Archive for November, 2006

A new KHR-series Kondo humanoid robot is coming out… and we’ll be carrying it!

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Kondo has yet another humanoid biped robot to add to their product line called the Kondo KHR-1HV.

kondo khr-1hv

Oddly enough, the name has a lower version number than the previous version of the KHR series robot, the KHR-2HV. That aside, this new version sports 19 degrees of freedom, which enables the humanoid to rotate each leg independently at the hip. Additionally, each shoulder in the KHR-1HV are now equipped with KRS-4024SHV servos which are metal geared, and have greater range of rotation. Of course, all of these upgrades come with a cost; Estimated at 126,000 yen (about $1,091 US).

It looks like this robot has quite a bit more potential than the 2HV. I can just see it now… Kondo Martial Art Competitions!!

Thanks to our friends at Robot Dreams for finding this lead!

UPDATE: We are now carrying this Kondo 1HV!!

Hobby Level Pan and Tilt Robot on Steroids

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

Our friends over at Servo City have quite an impressive pan and tilt for sale.

Pan and Tilt

The pan and tilt are sold separately as individual systems, delivering a fully customizable product suited to almost every customers needs. Straight from Servo City:

“There are tons of combinations to fit just about any application. We offer systems that range from extremely fast to unbelievably powerful.”

Combined with metal gearing, some of these configurations are powerful enough to carry a load as heavy as a Cannon XL1 camera.

Pan and Tilt

We don’t carry this kit in our own catalog as of yet, but we plan on talking to Servo City in the coming months. Combined with the Phidget 4-motor servo kit, the possibilities are endless!!

IFI to Market Upgraded Vex Robotics System

Friday, November 3rd, 2006
Vex Scoop Robot Magazine

Revell Monogram and Innovation First, Inc. (IFI) announced a global partnership for the design, marketing and distribution of the newly expanded Vex Robotics System. Robot Magazine uncovered this exclusive, sneak preview of the new system, which is based on the award-winning Vex platform first introduced in 2005.

Read about the scoop here!


New Robot Magazine – Bioloid Review

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

Robot Magazine

The new robot magazine has hit the stands and it’s a good one. The Bioloid kit we sent over for review made the cover article. (You can find the kits here.)

We also cowrote an article with Peter DelMastro called “Motor Control for PC Based Robots” which is a great starter article for people wanting to get into PC based robotics.

Pick up your copy today !