Kondo KHR-2HV Humanoid Robot Kit

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Sunday, 22 April 2007


The KondoCup Robot Soccer competition was held November 5, 2006 in Akihabara. This video features the 'Kondo' classification including KHR-1 and KHR-2HV robots. For more information visit Robots Dreams

See Here: AKIBA ROBOT FESTIVAL: KondoCup Robot Soccer

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Kondo KHR-2HV Shows Off It's Moves

The new KHR-2HV humanoid robot was just released at the beginning of June and has turned out to be extremely popular. This demo was captured on video on June 11th in the Asakusa district of Tokyo, known for it's summer festivals as you can

See Here: Kondo KHR-2HV Shows Off It's Moves

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Kondo KHR-2HV Robot Simulation - Webots

Laurent Lessieux created a fully functional 3D simulation of the Kondo KHR-2HV humanoid robot using the Webots application. For more information visit Robots Dreams

See Here: Kondo KHR-2HV Robot Simulation - Webots
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Kondo KHR-2HV Demonstration (Video)

Kondo is one of the charter sponsors of the ROBO-ONE robot competitions in Japan, and demonstrated their new KHR-2HV humanoid robot at the September, 2006 competition. For more information visit Robots Dreams

See Here: Kondo KHR-2HV Demonstration

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Friday, 20 April 2007

Kondo KHR-2HV bot gets robotic suit upgrade

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While Kondo's KHR-2HV robot is plenty capable as far as relatively inexpensive robot kits go, it isn't exactly much of a looker. Kondo doesn't appear to be quite ready to give up on the title of most eligible robot just yet though, with the company now releasing the A-621 GENEX suit to add a bit more style to our humble bucket of bolts. To show off his sporting side, Kondo's also supplying a series of decals of soccer uniforms (sold separately), which should also help him stand out at the next RoboCup. Look for the entire wardrobe to be available in Japan in the next few weeks, with the GENEX suit setting you back ?18,000 ($152) and the soccer uniform sets running ?1,260, or about ten bucks apiece.

(Via: engadget.com)

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KONDO KHR-2HV in Top 10 robots selected for Robot Award 2006

GRAND PRIZE: Robotic building cleaning system (Fuji Heavy Industries and Sumitomo). The system received high marks for its efficiency and its ability to work both independently and alongside humans. The judges believe the robot has great potential to develop the market for robotic cleaning systems, as well as establish new business models in which robots and humans work side by side to provide inexpensive cleaning services.

The judges gave high marks to KHR-2HV for its relatively low price tag and its popularity with individual users both young and old. KHR-2HV was also recognized for fostering closer ties between humans and robots, as well as for its educational value.

HONORABLE MENTION: My Spoon (SECOM). The judges awarded their special prize to My Spoon for its contributions to society. The robot has received praise both in Japan and overseas for helping people enjoy the meals they want to eat and enabling them to eat with friends and family. The judges recognized the high quality of My Spoon resulting from Secom’s close cooperation with users and medical professionals in the development phase. They also like it because it is affordable.

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has announced its top ten lists of finalists for the 2006 Robot Award. The ten robots selected from 152 applications fall into four categories — service robots, industrial robots, public sector robots, and small- to medium-sized venture robots.

METI established the annual Robot Award this year to recognize outstanding developments in the field of robotics, encourage further research and development, and stimulate demand. Winners of the grand prize and the special prize for small- to medium-sized ventures will be announced on December 21.
Here’s a rundown of the top robots in each category…

- Paro — seal robot with therapeutic properties (Intelligent System/ AIST/ Microgenics) Paro is a furry white robot modeled after a baby harp seal. Paro can serve as a pet alternative for general households, and research has shown that Paro has therapeutic effects on patients. Paro’s entire body is covered in tactile sensors, and its actuators provide it with smooth movement. Lovingly crafted one by one, Paro is recognized for its safety, cleanliness, user-friendliness and durability. About 800 of the robotic seals have been adopted around Japan, and Paro’s future plans include overseas travel.- My Spoon — meal assistance robot (SECOM)Designed to assist patients unable to use their hands, My Spoon enables users to enjoy ordinary meals by transporting food from a tray to the patient’s mouth, one bite at a time. Users can select from three levels of control — manual (joystick control), semi-automatic or fully automatic — to best suit their physical condition. My Spoon is available outside Japan, in the Netherlands and other locations in Europe.

