Robot Force in Japan has prototyped an elegant bipedal humanoid robot in kit form. It can walk, swing its arms to fight, and pick itself back up when it's on the ground. Its personality reminds me of a new baby's uncoordinated herky-jerky arm motions. From Robot Dreams:
ROBO-ONE type bipedal humanoid robots were first introduced a little over four years ago. Almost all of the current designs have at least 16 or more servo motors, advanced controller boards, and fairly involved kinematics. That's fine for the real devoted (maniac) robot fans, but as the robots have gotten more and more complex they have become way too difficult for the novice fans to master. One Osaka-based company, Robot Force, has a passion for creating simpler robot designs and kits that encourage and motivate people just getting started in robotics. Their latest creation, a fully functional walking and fighting robot, is truly amazing as you can see in the video clip below. And, it uses only 3 (yes, we said 'ONLY THREE') servos!Link to Robot Dreams, Link to Robot Force's site (via MAKE: Blog)
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