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InMoov: The animatronic robot

Updated 12:51 PM ET, Fri January 25, 2013
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The InMoov Robot, designed by French sculptor Gael Langevin, is comprised almost entirely of 3D printable parts, small motors and cheap circuit boards. Courtesy Gael Langevin
Using mircrocontrollers like Arduino and a basic programming language, the assembled robot can respond to voice-activated instructions -- moving its head and arms accordingly. Courtesy Gael Langevin
Each part of the robot has been built in stages, limb by limb. When Langevin completes a stage, he posts all the building instructions, including 3D printing files, on his public blog. Currently without a torso or legs, the robot is still a work in progress. Courtesy Gael Langevin
The whole project began when Langevin was commissioned to make a prosthetic hand for a commercial photo shoot. The 41-year-old Frenchman thought it a prime opportunity to test his new 3D printer. Courtesy Gael Langevin
InMoov's hands now have fully articulated fingers and silicone padding to help it grasp objects. Courtesy Gael Langevin
Langevin admits he has limited computer programming skills, so the coding instructions on his website are relatively basic. But, for those in the know, the robot could ultimately be programmed to carry out all manner of tasks. Courtesy Gael Langevin
Each component is created using 3D modelling software and, in order to make it accessible to as wide an audience as possible, they are all small enough to be printed on the cheapest range of 3D printers. Courtesy Gael Langevin
A rear view of InMoov's upper torso reveals a bundle of exposed wires and other electronic components. Although it looks complicated, Langevin assures that, as long as you follow the instructions on his blog, no prior knowledge is required. Courtesy Gael Langevin