Oct.21, 2013

Created by the research team Inria Flowers Lab (Bordeaux-France), Poppy is an affordable and hackable humanoid robot made with robust and flexible hardware. It uses off-the-shelf components (motors and electronics) and 3D printed limbs to make it available for a large audience.

Credit: Inria / Photo H. Raguet

Poppy has bended legs, multi-articulated trunk and soft body, and this design increases robustness, agility and stability during the walking. All mechanical parts were designed to optimize weight and make the Poppy robot as light as possible. The obtained mass reduction allows the use of less powerful and light motor. Parts are 3D printed using polyamide material and selective laser sintering techniques.

Credit: Inria / Photo H. Raguet

To make Poppy widely accessible, the team tried to keep the cost as low as possible. The overall materials needed to build your own Poppy robot costs around €7,500 /$10,250 (including motors, electronics and 3D printed parts), while some other robots, Darwin-OP or Nao from Aldebaran can cost around $12,000.


  • Dimensions: H:84 W:25 T:10 (cm)
  • Mass: 3.5 kg
  • Motors: 21x Robotis Dynamixels MX-28, 2x Robotis Dynamixels MX-64, 2x Robotis Dynamixels AX-12
  • Options: 16x Forces sensors (FSR), 2x PS Eye, 1x IMU (9DDL), 4.3″ LCD 480 x 272 px, Stereo Micros, Raspberry Pi
  • Cost: 7500-8000€
  • Assembly Time: 2-3 days

Poppy is still under development, the team plans to make both software and hardware available under an open source licence for academics, artists and geeks. 75% of total work is done, they currently limit the diffusion to chosen beta testers. If you are interested in building your own Poppy or if you want access to the CAD files, check out the Poppy Project website.

Thanks to Nootrix for the tip!

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Jean-samuel wrote at 3/22/2019 2:18:30 AM:

it not correct ... i know i can make this for over 400$

Jean-samuel wrote at 3/22/2019 2:15:30 AM:

it not correct ... i know i can make this for over 400$

Parmenios wrote at 7/1/2016 9:44:40 PM:

Does Poppy walk by herself?

curious guy wrote at 4/1/2015 8:54:27 PM:


alex wrote at 11/26/2014 10:52:12 AM:

this works with python yes! we are using it in december at igam4er.org

Aaron wrote at 10/12/2014 8:33:36 AM:

Is this robot programmable in python? Thanks.

Abdul Rehman wrote at 1/6/2014 3:01:03 PM:

Wow a real 3D printed robot. I wonder if we're going towards the point of singularity where humans will be taken over by robots.

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