The Leaf Project is a group robot development program whose objective is to develop a robot platform that supports experiments with artificial intelligence, computer vision|vision, navigation, etc.
Leaf was created by Bruce Weimer. He is an artificial life program. Leaf was inspired by the computer game Creatures (artificial life program)|Creatures, by Steve Grand, in which artificial beings hatch, develop, and interact in a simulated environment.
- has an artificial personality
- is an open source project
- responds to spoken commands
- responds to visual information
- can be used with just a Personal computer
- can be interfaced to a robot through his own circuit board
- is programmed in LISP
- can use a CSLU Toolkit animated face
- uses Robin Hewitt's webcam implementation to for vision
- can be completely customized and users are encouraged to customize and improve him
- software is currently used in an R2-D2 replica
- has a hardware/ electronic platform created by Alex Brown that supports basic mobility, sensing and control from an on-board PC
Three Leaf robots were completed in 2004 and four more were built in 2006.