Spartacus has arrived and he's a sharp cookie! He can move, chat and pretty much look like an honest good robot (he appreciates it when tell him that he's a good robot). However, the processing power required for facial recognition, time lag in communicating with various web services, USB device/component quality and fragile frame limits how far I can take this project. In any case, I've learned quite a bit and as you can see from this video, who wouldn't want a Spartacus?
So what's next? Well, I've just received a few unassembled uArms, about to order Makeblocks, installed ROS on my laptop, have a spare HD webcam, etc. This is going to be a great summer! Stay tuned friends.