RoboPhilo, Cheap? (Videos)
“The light weight frame makes more sense because of the low torque of the servos. This made me think. What if you could buy the robot now and then upgrade the servos and the brackets at a later date? That is when I realized that this was a Robonova-1 dressed in a cheap disguise.”
My thoughts of RoboPhilo, from what I saw at iHobby Expo 2007, are:
- Cool (in general).
- Torque is low in the servos, may restrict heavy add-ons.
- A bit shaky, not solid firm movements.
- Plastic (not good or bad).
- User friendly, utilizes a graphical interface for newbies, yet soon you will be able to program in “C” with an add-on SDK.
- Servos will be up-gradeable, no price set.
It is clear that you can not fight against a RoboNova-1, with RoboPhilo, but you could start a RoboPhilo group so that with hacks, all robots will be more or less in the same class.
If you have the money to buy a RoboNova-1, RBT-1, Bioloid, etc. you should get one of those, but if you don’t have a $1,000 to spend, RoboPhilo seems to be worth the $500 USD ($400 USD for the kit), and with RoboPhilo you can “upgrade as you go!”
If you get the kit for RoboPhilo, you will get to see the workings of the humanoid robot, and save yourself $100 USD over the pre-built.
Add-ons, like gyros, extra servos, and acelometors are possible, because RoboPhilo has 8 extra I/O ports and 4 un-used servo channel ports on the hacker favorite Atmel powered controller.
I’m sure we will be seeing cool software, and hardware hacks in the near future on RoboPhilo!