While Khadas VIM4 board has just been launched, the earlier Khadas VIM3 SBC has the advantage of featuring a 5 TOPS NPU that’s being leveraged by Lilium Robotics for their humanoid robots, notably the Lily Delta V7 robot cat girl doll using the Amlogic A311D board to control motors and provide AI features such as face and object detection and tracking.
The Delta V7 is offered as an Android kit running Linux (Android refers to humanoid robot here) with a full motorized body kit, a head with a dual camera and sound system, accessories like a dress, wig, cat ears and tail, and other features that are more geared towards the adult crowd…
Content of the Lily Delta V7 full Android kit:
- Full motorized body kit
- Motorized arms, legs, and torso with wide movement range
- Arms can support 0.5 kg payload
- 100 cm high, weighs about 5 kilograms
- Inserts: Face, breasts, feet, etc…
- Khadas VIM3 SBC in head running Linux, attached to the two cameras (the eyes), a sound system with microphone and speaker, and (UART) motor controllers
- Accessories – Dress, wig, cat ears, cat tail, lipstick, eyeliner
- Toy cleaning tool
- Toy heater (smart version)
- 50ml lubricant (coconut oil)
The video below shows how the VIM3 is integrated into the head of the robot with other parts and explains the main task of the NPU is to accelerate object detection and tracking.
The company says only basic animations/positioning are available for now, but future software updates will unlock more functions such as crawling and object manipulation. Walking won’t be possible with this robot. The Python code for audio, vision, the user interface, and motion control can be found on Github, and there’s a code walkthrough on YouTube that explains how this works. The Delta V7 robot cat girl doll can also be used as a chatbot and read audiobooks, and the most advanced chatbot relies on GPT-3 which needs to run on a more powerful computer due to the processing required.
Three options are available with Khadas VIM3: the advanced head only for $400, the Android kit for $2,500, and the fully-assembled kit for $5,000 which you’ll find on the company’s shop (may not be safe for work depending on where you live or work, but IMHO there’s nothing too outrageous).
Thanks to theguyuk for the tip.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.