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:
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: