DARwIn-OP (Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence - Open Platform) is an affordable, miniature-humanoid-robot platform with advance computational power, sophisticated sensors, high payload capacity, and dynamic motion ability to enable many exciting research, education, and outreach activities.

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the United States, DARwIn-OP has been developed by RoMeLa at Virginia Tech with collaboration with University of Pennsylvania, Purdue University and Robotis Co., based on the award winning DARwIn series humanoid robots in development since 2004. In July 2011, Team DARwIn competed at RoboCup in Istanbul, Turkey winning first place against 24 international teams.

DARwIn-OP is a true open platform where users are encouraged to modify it in both hardware and software, and various software implementations are possible (C++, Python, LabVIEW, MATLAB, etc.) The open source hardware is not only user serviceable thanks to its modular design, but also can be fabricated by the user. Publically open CAD files for all of its parts, and instructions manuals for fabrication and assembly are available on-line for free.

A number of DARwIn-OP units will be fabricated and built by Robotis Co. for distribution to 11 partner universities (including major research universities, RUI institutions, a women's college, and two local high schools) and will utilize them in their classroom teaching and projects as well as outreach activities.

CAD files of DARwIn-OP's parts

The objective of this annual workshop is to; introduce DARwIn-OP to the humanoid robotics community to broaden the DARwIn-OP project and form a user community; train the users for use in research, education, and outreach activities; disseminate results of the usage of DARwIn-OP in the classroom; and to obtain feedback from the users for future improvements.


ICA 2001 520 x 100 cm plaster, LED

Icarus was human, who first fly to sky in the world, But, he was dead, too close to sun, in Greek myth. ICA was make around10,000 unit and module and close to human working style. don’t want to make robot to same human being.

Das Royd 2002 520 X 120 plaster, LED

In 2005 and 2006, the Das Royd was a concept model with robot structure design by Lee Dae Suk (ICA), the CEO of Roy n’ Block and award-winning leader in next generation design from Knowledge Economy Minister in Korea. Reason of making new robot’s structure and unit, module is future for human being.

Das Royd’s clone 2006 520 x 120 Plaster, LED, Aluminum

These were the aluminum works invited to the exhibit. The unique structure and shape caused a lot of attention at home and abroad.

ICA 2001 520 x 100 cm plaster, LED

Lee Dae Suk has attempted to combine the field of RT (robot technology) to design with a new angle on structural analysis and proposal under the new paradigm in terms of industry, and accordingly a variety of robot motion and energy efficiency have been proposed.

In addition, he has also presented to the forums and exhibited “ICA series-the robot structure in order to popularize the robot and its culture, and he planned MECHA-POD (battle robot toy) with the robot and its structure applied to the toy industry.

As MECHA-POD being produced and managed by himself, he led the companies in the same field with presenting its own revenue model. Currently, the MECHA- POD were sold out 20,000 in the United States, and local marketing and new robot product development is proceeding.

Roy n’ Block

CHARLI was born in the lab of Dennis Hong, the robot maker who was chosen as one of Popular Science's Brilliant 10 in 2009

- Popular Science

A group of undergraduate and graduate students at the Virginia Tech College of Engineering's Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa) have unveiled CHARLI, which they are calling the first full-sized, walking, untethered, humanoid robot, complete with four moving limbs and a head, to be built in the United States. While walking robots are nothing new, this one's humanoid counterparts, such as Petman and Honda's Asimo, are apparently disqualified for lack of height, autonomy, and nation of origin.

Dennis Hong is the founder of VT’s Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory and the leader of the student team that built CHARLI-L. We’re seated at a workbench inside the University of Pennsylvania’s robotics lab, run by Hong’s friend and collaborator Daniel Lee. Hong’s students are here to show CHARLI-L to Lee’s students, to prepare for RoboCup 2010, held in June in Singapore, and to discuss upcoming partnerships. Hong (winner of a 2009 Popular Science Brilliant 10 award) and his students have produced chemically driven, amoeba-like robots; a spider-like ’bot called STRiDEr, whose swinging walk is modeled on the human gait; and a system by which blind adults can make guided yet independent decisions as the drivers of their own cars. Lee’s students build complex software to govern robot behavior and human-robot interaction. These are some of the most accomplished robotics engineers in the field. But as I watch the students fiddle with CHARLI-L, it begins to dawn on me how much work stands between CHARLI-L and the RoboCup trophy, to say nothing of how much work it will take to reach a future full of robot helpers.

Dennis Hong

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