Blue Frog Robotics, the French company crowdfunding the “BUDDY” open-source companion robot on Indiegogo, has announced the first details of its SDK and developer program.
The BUDDY Developer Edition includes enrollment in the developer program, which provides access to BUDDY’s open-source community, technical support and the software development kit. The BUDDY SDK includes:
- A visual programming tool based on the Unity 3D cross-platform development engine
- Library creation tools
- A library of animations, sounds and vocalizations
- A text-to-speech tool for BUDDY’s voice
- A virtual simulator for developing and observing basic animations, timelines and behaviors without the robot hardware
The BUDDY Indiegogo campaign is currently almost 250% funded with close to US$245,000 raised and 22 days remaining in the campaign. The early bird BUDDY Developer Edition is expected to ship in late 2015.