Futaba RBT-1 Ready for Pre-Sale… Sort of.

Hi everybody! I’d like to bring this week to a close with yet another new robot announcement. We’re going to be selling the Futaba RBT-1 Humanoid Robot (known overseas as the HPI GR-001) as soon as it’s released in the states, which should be sometime in June ’07. Here’s a mugshot of the beast in question:

RBT-1 SMASH!

Unlike the HPI kit already on sale in Japan, the RBT-1 Humanoid will come fully assembled and ready to do battle. Here’s what you’ll find when you open the box:

  • Assembled Humanoid robot
  • Built-in 3-axis accelerometer
  • RPU-11 processing unit
  • RRC-T11 2.4GHz controller
  • RRC-R11 Receiver
  • PR-4S780P 7.4V lithium ion polymer battery
  • LBC-3E5 charger
  • Motion Editor software
  • Manuals for robot and RPU-11

From what I hear, the 3D Motion Editor software is pretty slick. And what’s this? Another humanoid robot that comes with an accelerometer? I guess the manufacturers are finally figuring out that many of these bots, like many roboticists, are a little unbalanced. ;)

Anyhow, we’re all set up to start selling this fine piece of equipment as soon as it comes out. The retail price will be $1,699.99. Although we’re not technically taking preorders yet, we have set up a waiting list. Folks who sign up ahead of time will be given first dibs when these bots finally start shipping.

We are now carrying the Futaba RBT-1!

Here’s a moving picture for your enjoyment, courtesy of the fine folks at Robots-Dreams:

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