As our regular readers are already aware, the new RoboPhilo humanoid robot will be unveiled at iHobby Expo 2007 this week in Chicago. It will be definitely be interesting to see how the crowds react to this innovative new product and it's very attractive price/performance.
Unfortunately, we're hard at work here in Chiba, Japan this week, and won't be able to make it to the show in person. Still, if any of you are able to attend the show, please send us some photos and a brief write-up. We'd be happy to post them on Robots Dreams with full credit to you and a link back to your website.
And, just to provide a little extra encouragement, we put together a short video of RoboPhilo in action (see below).
In September, we were lucky enough to have access to one of the final pre-production RoboPhilo robots, and definitely put it through its paces. The results of our extensive testing will appear in a multiple page review in the Winter 2007 issue of Robot Magazine. Still, without spoiling the 'story', we can tell you that we were very impressed and already have several projects underway to do things like adding gyros for improved stability, expanding the motion editor functionality, etc.
Our evaluation unit didn't have the sexy markings shown in the product catalog, but otherwise it was identical to the robots that will make their first US appearance at iHobby Expo on Thursday.