Hobby robot Robovie packs PC power
Japanese robot maker Vstone has announced a premium humanoid hobby robot that runs on its own PC, enabling easier programming and better functions.
Osaka, Japan-based robot maker Vstone has announced a new humanoid hobby robot that has its own 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, compatible with Windows and Linux.
Robovie-PC attempts to fill the gap between high-end machines in research labs and competitive hobby bots as seen inand .
The 15.3-inch Robovie-PC comes preassembled and has an impressive 20 degrees of mechanical freedom, a gyro sensor and accelerometer, as well as onboard Wi-Fi and a 1.3-megapixel CMOS head camera that allows users to see through its "eyes."
You can also connect two USB devices, a monitor and LAN cable to the robot. With all its electronics, it tips the scales at 4.8 pounds with the 7.2V NiMH battery loaded.
The price? About $4,500. Grasping hands, body shell coloring, and elbow servos are extra. Vstone aims to sell 50 units annually. See more pics of Robovie-PC here.
In this video from Vstone, Robovie is being controlled through wireless LAN while sending head camera data to the operator.
(Via Robot Watch)