Our previous exclusive report featuring the new GR-001 humanoid robot kit from HPI Racing covered the overall robot design and hardware along with a video of the robot in action. But hardware is only one part of the total picture, so in this report we'll give you an exclusive pre-sales look at the software application that comes with this exciting robot.
We should point out that our evaluation was based on the GR-001 robot kit that will be released for sale in Japan by HPI later this month. All of our testing was done with the Japanese version of the product and software, so as they commonly say in the automotive business, "your mileage may vary."
We first saw an early version of the HPI GR-001 humanoid robot at a trade show here in Japan a couple of months ago, and liked what we saw. Now, since it's almost ready to be released for sale, we tracked down one of the production robots and arranged for an extended hands-on, no holds bared, session. The net result? We like it even more!
We'll be posting detailed information, photos, notes, and some additional videos here on Robots Dreams from our evaluation session with the GR-001. But, just to kick things off, we put together a 3+ minute video clip (see below) to highlight just a few of the robot's most impressive features.