Robonova VS JR RB1000.

RB1000, VS-H8PWM28V2 controller, DSR and RDS servos
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Post by rossoe » Tue Apr 18, 2006 11:56 am

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Tue Apr 18, 2006 11:56 am

I went throught the process of ordering a RB1000 to see how much their shipping charges are, and at the moment they are only selling within Germany !!!

I'm very impressed with the rotation at the hip - it's the only thing I thought the Robonova is really missing.

It's about (£620 inc vat) so it seems a great package considering it already has good leg articulation and head servo as well. compared to robonova which is around (£690 inc vat) and you would have to spend even more on Hitec upgrades

Wasn't too impressed with it's gait, But I assume that can be improved in time.

I wonder how the RB1000 servo's match up agianst the robonova's in terms of reliability.
I went throught the process of ordering a RB1000 to see how much their shipping charges are, and at the moment they are only selling within Germany !!!

I'm very impressed with the rotation at the hip - it's the only thing I thought the Robonova is really missing.

It's about (£620 inc vat) so it seems a great package considering it already has good leg articulation and head servo as well. compared to robonova which is around (£690 inc vat) and you would have to spend even more on Hitec upgrades

Wasn't too impressed with it's gait, But I assume that can be improved in time.

I wonder how the RB1000 servo's match up agianst the robonova's in terms of reliability.
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Post by yag-freak » Tue Apr 18, 2006 11:57 am

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I have seen the RB1000 in a trade fair in germany.
I don't like the articulation of the legs and hips. The robot cannot really bend forwards. So to see in the video at www.graupner.de. The last few inches he just falls forward.

At the moment I like the RN better, also because I have talked to a Hitec-Guy at the fair and he said, they are trying to get a "nice" solution for adding rotation to the hips :-) Can't wait for it.

The big point is really, that the RB is ment to be radio controlled. Perhaps better for the Robo-One stuff.

I personally like more to program autonomous things and put sensors in. So RN-1 with the IR or Bluetooth is the better thing for me.

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I have seen the RB1000 in a trade fair in germany.
I don't like the articulation of the legs and hips. The robot cannot really bend forwards. So to see in the video at www.graupner.de. The last few inches he just falls forward.

At the moment I like the RN better, also because I have talked to a Hitec-Guy at the fair and he said, they are trying to get a "nice" solution for adding rotation to the hips :-) Can't wait for it.

The big point is really, that the RB is ment to be radio controlled. Perhaps better for the Robo-One stuff.

I personally like more to program autonomous things and put sensors in. So RN-1 with the IR or Bluetooth is the better thing for me.

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Post by gsferrari » Tue Apr 18, 2006 12:10 pm

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Tue Apr 18, 2006 12:10 pm

If hitec comes out with a "nice" solution then I know where my money is going.

I love my RN...he looks ready to knock some sense into hapless humans :p
If hitec comes out with a "nice" solution then I know where my money is going.

I love my RN...he looks ready to knock some sense into hapless humans :p
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Post by oliver_s » Tue Apr 18, 2006 1:04 pm

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Tue Apr 18, 2006 1:04 pm

Looking at RN it seems like it would be pretty easy to make the hip turn.

Firstly I would turn the shoulder servo's through 90 degrees to get some more space in the body.
Secondly turn the current hip servo's through 90 degrees so the longer part of the servo faces outward.
Lastly put in another servo on top of the current hip servo to allow hip rotation.

The building is easy, it's the control that complicates matters. RoboBasic does allow you to rotate non-existant servos through real time control and insert them to the program but it isn't perfect. Ideally you would want a better control program so you could see the modified RN will all servos (including hands).
Looking at RN it seems like it would be pretty easy to make the hip turn.

Firstly I would turn the shoulder servo's through 90 degrees to get some more space in the body.
Secondly turn the current hip servo's through 90 degrees so the longer part of the servo faces outward.
Lastly put in another servo on top of the current hip servo to allow hip rotation.

