Engadget is reporting that Japanese robot manufacturer ZMP is offering a stripped down version of their popular nuvo humanoid robot. Offered with education in mind, the e-nuvo consists of the legs from a nuvo and comes bundled with instructional material for a 12-week robotics course covering coordinate systems of link structure, motor driver circuits, processors & sensors, serial communications, and feedback control. The e-nuvo has 12 joints that are driven by the ZMP original Motor Driver Modules. It stands 30 cm tall and weighs 1.2 kg.
Surprisingly if I am reading the ZMP site correctly it appears as though the price for the e-nuvo is $6800, which is just $200 less than the nuvos are selling for at Dynamism.com. It’s only half a nuvo so I’m assuming the extra cost must be the instructional material. I think if I had the budget I’d spring for the nuvo, and scavenge the web for my education. Which is essentially what I do now anyway, minus the cool robot.