The goal of this project is to design and build a robotic companion with some degree of autonomy and the ability to interact with the user in unique ways. One of my biggest focuses for this project is finding ways to give IRA character and make them feel alive. I have done a lot of research into animatronics for this purpose. IRA 2.0's form and look was greatly inspired by fictional carnivorous plants and other similar shapes/mechanisms. As stated in my original project, I eventually want to make IRA modular and give them different chassis to serve different purposes. My goal is to have this done in time for the 2021 hackaday prize, but I found out about it kind of late so it's a race against the clock.
I have encountered a few technical and logistical challenges which will prevent me from submitting IRA for the 2021 Hackaday prize. My current computer's condition is getting worse by the day, making nearly impossible to do anything design related. The good news is that I am building a PC and most of my parts have already arrived. I will continue developing IRA and many more projects once my PC is built.