The push to design the perfect home robot continues. The nuvo from ZMP Inc. is an advanced control system that stabilizes balance and walking coordination so the robot can traverse uneven surfaces. The 39-cm-tall robot also has a voice recognition system, accepting a limited number of spoken commands. Stabilizing balance and understanding voice commands requires a lot of analog-to-digital conversions. They’re handled by peripherals on the Renesas SH7760 SuperH RISC chip, which includes converters along with a 200-MHz SH-4 RISC core.
The e-nuvo robot has one main CPU board and three sub-CPU boards, each holding a Renesas processor with analog-to-digital converters. The main CPU and one sub-board are mounted in the waist section, with one in each thigh. Each board can operate four motors.
The nuvo from ZMP Inc. is an advanced control system that stabilizes balance and walking coordination so the robot can traverse uneven surfaces.
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