It’s hard to believe, but it has actually been less than two full years since the original Kondo KHR-1bipedal robot kit was released for sale. Prior to the KHR-1, all the bipedal robots were custom designs, with each pioneering experimentor, like Morinaga-san, trying to put together a working robot from individual parts.
When Kondo, certainly one of the world’s leading servo manufacturers, realized that some of their distributors were suddenly out of stock for high performance servos because experimentors were buying them in lots of 17 or more, they decided to figure out what was going on.
It didn’t take them long to discover the latent demand for a robust, well thought out, bipedal robot design. So, in June of 2004, they released the KHR-1 robot kit for sale. In a very short period of time, the KHR-1 became the defacto standard. It’s still the primary platform of choice for a large percentage of the Robo-One competition robot designs.
To celebrate the 2nd KHR-1 anniversary, Kondo has announced they will stage a two day event in Tokyo, at the Asakusa Rox 3 on June 10th and 11th. The event details are still to come, but given the way that Kondo usually does things, this celebration should certainly be memorable, and not to be missed by any dedicated robot fan.
Kondo Robot News (Japanese)