Raspberry Pi opens the new door for Creativity and with this project today, you can imagine how creative Projects can be built using this Pocket sized computer. This is a Cyber Rhino “Erica”, designed and developed by University of Southampton’s Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) department.
This Rhino is not just a Toy, it is a intelligent Rhino which can interact with the people using sensors, cameras, LEDs, microphone and network. It has its own Wi-Fi network and Twitter feed, so that people can interact with ‘Erica’ using their Smart Phone. It can respond to people by blinking its eyes, moving ears and making sounds, it can also read and send the tweets, sense the temperature and can do many more intelligent things. It is a Raspberry Pi powered six foot long FiberGlass sculpture with the Art work done by University’s Winchester School of Art.
Five Raspberry Pis have been used to control this Rhino, each Raspberry Pi behaves like a webserver and they interact with each other like web objects. Two Raspberry Pis control the eyes movements, it can see and read the QR codes using the cameras behind the eyes. Another Raspberry Pi controls the ears rotation, and it rotates them to pay attention to the person. Forth Raspberry Pi controls the networking and Wi-Fi links.
Fifth Raspberry Pi works as the brain of the Rhino, and control all its reactions. The development team made it possible for her to learn about the environment and react accordingly. It has short term and long term memory, and “The short term memory enables her to react instantly to an action, while the long term memory recalls accumulated actions so that her mood and behaviour can change throughout the day”, said one of the team member.
Source Code for whole project is provided on GitHub, as open source.