A student of the Technical Faculty in Rijeka, Karlo Džafić, presented his work at HRT. “The robot’s name is Timmy Hartera. It all started in 2019 when I wanted to do robotics and I ‘googled’ the InMoov site, designed as a platform for everyone who wants to do robotics and do something like I did”, said Karlo.
The robot was made using two 3D printers, while plastic and a lot of electronics were used as materials.
“I got most of it online from abroad, and it all took two and a half years. The robot has over 400 parts – it even has ears, eyes that are two web cameras, and different sensors to be as human-like as possible and behave like it. I did everything completely by myself – from financing to production”, he says, adding that he decided to take on this venture to test his limits.
“Robotics includes more areas than mechanics, electronics, and programming – and all three technical areas interest me, so why not”, he concluded.
In autumn, Karlo plans to make an updated version of his robot, and in the spring, maybe record a podcast where the robot will speak Croatian, so that, says Karlo, the experience would be even greater.
The robot is now under ‘repair’.
“Now I want to analyse things and improve what can be improved”, said Karlo.
Scientific associate at the Technical Faculty in Rijeka, Ph.D. Ivan Lorencin supports Karlo in his venture and points out that students like Karlo are a motivation for the scientific department of the faculty to continue their work in science and higher education.
“Such projects are our motive for establishing the Ri-STEM conference, which is being held for the second year in a row, and where Timmy Hartera, the robot was presented to the public for the first time. Such projects provide our students and potential future scientists with a springboard for further careers”, explains Lorencin.
The research group for artificial intelligence and robotics of the Technical Faculty plans to open a STEM center in Medulin soon, through which Karlo, as well as other future young experts and scientists, will be able to receive certain financial support for the development of their projects.
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