Heathkit brings back the HERO Robot!

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Bill Loguidice
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It looks like Heathkit is bringing back the original HERO robot in a nifty redesign for the 21st century:

http://www.heathkit.com/herobot.html
http://deviceguru.com/2007/12/25/heathkit-reincarnates-the-hero-robot/

No price has been given prior to its imminent release, but it sounds like it won't come cheap for home users (though I LOVE the specs!), so I'll probably be sticking with my original (read: old and outdated early 1980's) upgraded Hero Jr for a while longer:

HERO JR RT-1HERO JR RT-1

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Lucy Lui- and Marilyn Monroe-bot
forcefield58 wrote:
Mark Vergeer wrote:

Something with true AI - I would love to tinker around with a truly intelligent robot and 'robot-emotions'.
I am probably rather deformed in what I want in a Robot though.

Did you ever see the Sci-Fi, action adventure movie "Cherry 2000". That's my idea of a perfect robot, hahahahaha!!!!! Not Melanie Griffith, but the Robot model Cherry 2000 that every guy has.

Cheers/Frank

Of course with just a bit more plastic surgery, Melanie Griffith could pass for an artificial life form. Futurama did the whole sex bot/decline of civilization thing best though: http://kreskowki.fani.pl/videos/view/6747



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Cherry 2000
Mark Vergeer wrote:

Something with true AI - I would love to tinker around with a truly intelligent robot and 'robot-emotions'.
I am probably rather deformed in what I want in a Robot though.

Did you ever see the Sci-Fi, action adventure movie "Cherry 2000". That's my idea of a perfect robot, hahahahaha!!!!! Not Melanie Griffith, but the Robot model Cherry 2000 that every guy has.

Cheers/Frank

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Taking robots for what they are
Mark Vergeer wrote:

Something with true AI - I would love to tinker around with a truly intelligent robot and 'robot-emotions'.
I am probably rather deformed in what I want in a Robot though.

No, just unrealistic at this time. There is a lot of good research and development going on, particularly at universities into researching how to develop AI in robots (for instance: http://www.pbs.org/saf/1510/features/breazeal2.htm), but sadly, we're still a long way off. We don't have true AI in computers, even though limited research and development has been going on in this area since at least the 60s, so I imagine once that happens, where processing can be more devoted than it would be with a device with appendages, we can then start to predict the coming of AI bots.

Regardless, with my obvious interest in all eras videogames and computers, it's kind of natural (at least from my perspective) to have an interest in personal robots as well, even if they are only at a roughly 1985 equivalent/analogue to personal computing development...



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Something with true AI

Something with true AI - I would love to tinker around with a truly intelligent robot and 'robot-emotions'.
I am probably rather deformed in what I want in a Robot though.



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Mark Vergeer wrote:

I class this as early-adopter-material.

Well, it's being targeted to educational markets anyway, and at that price, it's only for the super-enthusiast or such markets. Out of curiosity, what is your definition of a "functional robot"? I don't think we have anywhere near the AI engineering to create a truly intelligent robot as of yet, especially one within a reasonable price range.



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'a moving PC' hardly is a functional robot though

I class this as early-adopter-material.



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Home Robotics - Yes and No
Mark Vergeer wrote:

Expensive and probably will end up not being able to do anything useful or funny. :(
Alas, but I think it just to early for home robotics yet.

Well, again, this new Heathkit robot is more of an educational tool and since it's powered by a full PC, there SHOULD be some decent uses for the thing. At the same time though, "useful" home robotics are still defined by the products from Roomba, which includes the vacuum, mopper, gutter cleaner, pool cleaner, etc. -- single purpose robots that do that function quite well. So it's essentially either a specific worker robot that still requires some user intervention (emptying the dust bin, making sure it can either reach its charger or be charged, etc.), toy/pet robot (that new Pleo dinosaur robot is definitely a next gen implementation of this) or a hobby robot/kit (Heathkit robot, Lego, etc.).



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Expensive and probably will end up.....

Expensive and probably will end up not being able to do anything useful or funny. :(
Alas, but I think it just to early for home robotics yet.



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Hero Robots
koviatt wrote:

Surprised to see this new offering by Heath Zenith. This is an exciting system!

When Hero Jr came out - my wife and I built it together. Then spent endless hours programming him. I submitted several sample programs to Heath, and they sent me a commendation letter and gift certificate. He was our first child. We were so proud. LOL

Recently replaced the batteries with a 9 AHhr 12 volt cell. That should last a while! After a little tweaking, "Theodore" is back up and bumping into stuff around the house.

I have a little info on my Jr here after the Roomba stuff: http://armchairarcade.com/neo/node/1571 . As you can see, when I got it, it already had a few tweaks/upgrades in place. I traded in the one cartridge it had for a multi-cart and also got a new battery, since the old one wasn't really a matching type and was not holding a charge. I have yet to put the new battery in, but I'm looking forward to doing that soon (along with programming it both on-board and from a computer) and posting all about it. We'd love to hear more about yours, koviatt, in a new topic (blog, preferably) with images and/or videos if possible!



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Hero JR

Surprised to see this new offering by Heath Zenith. This is an exciting system!

When Hero Jr came out - my wife and I built it together. Then spent endless hours programming him. I submitted several sample programs to Heath, and they sent me a commendation letter and gift certificate. He was our first child. We were so proud. LOL

Recently replaced the batteries with a 9 AHhr 12 volt cell. That should last a while! After a little tweaking, "Theodore" is back up and bumping into stuff around the house.

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