So you are fascinated with robots? You can’t become a master in robotics if you don’t experiment with real robots. TIAGo happens to be a robot designed for researchers. It is 100% ROS based and completely configurable with an arm reach of 75 cm. You get a laptop tray with USB and Ethernet ports for your hacking needs.
TIAGo can detect, recognize, and track faces. You can optionally use force/torque sensors on its wrist. The robot can detect objects with its sensors and manipulate them. The above video shows what TIAGo is all about.