The building is easy, it's the control that complicates matters. RoboBasic does allow you to rotate non-existant servos through real time control and insert them to the program but it isn't perfect. Ideally you would want a better control program so you could see the modified RN will all servos (including hands).
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Post by rossoe » Tue Apr 18, 2006 1:09 pm

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I'm banking on Hitec coming up with a solution, so I'm going to wait for that. I dread to think how much they will charge for it though. Hopefully they will allow you to buy the whole kit with improved legs and not just as an upgrade.
I'm banking on Hitec coming up with a solution, so I'm going to wait for that. I dread to think how much they will charge for it though. Hopefully they will allow you to buy the whole kit with improved legs and not just as an upgrade.
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Post by tempusmaster » Tue Apr 18, 2006 5:19 pm

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yag-freak wrote:The big point is really, that the RB is ment to be radio controlled. Perhaps better for the Robo-One stuff.


I guess I don't understand that comment. Could you explain in more detail?
yag-freak wrote:The big point is really, that the RB is ment to be radio controlled. Perhaps better for the Robo-One stuff.


I guess I don't understand that comment. Could you explain in more detail?
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Post by bauermech » Tue Apr 18, 2006 5:31 pm

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Tue Apr 18, 2006 5:31 pm

Looking at RN it seems like it would be pretty easy to make the hip turn.


I wouldn't think it'd be as easy as it seems. There's a lot that needs to go into a design like that. I mean, you have several factors to worry about - not only the servo positions, but things like: the chest and back plates, the interior brackets, the top plate - all need resized. What about the plastic torso covers? Surely they won't fit after makiong a modification like that. There's a lot of weight being supported by the hip, and not sure if it would be practical to use the standard HSR...HB servo. Hitec offers the next step up - a larger 333oz.in HSR servo. It’s different in size and in the way it's mounted.... BUT, has titanium gears! :D ...lot of work.

it's the control that complicates matters. RoboBasic does allow you to rotate non-existant servos through real time control and insert them to the program but it isn't perfect. Ideally you would want a better control program so you could see the modified RN will all servos (including hands).

I agree with you there. Also, the standard motion codes probably wouldn't play out the same after all the mods.
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Looking at RN it seems like it would be pretty easy to make the hip turn.


I wouldn't think it'd be as easy as it seems. There's a lot that needs to go into a design like that. I mean, you have several factors to worry about - not only the servo positions, but things like: the chest and back plates, the interior brackets, the top plate - all need resized. What about the plastic torso covers? Surely they won't fit after makiong a modification like that. There's a lot of weight being supported by the hip, and not sure if it would be practical to use the standard HSR...HB servo. Hitec offers the next step up - a larger 333oz.in HSR servo. It’s different in size and in the way it's mounted.... BUT, has titanium gears! :D ...lot of work.

it's the control that complicates matters. RoboBasic does allow you to rotate non-existant servos through real time control and insert them to the program but it isn't perfect. Ideally you would want a better control program so you could see the modified RN will all servos (including hands).

I agree with you there. Also, the standard motion codes probably wouldn't play out the same after all the mods.
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Post by oliver_s » Tue Apr 18, 2006 7:09 pm

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Perhaps I should have said a new body module to allow rotatable hips.

I did see one of the robo-one robots that had standard hips but the foot turned which is a slightly more novel approach.

For the loading the weight would be pushing into the servo which I see as being ok. I see the most stressed ones as the ankle and upper leg as these are constantly under load.

I see a home built hip mod quite a way away.
Perhaps I should have said a new body module to allow rotatable hips.

I did see one of the robo-one robots that had standard hips but the foot turned which is a slightly more novel approach.

For the loading the weight would be pushing into the servo which I see as being ok. I see the most stressed ones as the ankle and upper leg as these are constantly under load.

I see a home built hip mod quite a way away.
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Post by Gil » Tue Apr 18, 2006 7:55 pm

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About me buying a RN1

I'm from Romania... and in it. (aka all the disadvantages of living in Europe and none of the advantages)

Quote from the [url]Hitec Europe site[/url]
We accept orders only from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg. For other countries, please contact your local dealers.


The problem is that I couldn't locate an official dealer and any RC stores I talked to either simply refused or asked for outrageous sums ("You want a robot? ... psst... this guy wants a robot... he must be loaded! Let's rip him off" :cry: )

I could wait till 2007 when we join the EU and be sure I don't get screwed over with customs taxes but that doesn't exactly appeal to me.

