People have a lot of requirements when it comes to robotics, and this is a good reason to introduce customizable kits. HR-OS1 is more than an open-source humanoid robot kit. It is a platform where three concepts are blended together in a single body: modularity, open-source, and Internet of Things.
Overall the kit catches my attention with three features: it has a metal frame with modular system for adding additional components and custom 3D printed parts, it can connect wirelessly with a smartphone or a tablet, and it is powered by Intel Edison processor.
Only through sharing, collaboration and using the open-source concept can be developed a community around the HR-OS1 robot. However, where is a large community of users that shares ideas, applications, tips and tricks, the manufacturer can refresh the HR-OS series with new versions such as HR-OS2, HR-OS3,.. and improved features based on the community feedback. This is the right equation for a platform featured enough to cut a piece from the users of PR2, HRP-4, DARwIn-OP, NAO Next Gen and others.
The price is another reason to use the HR-OS1. Compared with other research and educational platforms, the $1,600 price of HR-OS1 is like spending money to drink beer instead traveling to Dubai.
Customization is the keyword of the HR-OS1 kit and is the key in developing distinct robots with unique electronics and shells based on the same skeleton.
Do you want to know more about Intel Edison? Read: Intel Edison: Putting it All Together
Digging deep into specifications, the robot has attached 20 AX-12A robot actuators, gyro and accelerometer sensors, and of course the Intel Edison computing platform with built-in Wifi and Bluetooth modules for connectivity, which in the maker area is comparable with a dragon that breathes fire.
For additional sensors, motors, LEDs, and more parts, the robot is featured with 16 x 12-bit analog inputs which are more than enough to build your custom and well-equipped humanoid bot.
The robot runs the same Linux software as DARwin-OP based on an open-source C++ framework with Node.JS that allows developers to write mobile applications easily.
The 3D printing technology exists? Yes, exist for over 30 years and is used worldwide in a variety of application. The open-source concept exists? Yes, exists and is one of the most important ideas in the makers’ community. Do you want to put a smartphone in it chest? Just do it. Do you want a blue robot? Just printed. Do you want HR-OS1? Just buy it.