Questions and answers related to the CFP are posted to this FAQ page. The CFP can be found on the Call For Proposals page here.
Where can I forward questions that are not answered on this FAQ page?
Additional questions and requests for clarification or additional information should be submitted electronically to quori.robot (at) gmail (dot)com.
Can Universities outside of the Unites States participate in this program?
No. Because this project is entirely funded by US federal grants, the robots can only go to US research institutions.
What is the footprint of the Quori platform?
In a resting position the robot fits within a cylinder 1.35 meters tall and 0.61 meter in diameter. More information on the robot can be found at http://www.quori.org/about/
Is the robot robust? Is there a risk of the robot falling over?
The robot's center of mass and support polygon were designed to make sure the robot does not fall over. However, if the robot is knocked the robot over the main hardware of robot, the arms and base and head may still be usable.
Is it possible to get a robot with customized parts (e.g., arms add another DOF to the arm so that the robot can move the elbows) ?
The version of Quori that will ship as part of this award program will have the standard arms without articulate elbows/hands; however, Quori has a flexible design that is meant to be modular, and the standard arms could be swapped out for more expressive arms (e.g., with articulated elbows and/or hands) in the future based on feedback and designs from the community. If your proposal requires such articulation, then I would recommend also offering to develop and share a design for such articulation so that others may provide feedback and/or integrate these features into their own Quori robot as well.
How loud is the robot?
No noticeable noise is produced by the components at 1 meter from the robot.
Does Quori need to communicate with servers you host?
The developer tools Semio provides for authoring and animating conversational content for social robot skills/apps are browser-based and currently run on Semio web servers. Any content that is created is then automatically uploaded to the robot for execution. What this means is that a web connection is necessary when creating content for Quori, but not necessarily for execution of that content on-board Quori.
Would it be possible to connect to the robot and choose what to execute from whatever content uploaded to the robot? Or will anything uploaded to the robot will be executed automatically (so the robot is autonomous), and the robot needs to connect to the server to tele-operate the robot (e.g., the contents need to be recreated each time)?
You'll be able to choose what is executed from the Semio developer tools in the browser. Think of it like selecting which apps are or are not installed on your phone.
How easy it is to control the robot? Would it be easy to control the joints, the wheels and speaker?
Quori may be controlled/programmed at a variety of different levels. At the lowest level, there are ROS interfaces to control the individual joints, as well as the mobile base. At a higher level, Semio is providing browser-based developer tools to easily create and deploy social robot applications; these developer tools include a dialog editor for writing speech-based human-robot interactions, as well as an animation editor to build expressive robot movements.
Is text-to-speech (TTS) included?
Semio is providing a software module for text-to-speech (TTS); however, the software is modular, and you are welcome to swap it out for your own TTS software.