Qualcomm combines 3D Printing with sensors

At Qualcomm’s Uplinq developer conference, The CEO Mollenkopf demoed a Snapdragon-based, three-wheeled robot equipped with a smartphone camera and depth sensor in its dragon-shaped face, as well as 22 force feedback actuators guiding it to pick up objects and deposit them in bins.

After receiving instructions wirelessly from a tablet, the little dragon bot was able to carry out its tasks autonomously.

The company also made available printing specs and source code for a much smaller robot called the Qualcomm Micro Rover, see the picture. It’s a small, 3D-printable tread crawler with camera-enabled “vision,” powered and guided via simple servo instructions by a smartphone it wears on its back.