During a joint Takara/Tomy and Sanyo press event in Osaka earlier today it was revealed that Guinness has officially certified the i-SOBOT humanoid robot as "The smallest humanoid robot in production."
The tiny, yet fully functional, robot stands only 165 mm (6.5 inches) tall and features 17 custom designed servos that allow it to achieve performance, movement, and flexibility of other humanoid robots that typically retail for a $1,000 or more. In contrast, the i-SOBOT is expected to go on sale in the US and Japan this October at a list price of approximately $350.
i-SOBOT was developed for optimum performance and play time using the Sanyo Eneloop rechargable batteries, though it can use other rechargeables or even standard alkaline batteries.
i-SOBOT was literally walking on air today when it heard about the certification from Guinness!
To give you a quick feel for why everyone is so excited about i-SOBOT, we put together this brief video clip showing just two of its 180+ preprogrammed actions-
Most other humanoid robot manufacturers use the term 'motions' or 'motion sequences' but Tomy prefers 'actions' because i-SOBOT not only moves, it also speaks and plays background music/sound effects at the same time. It's a"real 'piece of work."