According to a Robot Watch news story, Takara Tomy announced today that their Omnibot 2007 humanoid robot will hit store shelves this July priced at 31,290 yen. The company claims that the Omnibot will be the smallest bipedal robot in the world. Standing only 165 mm high, the new robot weighs 350 grams, yet has 17 degrees of freedom. The robot uses a special IR remote control.
A more advanced Omnibot model equipped with a head mounted camera will be introduced for sale in October for 41,790 yen. The camera can be rotated left and right by 60 degrees and the images transmitted to a PC or cell phone using the built-in wireless LAN connection.