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About RB1000 vs RN1


I didn't really notice the problem with leaning forward until now. You guys are right.

The thing with implementing twistable legs or a waist in RN is the fact that you need to cut/replace the torso chassis.
Also you'll have to automatically make it taller and that means readjusting all the limbs to fit the new dimensions (think Vitruvian-robot ;) )
About me buying a RN1

I'm from Romania... and in it. (aka all the disadvantages of living in Europe and none of the advantages)

Quote from the [url]Hitec Europe site[/url]
We accept orders only from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg. For other countries, please contact your local dealers.


The problem is that I couldn't locate an official dealer and any RC stores I talked to either simply refused or asked for outrageous sums ("You want a robot? ... psst... this guy wants a robot... he must be loaded! Let's rip him off" :cry: )

I could wait till 2007 when we join the EU and be sure I don't get screwed over with customs taxes but that doesn't exactly appeal to me.

__________

About RB1000 vs RN1


I didn't really notice the problem with leaning forward until now. You guys are right.

The thing with implementing twistable legs or a waist in RN is the fact that you need to cut/replace the torso chassis.
Also you'll have to automatically make it taller and that means readjusting all the limbs to fit the new dimensions (think Vitruvian-robot ;) )
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Post by SirAho » Tue Apr 18, 2006 8:50 pm

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If you were planning to use the robot for battle then I would suggest the RB100 with the better servos. It seems the RB100 is built more for radio control more then autonomy. Otherwise go with the robonova if your looking to experiment a little.


What I want to do is to implement Subsumption architecture (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subsumption_architecture). I'm thinking of maybe having a 2nd CPU taking care of that by using the serial port.

Would that be easy to implement it on a RN? Is their a protocol for controlling all the RN's functions, including poling the sensors and servos over the serial port? If so were can I find it?

The protocol for RB1000 is here (only in Japanese) :
http://www.vstone.co.jp/~robo-pro/rb100 ... 2_data.pdf

Here are some videos of RB1000:

http://www.vstone.co.jp/~robo-pro/rb100 ... 0_19-1.wmv
http://www.vstone.co.jp/~robo-pro/rb100 ... 0_15-1.wmv
http://www.vstone.co.jp/~robo-pro/rb100 ... 0_25-1.wmv
http://www.vstone.co.jp/~robo-pro/rb100 ... 0_18-1.wmv
http://www.vstone.co.jp/~robo-pro/rb1000/RB1000_3-1.wmv

//SirAho

If you were planning to use the robot for battle then I would suggest the RB100 with the better servos. It seems the RB100 is built more for radio control more then autonomy. Otherwise go with the robonova if your looking to experiment a little.


What I want to do is to implement Subsumption architecture (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subsumption_architecture). I'm thinking of maybe having a 2nd CPU taking care of that by using the serial port.

Would that be easy to implement it on a RN? Is their a protocol for controlling all the RN's functions, including poling the sensors and servos over the serial port? If so were can I find it?

The protocol for RB1000 is here (only in Japanese) :
http://www.vstone.co.jp/~robo-pro/rb100 ... 2_data.pdf

Here are some videos of RB1000:

http://www.vstone.co.jp/~robo-pro/rb100 ... 0_19-1.wmv
http://www.vstone.co.jp/~robo-pro/rb100 ... 0_15-1.wmv
http://www.vstone.co.jp/~robo-pro/rb100 ... 0_25-1.wmv
http://www.vstone.co.jp/~robo-pro/rb100 ... 0_18-1.wmv
http://www.vstone.co.jp/~robo-pro/rb1000/RB1000_3-1.wmv

//SirAho
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Post by yag-freak » Wed Apr 19, 2006 10:05 am

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Wed Apr 19, 2006 10:05 am

tempusmaster wrote:I guess I don't understand that comment. Could you explain in more detail?


I meant:
In the Robo-One competition one of the main attractions is a sort of robot battle.
Two robots are together in a small arena. You get points if your oponent looses balance and falls because you pushed, thrown, etc. him. (Explained in the simplest way. I know, Robo-One is more than that.)
The robots are controlled via RC. So the robot has to do stuff like: walk forward, walk backward, turn, do Attack #1, do Attack #2, do evasive maneuver #5, get up, etc.
You get the point. It's like the Battlebot stuff. Guys with RC-Gear controlling Robots to do something.
Perfectly for a robot with predefined moves controlled via RC.

