Dec 072005
 
Manoi Humanoid Robot

Manoi
source: Akihabaranews.com

Although it won’t be available commercially until mid-summer 2006, the Manoi made its debut at IREX last week. Manufactured by KYOSHO Corporation in conjunction with Kondo Kagaku Co., Ltd., the Manoi consists of a Tomotaka Takahashi-designed outer skin on top of a Kondo KHR-1 skeleton. The Manoi is very similar in appearance to the other robots Takahashi created at the Robo Garage including the Chronio and the Neon. According to KYOSHO, the outer covering, or “costume” as they call it, does not impede Manoi’s movement in any way, allowing for the same performance as the KHR-1. The projected price is $1400 USD which seems like a great deal since the unassembled KHR-1 kits are currently selling for $1445 in the US.

 

Dec 022005
 
Kondo KHR-1

Kondo KHR-1
source: Akihabaranews.com

Although it’s been around for more than a year and a half, the Kondo KHR-1 robot made an appearance at IREX this week showing off its moves. Sozbots, Kondo’s manufacturer, bills it as a “fighting” robot, which makes sense since it was initially designed for participation in the Robo-One Robot Fighting Tournaments. Weighing 1.2 kg and standing 34 cm tall, the KHR-1 is available for purchase in the US for $1445 at Robo-One-USA.com. The robot comes as a kit and must be assembled from its raw parts. RoboSavvy.com has a very thorough guide detailing the assembly process from start to finish. It is definitely a project for serious amateur roboticists.