Monday, December 7, 2009

MANOI: The Domestic Robot With An Attitude

Not many domestic robots have an attitude but MANOI definitely has one. He thinks he is cool and can prove it by break dancing and doing a fantastic job at it! MANOI is another kid robot from the great roboticist Tomotaka Takahashi (he also wants to adopt him). MANOI is a small (approx. 2 Feet / 40 cm tall) remote controlled humanoid robot that can replay pre-programmed routines. He is battery powered, weighing only 3.5 pounds / 1.6 Kg with 17 degrees of freedom on a anime-inspired plastic body makes him a very popular robot in Japan! You can pick one up if you have about US$1500 laying around.

Here is pictures of MANOI with his full anime-inspired plastic body (cool looking):





















and here is MANOI naked and showing off his innards (not that good looking):





















The nice thing about MANOI is when you see him in action like this video:


I personally think that the guys who shot the video of MANOI break dancing were inspired by this 2 year old video of my two friends (who now work for GMC) break dancing:


Both are great although I tend to like MANOI's moves much better without really "breaking"! Enjoy.

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