Graupner, the company who is selling the RB1000 in germany, has a long RC background seen from the company history.
And they advertise the robot in that manner. Which means they emphasize the point of the robot being radio controlable. You get minor information about the software the RB comes with, the features of the controllerboard, etc.

From the advertising point the RN is much more pointed to the "experimenter".
Yes, you get your RN with the IR-Controller, but the main emphasis is on the point that it is programable.

Even when you look at the software you get, you find "template" and "Demo"-programs with the RN.
So a kind of "look at it, try it, then program your own stuff!"

The RB is advertised as "it is able to do the following moves..."
Much more preconfigured.

And I think, at least here in germany, people interested in the RN-1 are the people who want to experiment, as you see it in this forum. Let the robot climb stairs or even build some new grippers.
While people that are interested in the RB, are the main customer of companys like graupner and are happy to have a robot that can do things the company said.
Like being happy with the functions of a radio controlled car and perhaps tuning the motor. But they would not have the idea to attach sensors to it, so that the car is able to avoid obstacles by himself.

Just two different ways to look at things.

Not that the RB isn't capable of hosting such modifications. But I think, Hitec via Multiplex will come out with much more parts to modify the robot than Graupner will do.

Graupner will perhaps have a second version of the robot next year.
And Hitec will probably have a big list of add-ons. Just have a look at the sensors etc. available or comming on www.robonova.de.

But these are just my two cents. And I'm heavily biased towards the RN, because it sits right here beside me :-)

Steffen
tempusmaster wrote:I guess I don't understand that comment. Could you explain in more detail?


I meant:
In the Robo-One competition one of the main attractions is a sort of robot battle.
Two robots are together in a small arena. You get points if your oponent looses balance and falls because you pushed, thrown, etc. him. (Explained in the simplest way. I know, Robo-One is more than that.)
The robots are controlled via RC. So the robot has to do stuff like: walk forward, walk backward, turn, do Attack #1, do Attack #2, do evasive maneuver #5, get up, etc.
You get the point. It's like the Battlebot stuff. Guys with RC-Gear controlling Robots to do something.
Perfectly for a robot with predefined moves controlled via RC.

Graupner, the company who is selling the RB1000 in germany, has a long RC background seen from the company history.
And they advertise the robot in that manner. Which means they emphasize the point of the robot being radio controlable. You get minor information about the software the RB comes with, the features of the controllerboard, etc.

From the advertising point the RN is much more pointed to the "experimenter".
Yes, you get your RN with the IR-Controller, but the main emphasis is on the point that it is programable.

Even when you look at the software you get, you find "template" and "Demo"-programs with the RN.
So a kind of "look at it, try it, then program your own stuff!"

The RB is advertised as "it is able to do the following moves..."
Much more preconfigured.

And I think, at least here in germany, people interested in the RN-1 are the people who want to experiment, as you see it in this forum. Let the robot climb stairs or even build some new grippers.
While people that are interested in the RB, are the main customer of companys like graupner and are happy to have a robot that can do things the company said.
Like being happy with the functions of a radio controlled car and perhaps tuning the motor. But they would not have the idea to attach sensors to it, so that the car is able to avoid obstacles by himself.

Just two different ways to look at things.

Not that the RB isn't capable of hosting such modifications. But I think, Hitec via Multiplex will come out with much more parts to modify the robot than Graupner will do.

Graupner will perhaps have a second version of the robot next year.
And Hitec will probably have a big list of add-ons. Just have a look at the sensors etc. available or comming on www.robonova.de.

But these are just my two cents. And I'm heavily biased towards the RN, because it sits right here beside me :-)

Steffen
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Post by tempusmaster » Wed Apr 19, 2006 2:38 pm

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Wed Apr 19, 2006 2:38 pm

Yag-freak,

Thanks for taking the time to respond with so much detail.

yag-freak wrote:I meant:
In the Robo-One competition one of the main attractions is a sort of robot battle.
Two robots are together in a small arena. You get points if your oponent looses balance and falls because you pushed, thrown, etc. him. (Explained in the simplest way. I know, Robo-One is more than that.)

