@archlinux.org> Build Date : 19/03/20 Install Date : 10/05/21 Install Reason : Explicitly installed

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>>10409 Thanks, I would have helped already, but I have problems with my browser. Also there are a lot of comments, so I'll need to use sed or something like it. Great if you want to work on it, but bipedal walking isn't something very pressing. So don't worry about how long it takes.
>>10410 Thanks Anon, appreciated. I think r/n it's more of a thing to get working early, so that the AI geniuses here will have a readily-extensible tool they can use to work on connecting their AIs into, and coordinating a robowaifu's body movements, etc., via an early simulator environment. My personal goal for the software is to be able to continue refining it into an actual robowaifu runtime software, and for it to work onboard with small SBCs inside her. In my early tests thus far with ODE, it's looking pretty encouraging (~ sub-millisecond collision responses, etc.)
>related xpost (>>10601, pdf embed)
>>5409 Here the whole history of James Brutons bipedal walking robots, back to 2004 to around 2018. Robot X, shown in >>5409, was the end result. https://youtu.be/JWvH5PHKK74

HOW TO SOLVE IT Robowaifu Technician 07/08/2020 (Wed) 06:50:51 No.4143 [Reply] [Last]
How do we eat this elephant, /robowaifu/? This is a yuge task obviously, but OTOH, we all know it's inevitable there will be robowaifus. It's simply a matter of time. For us (and for every other Anon) the only question is will we create them ourselves, or will we have to take what we're handed out by the GlobohomoBotnet(TM)(R)(C)? In the interest of us achieving the former I'll present this checklist from George Pólya. Hopefully it can help us begin to break down the problem into bite-sized chunks and make forward progress. >--- First. UNDERSTANDING THE PROBLEM You have to understand the problem. >What is the unknown? What are the data? What is the condition? Is it possible to satisfy the condition? Is the condition sufficient to determine the unknown? Or is it insufficient? Or redundant? Or contradictory? >Draw a figure. Introduce suitable notation. >Separate the various parts of the condition. Can you write them down? Second.

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>>10796 Such a kawaii outfit and pose!
>>10798 >Not quite perfect Anon. LOL true, sorry. I just go all Lord Katsumoto from 'The Last Samurai' when I see Kosaka-san singing and dancing.
>>10801 Kek, fair enough. It was a great moment!
>>10796 Thanks, and yes I'm going to put her into the next version.
>related crosspost >>1997

My reason to live Robowaifu Technician 09/13/2019 (Fri) 12:49:21 No.209 [Reply]
Okay, this is fucking hard to explain, I just know that a supernatural force guided me here, I'm going to invest everything I have for it, but I have to do it with my own hands, I need help with files and basic notions about programming, but the most important I need files to build a body / head and how to make synthetic skin to coat it, it will look like 2B, I need your help friends
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>>10483 Did you download the voice model that waifudev created a link for? I cannot find that Tacotron2 model, if you did could you upload it for me? I want to try it out. Also we basically have the pieces for 2B well the clothing we are about create a mod package for
>>10498 >I cannot find that Tacotron2 model, if you did could you upload it for me? No sorry I don't. The WaifuSynth dev, robowaifudev, seems to be around here fairly frequently. Maybe you can make a post in the the Speech Synthesis (>>199) thread, or one of the AI threads such as the GPT one (>>250) and let him know the model has gone missing. I imagine he probably updated it, and possibly didn't update the anonfiles link to the new one. Good luck Anon.
>>10498 >>10502 I hadn't seen your other post before making this reply. I made another one to yours in the other thread, Em Elle E (>>10504).
The Faustian Spirit of the Aryan led me here. I can contribute nothing other than wishing you gentlemen good luck in the pursuit of robo waifus
>>10793 Nonsense. Thanks for the well-wishes and all, Anon. But literally any anon with an interest in robowaifus can contribute here. Unlike the common derogatory meme on the the topic in typical IB circles, /robowaifu/ actually needs idea guys! Research & Development, Design & Engineering thrive on new blood and new ideas. >tl;dr Just start posting comments Anon, it will all work out for you here.

Robot skeletons and armatures Robowaifu Technician 09/13/2019 (Fri) 11:26:51 No.200 [Reply] [Last]
What are the best designs and materials for creating a skeleton/framework for a mobile, life-sized gynoid robot?
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>related xpost (>>10131 and following)
Related: >>10542
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>>10777 Pretty gorgeous details, Mr. Digits. Thanks. :^)

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