New Bioloid Premium Humanoid Robot (Video)

We got our first look at the new Bioloid Premium humanoid robot, designed and manufactured by Robotis, at RoboGames 2009 in June. It was quite impressive, exciting actually, and will definitely give the other humanoid kit robots a real run for their money. But, since we haven’t had the chance to test one ourselves yet, we have been hesitating to post very much about it.

Fortunately Limor and his crew over at RoboSavvy have their initial units, and have started disclosing their findings. First, here’s a video clip they put together during the robot assembly:

Do they like it? Their simple answer is a resounding YES! Here’s what they had to say:

“Just finished assembling the new Bioloid Premium humanoid from Robotis (this is the type B - second of 3 - documented humanoid configurations). The zigbee zig100 module is assembled into the head and also into the RC100 remote control. We didnt know if the servos were rightly alligned or if there were any pre-programmed moves in the new CM510 controller. Surprizingly all seems to work. The light in the head is zig100. The servos seem to move much faster, and dont make any noise. We think this is due to the new LiPo battery with higher voltage higher voltage because the servos are the same AX12+ models as in the Bioloid Comprehensive. The new look is great! (wire routing, transparent head and chest cover, controler and battery cases.”

You can follow their adventures with the new Bioloid on the RoboSavvy forums.

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UK Robot Gathering Gains Momentum, and Feet (Video)

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A small but active and extremely dedicated group of UK robot builders that connected via the RoboSavvy online forums have started to gather regularly to compete, share information, and show off their creations. The group, which includes humanoid, hexapod, and other types of robots, meets during the regular ROBOtic competitions in Birmingham.

BillB, one of the RoboSavvy hexapod fanatics was kind enough to share the video (see below) of their most recent meet-up.

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Robot Servo Serial Mode Comparision

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Many robot servo manufacturers sell servos that can be controlled serially, but unfortunately their implementations aren't typically well documented which makes it difficult to make design choices. However, the Aichi Institute of Technology Tetsujin Project website has a fairly detailed webpage comparing serial servo designs from Hitec, Kondo, Robotis, and Futaba. Here's the original webpage, and a Google translated version.

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UK RoboSavvy Humanoid Event-Part 1 (Video)

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Almost instantly after we mentioned that we would like to see some photos and videos from the UK humanoid event that was held last weekend, Orac pinged us with a pointer to the files. It looks like everyone had a fantastic time.

ROBO-ONE style robotics had definitely taken hold in the UK, which is extremely encouraging. Hopefully it will motivate some of the humanoid robot kit manufacturers to take the market and customers outside of Japan seriously.

We're going to post several of the videos from the event, which was organized by active UK based members of the popular RoboSavvy robot forums. To get things off to a good start, here's a highlight video put together by OraNova (BillB).

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Korean Robot Event Goes Global

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Rob Farrell reports from the Korean Robot Games Festival:

"Great time had by all! Wish you were here. We met some many great people and saw and competed with some amazing robots. We will post some videos soon but we wanted to get this one picture off to you right away."

In the photo from Rob above, left to right: Team Robotica from Spain (Oriel, Toni Casas and their robot Chiquilicuatre); Farrell Robotics from the US (Chris and Rob with Oro and Zog): and the Sugiura's from Japan with Mega-Dynamizer. All of their robots are based on Robotis servos and components.

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American Humanoid Robot Spotted in Japan

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We were flipping through the pages of the latest issue of Robocon Magazine, trying to decide which robot articles were interesting enough to invest all the time and effort in translation. Well, to be perfectly honest, all the robot articles are all 'interesting enough', but given our poor command of Japanese kanji, the translation process can be painfully slow.

Then, we happened to glance at the Robotis Dynamixel advertisement, and one robot immediately caught our attention. ZOG! One of the RoboGames champion humanoid robots designed by Farrell Robotics.

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He's in good company too - surrounded by other high performance humanoids like Dynamizer, Hajime Robot 18, the NIMBRO RoboCup team, and Gadget 2. Of course we realize that it's an ad, and that Robotis is trying to promote their products by showcasing some of the builders that use them. Still, it's quite an honor for ZOG to share the stage with some of the best humanoid robotics has to offer.

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