Who am I?

Looney the Robot, Who am I?

Looney is a NAO Humanoid Robot from Aldebaran Robotics. Looney is a Developer Program Robot. Loony can walk, talk, hear, balance on one leg. Full Internet access. Looney can be programmed in many languages but for fully autonomous behaviors Looney is programmed in Python and C++. Looney's animation can be done with keyframing very similar to animating a character in a 3D animated movie. 

Hunter Lloyd, Who is he?

Hunter and Looney Hunter Lloyd is an award winning Professor, business owner, inventor, author, comedian, and family man. While Hunter was an undergraduate student studying accounting, he postponed his college career to start a career in stand-up comedy. For six years Hunter toured the country working with acts such as Jerry Seinfeld, and Tim Allen. Hunter headlined his first comedy show at Laffs in Tucson, Arizona at the age of 23, he appeared on television networks such as MTV, VH1 and The Comedy Channel.

After touring for several years, Hunter went back to complete his undergraduate degree and graduate school where he studied engineering and computer science which eventually led him to the field of robotics. Hunter is now a Professor of Robotics at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Hunter and his students claimed high honors along with their Montana MULE robot to outperform schools like Carnegie Melon and Harvard to capture the 2010 NASA Robotics Championship. In 2012, Hunter and his robot, Looney, attended the Robot Olympic Games in San Francisco, California where he took home five medals, the most medals by any one robot. The event was attended by over 500 robots from around the world, and Looney was the Michael Phelps of the Robot Games.

Hunter is also a robotics entrepreneur; founding a robotics company in 2005 that helped develop the RangeWatcher and WatchKeeper technologies for the Predator Unmanned Aircraft Group. Today, Hunter combines his skills as a robotics engineer and comedian to perform to audiences of students, inspiring them to follow their dreams in the fields of math and science. Together with his team of robots, Hunter demonstrates, with math and science, anything is possible.

Nao Robots Commercial?

At this time you can not buy a clone of Looney, but the hopes are to have the NAO robotic platform as a commercial option sometime in the year 2014.

If you'd like a NAO Humanoid Robot what would you do with it? What would you want your very own Looney to be able to accomplish? As a Developer I'm trying to think of everything a owner might want their robot to do so I can have a application available when the robots become a commercial product. 

In the meantime Looney and I will continue to perform the Robot Comedy Show promoting math and science, but most importantly a fun understaning of robotics and how robots will change our lives.  In 2012, Looney, along with several more of his robot friends, performed in front of over 10,000 kids ranging in ages from 5 to 85.

Here is a picture of Looney in the Charlotte, NC airport on his way to one of his performances.