Matt Fisher of KumoTek Robotics in
Richardson, TX writes, "we have just completed development of our
KT-X humanoid bipedal robot and would love to have the opportunity to
announce it on Robots.net" The KT-X (or
KumoTek-X) is a low-cost 17 DOF biped with some interesting
features, such as an interface that allow it to be controlled from a
standard PS2 gamepad controller. It also include servos with integrated
position feedback sensors as well as acceleration sensors. Inside the
chest is an H8 60MHz HV CPU, 512KB ROM, and 64KB RAM. The KumoTek website includes some video of the KT-X in
action. Read on for the full text of the KT-X press release.
Press Release: For Immediate Release
KumoTek Robotics Introduces Action Packed Humanoid Character
Richardson, Texas – May 27, 2008: In October 2007, KumoTek
Robotics of Richardson, Texas, announced to the world that they were
co-developing the “KT-X” (KumoTek-X) bipedal humanoid robot -- the
latest in educational robotics technology -- with one of Japan’s most
prestigious robotics research groups, Vstone Corporation.
Now, the gloves are off and the high-tech robotic super character has
been released in 3 different versions, complete with wireless gamepad
controller and programming software.
A veteran-owned business and a pioneer to the U.S. bipedal robotics
industry, KumoTek is a lone-wolf enterprise, standing apart from
traditional technology companies. They are building robotic applications
that were at one time dreamt possible only in the pages of
science fiction novels.
According to KumoTek founder and industry spokesman Matthew Fisher,
robots such as the KT-X “provide a practical approach to hands on
education, by giving kids the opportunity to dive into the deepest areas
of their imagination and ultimately walk away with a fundamental
knowledge of robotics systems.” Fisher also states that “in the process,
we have actually witnessed many kids tapping into abilities that they
didn’t even know existed.”
KumoTek has built an entire education system around their robots called
Robot P.E.T.S. (Robots Promoting Education Through Science).
A concept ahead of its time, the idea behind Robot P.E.T.S. isn’t to
build a machine that will do your chores, bring you drinks or beat up
bullies. Instead it is an avant-garde curriculum designed to pull kids
away from video games and launch them into the world of robotics science
and mechanical engineering.
Fisher points out that “through fun bipedal robotics, students are
indirectly acquiring the skills required to compete in a growing
multi-billion dollar robotics industry, all the while building something
they can brag to mom about.”
To learn more about the KT-X or other hobby and educational robotic
applications available from KumoTek, please visit www.kumotek.com or send an email to