- Robotic building cleaning system (Fuji Heavy Industries/ Sumitomo) this autonomous robot roams the hallways of buildings, performing cleaning operations along the way. Capable of controlling elevators, the robot can move from floor to floor unsupervised, and it returns to its start location once it has finished cleaning. The robot is currently employed as a janitor at 10 high-rise buildings in Japan, including Harumi Triton Square and Roppongi Hills.

- MOTOMAN-DIA10/ MOTOMAN-IA20 (Yaskawa Electric) these industrial robot arms are capable of human-like movement, which is great news for factories worried about Japan’s shrinking population (and human labor force). The DIA10 consists of two 7-axis arms mounted on a torso. According to this spec sheet (PDF), the robot has the “finesse of the human arm without the physical limitations.” The same 7-axis design is incorporated into the IA20, a “snake” robot with great freedom of movement and the ability to operate in tight spaces.
- High-speed reliability verification robot (Denso Wave)
This robot relies on advanced machine vision technology to perform automated inspections on the go. Highly reliable inspections can be performed at each location without stopping the line, allowing for speedier and more cost-effective operations.

- Tele-operated construction equipment (Fujita/ Technical Office of Kyushu, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (Kyugi)) these remote-control unmanned construction machines were originally developed for dangerous recovery operations following disasters such as avalanches and rockslides. Designed to prevent the occurrence of secondary disasters and greatly limit further damage and injury, these robots were deployed at the site of a disastrous mudslide that occurred in Okinawa in June 2006.
- Urashima — deep-sea autonomous underwater vehicle (Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology) Urashima is a remotely operated vehicle for deep-sea exploration. The 10-meter long vessel relies on hydrogen-based fuel cell batteries that allow it to travel much greater distances than vessels powered by standard lithium-ion batteries. Urashima is expected to play an important role in pre-dive surveys for manned submarines and in the survey of areas considered dangerous for or inaccessible by manned research submarines.

- URG Series scanning laser range finders (Hokuyo) These lightweight, compact laser range finders feature low power consumption, making them ideal sensors for autonomous mobile robots.
-KHR-2HV (Kondo) KHR-2HV is a high-performance build-it-yourself biped humanoid robot kit. The popular KHR-2HV is faster, lighter and more agile than its predecessor, KHR-1, and it is packed with more controls, gears, servos and software. Seventeen adjustable joints allow KHR-2HV to perform back flips, cartwheels and human-like moves, and USB connectivity means you can teach it lots of neat tricks.

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- Squid-fishing machine (Towa Denki) Towa Denki has made a number of improvements to its automated squid-fishing machines since the company began manufacturing them in the 1970s. Relying on functions such as high-tech load detectors, squid finders and water depth detectors, the machines can perform automated operations that boost squid-fishing productivity.

(Via: pinktentacle.com and robotaward.jp)

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Kondo KHR-2HV Robot Simulation Using Webots

Why does that robot look so happy?

Simple, it's just been successfully simulated to a surprisingly degree by Laurent Lessee using the Webots robot simulation software application. The robot is a Kondo KHR-2HV humanoid. For this simulation project, Laurent not only simulated the physical aspects of the robot, he also created additional programs to simulate the RCB3 on-board robot controller within the Webots system.

Laurent is one of the few people in the world currently building sophisticated humanoid robot simulation models. Prior to simulating the KHR-2HV in Webots, Laurent successfully simulated the same robot using the Microsoft Robotics Studio tools, so we really wanted to track him down to find out some of his secrets, and to hear his comparisons between the two robot simulation packages.


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Lem: Could you give us a brief overview of the process you followed to create the KHR-2HV simulation in Webots?

Laurent: Sure. Here's a quick outline:
  • Simplification of the Kondo KHR-2HV model
  • Separation of the model into individual parts
  • Creation of tools to generate the parts and related information for Webots
  • Generation of bounding box and Convex hulls for visualization of the robot
  • Creation of a RCB3 controller simulation program for use in Webots
  • RCB file support
  • Scenario support
  • Keyboard functionality to simulate the remote control
  • Creation of a sensor simulation program for Webots
  • Program was designed to simulate both gyros and an accelerometer, but Only the accelerometer has been tested so far
  • Texture mapping tool
I decided to build a basic software tool set to automatically generate the Webots model from simple data. The input source selected was a 3D model in Wave front Obj format. Even though it took more time to build and test the tool set, I chose this approach so that the tools could be reused when I need to simulate another robot.

(Via: Robots-Dreams.com and Read More)

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