You're right in that it is more than that - much, much more. Unfortunately most of the press seems to focus on the battle aspect and ignores the other 90%.

Personally, I find the Demonstration phase of the competitions much more interesting and exciting.
The robots are controlled via RC. So the robot has to do stuff like: walk forward, walk backward, turn, do Attack #1, do Attack #2, do evasive maneuver #5, get up, etc.
You get the point. It's like the Battlebot stuff. Guys with RC-Gear controlling Robots to do something.
Perfectly for a robot with predefined moves controlled via RC.

That used to be true, but at ROBO-ONE 9 last month there were quite a few robots that had an array of sensors, did visual recognition and tracking, and other similar features. We're not there yet, but the objective is to make them autonomous, and fairly soon.

Graupner, the company who is selling the RB1000 in germany, has a long RC background seen from the company history.
And they advertise the robot in that manner. Which means they emphasize the point of the robot being radio controlable. You get minor information about the software the RB comes with, the features of the controllerboard, etc.

That's understandable, though certainly not ideal.

From the advertising point the RN is much more pointed to the "experimenter".
Yes, you get your RN with the IR-Controller, but the main emphasis is on the point that it is programable.


I suppose that was what I didn't immediately grok about your previous comment. The control approach, whether it's IR, R/C, Bluetooth, or something else really seems to be a separate issue from the programability and expandability.

Even when you look at the software you get, you find "template" and "Demo"-programs with the RN.
So a kind of "look at it, try it, then program your own stuff!"

The RB is advertised as "it is able to do the following moves..."
Much more preconfigured.

That really is a marketing/distribution channel issue.

And I think, at least here in germany, people interested in the RN-1 are the people who want to experiment, as you see it in this forum. Let the robot climb stairs or even build some new grippers.
While people that are interested in the RB, are the main customer of companys like graupner and are happy to have a robot that can do things the company said.
Like being happy with the functions of a radio controlled car and perhaps tuning the motor. But they would not have the idea to attach sensors to it, so that the car is able to avoid obstacles by himself.

You may be right. Eventually we may see both markets emerge and grow in the same way that the earliest PC devotees were homebrew hackers.

Just two different ways to look at things.

Not that the RB isn't capable of hosting such modifications. But I think, Hitec via Multiplex will come out with much more parts to modify the robot than Graupner will do.

I tend to agree with you. Right now there are only two strong players, Kondo and Hitec, and lots of other wannabes.
Graupner will perhaps have a second version of the robot next year.
And Hitec will probably have a big list of add-ons. Just have a look at the sensors etc. available or comming on www.robonova.de.

My guess is the race will be between Kondo and Hitec since they're the only ones with the financial and management resources to stay in the game for the long term.

For the robot-like-an-R/C-car crowd, Kyosho with products like Manoi is more likely to be successful than the RB, and provides a lot more performance for the money. In the longer term, the RB is likely to be stuck in the middle between the two potential markets.

But these are just my two cents. And I'm heavily biased towards the RN, because it sits right here beside me :-)

Steffen


I'm pretty heavily biased towards the RN as well, and don't even have one sitting next to me! :D
Yag-freak,

Thanks for taking the time to respond with so much detail.

yag-freak wrote:I meant:
In the Robo-One competition one of the main attractions is a sort of robot battle.
Two robots are together in a small arena. You get points if your oponent looses balance and falls because you pushed, thrown, etc. him. (Explained in the simplest way. I know, Robo-One is more than that.)

You're right in that it is more than that - much, much more. Unfortunately most of the press seems to focus on the battle aspect and ignores the other 90%.

Personally, I find the Demonstration phase of the competitions much more interesting and exciting.
The robots are controlled via RC. So the robot has to do stuff like: walk forward, walk backward, turn, do Attack #1, do Attack #2, do evasive maneuver #5, get up, etc.
You get the point. It's like the Battlebot stuff. Guys with RC-Gear controlling Robots to do something.
Perfectly for a robot with predefined moves controlled via RC.

That used to be true, but at ROBO-ONE 9 last month there were quite a few robots that had an array of sensors, did visual recognition and tracking, and other similar features. We're not there yet, but the objective is to make them autonomous, and fairly soon.

