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Séverine Valerius - 11/06/2014

Poppy, the robot from Bordeaux, meets François Hollande within the framework of French Tech

On 11 June François Hollande, the French president, welcomed investors and entrepreneurs who will be forging the French economy of tomorrow. Among these visitors was Poppy, the open-source 3D-printed humanoid robot from Bordeaux.

Poppy is a small open-source 3D-printed humanoid robot (84cm, 3kg) created by the Flowers research team. Matthieu Lapeyre, PhD student, and Pierre Rouanet, engineer, are working on this joint robotics platform, under the supervision of Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, the team leader. Its aim is to test the different mechanical morphologies and control algorithms of the robot and to share the results obtained between users.

Since the opening of the platform, several projects have begun around the world, in very diverse areas (research, art, education,...).

It was in a different context entirely that Poppy met the French president, François Hollande, on 11 June 2014. Indeed, as one of the initiatives proposed within the "French Tech" framework (a collective name for all those working in or for French start-ups in France or abroad), the president met those who are committed to the growth and international influence of French start-ups

Poppy le robot humanoïde et François Hollande, président de la République

This encounter aside, Poppy is also coming to schools and FabLabs in order to educate people about the digital world. 

On this occasion, a video showing how it comes to life has just been published.

Keywords: Poppy Flowers project-team Robotics French Tech Innovation