Graupner, the company who is selling the RB1000 in germany, has a long RC background seen from the company history.
And they advertise the robot in that manner. Which means they emphasize the point of the robot being radio controlable. You get minor information about the software the RB comes with, the features of the controllerboard, etc.

That's understandable, though certainly not ideal.

From the advertising point the RN is much more pointed to the "experimenter".
Yes, you get your RN with the IR-Controller, but the main emphasis is on the point that it is programable.


I suppose that was what I didn't immediately grok about your previous comment. The control approach, whether it's IR, R/C, Bluetooth, or something else really seems to be a separate issue from the programability and expandability.

Even when you look at the software you get, you find "template" and "Demo"-programs with the RN.
So a kind of "look at it, try it, then program your own stuff!"

The RB is advertised as "it is able to do the following moves..."
Much more preconfigured.

That really is a marketing/distribution channel issue.

And I think, at least here in germany, people interested in the RN-1 are the people who want to experiment, as you see it in this forum. Let the robot climb stairs or even build some new grippers.
While people that are interested in the RB, are the main customer of companys like graupner and are happy to have a robot that can do things the company said.
Like being happy with the functions of a radio controlled car and perhaps tuning the motor. But they would not have the idea to attach sensors to it, so that the car is able to avoid obstacles by himself.

You may be right. Eventually we may see both markets emerge and grow in the same way that the earliest PC devotees were homebrew hackers.

Just two different ways to look at things.

Not that the RB isn't capable of hosting such modifications. But I think, Hitec via Multiplex will come out with much more parts to modify the robot than Graupner will do.

I tend to agree with you. Right now there are only two strong players, Kondo and Hitec, and lots of other wannabes.
Graupner will perhaps have a second version of the robot next year.
And Hitec will probably have a big list of add-ons. Just have a look at the sensors etc. available or comming on www.robonova.de.

My guess is the race will be between Kondo and Hitec since they're the only ones with the financial and management resources to stay in the game for the long term.

For the robot-like-an-R/C-car crowd, Kyosho with products like Manoi is more likely to be successful than the RB, and provides a lot more performance for the money. In the longer term, the RB is likely to be stuck in the middle between the two potential markets.

But these are just my two cents. And I'm heavily biased towards the RN, because it sits right here beside me :-)

Steffen


I'm pretty heavily biased towards the RN as well, and don't even have one sitting next to me! :D
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Post by yag-freak » Wed Apr 19, 2006 3:14 pm

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Wed Apr 19, 2006 3:14 pm

tempusmaster wrote:You're right in that it is more than that - much, much more. Unfortunately most of the press seems to focus on the battle aspect and ignores the other 90%.


I know that phaenomenon. It's like the robo-competitions here, or the Robocup. Very interesting challenges but the only thing every TV channel broadcasts are the aibos playing. ***They are soooo cute*** :-(

Personally, I find the Demonstration phase of the competitions much more interesting and exciting.


Yeah it was the dance performance of the RN which got me on the hook.

That used to be true, but at ROBO-ONE 9 last month there were quite a few robots that had an array of sensors, did visual recognition and tracking, and other similar features. We're not there yet, but the objective is to make them autonomous, and fairly soon.


Oh it would be so nice to see the event live, mostly I only get information over the web a long time after the event and mostly in an asian language I cannot read :-(

For the robot-like-an-R/C-car crowd, Kyosho with products like Manoi is more likely to be successful than the RB, and provides a lot more performance for the money. In the longer term, the RB is likely to be stuck in the middle between the two potential markets.


I agree with you. The Manoi is really nice and from the appearance a real bang for the buck if the meet their wanted price just above the RN-1.
But as you mentioned I also see Hitec and Kondo, perhaps another big company in this market.
The RB from Graupner is in fact just an older design I've seen somewhere in a video before. I have to look in my files, but I don't have them here at work.
And the Manoi looks just like a licence-production of the chroino of the great Tomotaka Takahashi. But I really like the way it moves. But have you seen the FT, that's really cute.

Personaly I like most the new entries to Robo-One. The agility of OmniZero.2 and the like. WOW!

I'm pretty heavily biased towards the RN as well, and don't even have one sitting next to me! :D

Go ahead and buy one! What are you waiting for! Expand the comunity :-)

Steffen
tempusmaster wrote:You're right in that it is more than that - much, much more. Unfortunately most of the press seems to focus on the battle aspect and ignores the other 90%.


I know that phaenomenon. It's like the robo-competitions here, or the Robocup. Very interesting challenges but the only thing every TV channel broadcasts are the aibos playing. ***They are soooo cute*** :-(

Personally, I find the Demonstration phase of the competitions much more interesting and exciting.


Yeah it was the dance performance of the RN which got me on the hook.

That used to be true, but at ROBO-ONE 9 last month there were quite a few robots that had an array of sensors, did visual recognition and tracking, and other similar features. We're not there yet, but the objective is to make them autonomous, and fairly soon.


Oh it would be so nice to see the event live, mostly I only get information over the web a long time after the event and mostly in an asian language I cannot read :-(

For the robot-like-an-R/C-car crowd, Kyosho with products like Manoi is more likely to be successful than the RB, and provides a lot more performance for the money. In the longer term, the RB is likely to be stuck in the middle between the two potential markets.


I agree with you. The Manoi is really nice and from the appearance a real bang for the buck if the meet their wanted price just above the RN-1.
But as you mentioned I also see Hitec and Kondo, perhaps another big company in this market.
The RB from Graupner is in fact just an older design I've seen somewhere in a video before. I have to look in my files, but I don't have them here at work.
And the Manoi looks just like a licence-production of the chroino of the great Tomotaka Takahashi. But I really like the way it moves. But have you seen the FT, that's really cute.

Personaly I like most the new entries to Robo-One. The agility of OmniZero.2 and the like. WOW!

I'm pretty heavily biased towards the RN as well, and don't even have one sitting next to me! :D

Go ahead and buy one! What are you waiting for! Expand the comunity :-)

Steffen
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Post by Lomruz » Wed Apr 19, 2006 3:27 pm

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Wed Apr 19, 2006 3:27 pm

Whilst my RN-1 is nursing it's wounds, I agree that the above discussion between you two are undeniable.

While we all can say that RN-1 is better than KHR-1 and that RB1000 is better than RN-1, the obvious truth is - the best is yet to come.

The roboworld will be revolutionized like we never imagined and we will be the happy bunch at the end of the day... :D

Yes the bottomline is there will always be a better bot each new year!!!

Japanese maker will make sure it happens! And although there are one or two Japanese companies doing commercial production now, I bet some more will join the crowd. Let us not forget, the Koreans are catching fast and those who own RN-1 have much to thank them for that. I do.

As we may anticipate, from infancy stage now to fierce competition later will result to more wild creations that will only push the evolution curve to the max (in a not too distant future). Whoever imagined that we will have flat screen TV's now? Or a smartphone and everything?
Whilst my RN-1 is nursing it's wounds, I agree that the above discussion between you two are undeniable.

While we all can say that RN-1 is better than KHR-1 and that RB1000 is better than RN-1, the obvious truth is - the best is yet to come.

The roboworld will be revolutionized like we never imagined and we will be the happy bunch at the end of the day... :D

Yes the bottomline is there will always be a better bot each new year!!!

Japanese maker will make sure it happens! And although there are one or two Japanese companies doing commercial production now, I bet some more will join the crowd. Let us not forget, the Koreans are catching fast and those who own RN-1 have much to thank them for that. I do.

As we may anticipate, from infancy stage now to fierce competition later will result to more wild creations that will only push the evolution curve to the max (in a not too distant future). Whoever imagined that we will have flat screen TV's now? Or a smartphone and everything?
Robolution process is here to stay :)
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Post by Gil » Wed Apr 19, 2006 8:21 pm

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Wed Apr 19, 2006 8:21 pm

After doing a bit of homework on the RB1000 I can say that it is not "hands down better" than the RN1.
The forward movement is severly limited and while it looks flashy if you want it to do anything other than stunts and combat moves it's going to run into trouble.

RN1 is still the better choice :D
After doing a bit of homework on the RB1000 I can say that it is not "hands down better" than the RN1.
The forward movement is severly limited and while it looks flashy if you want it to do anything other than stunts and combat moves it's going to run into trouble.

RN1 is still the better choice :D
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