The Robovie-NANO is the smallest humanoid robot produced by the japanese manufacturer VStone weighing only 575 grams. Although only 23cm tall, it still packs all the key features of the larger humanoid robots.
It has 15 degrees of freedom (which can be increased with optional expansion kits) and can be fitted with optional sensors to expand it's awareness of the world.
Programming is done with the RobovieMaker2 software which is included with the robot and motions can be created with the intiutive flow-chart like interface. With the RobovieMaker2, it is possible to program the robot to react to different conditions based on sensor input and how it will move based on input from digital or analog controllers.
- 1x robot (unassembled)
- 1x VS-C3 wireless controller and receiver
- 1x VS-IX001 gyro/accelerometer sensor
- 1x VS mounting frame
- 1x cable (USB)
- 1x CDROM (RobovieMaker2)
- 4x batteries (AAA NiMH cells)
|Parallel Link Mechanism|
Parallel Link Mechanism
The legs of the Robovie-NANO feature a parallel linkage mechanism which enables the robot to greatly reduce its centre of gravity to give it more stability when moving.
|Robovie Maker 2|
Robovie Maker 2
The RobovieMaker2 software is supplied with the Robovie-NANO and is used to program the robot. It features a flowchart style system to create motions and includes conditional branching for creating different reactions based on external sensor input. It also features the ability to trigger different motions based on analog control input.
The VS-S020 servos which power the Robovie-NANO use metal gears for added strength and durability.
The VS-C3 is a 2.4GHz wireless robot controller that features both digial and analog controls. When connected to a VS-RC003HV onboard controller the VS-C1 can receive a low voltage signal and trigger a vibrate mode on the controller to warn the user which helps reduce the risk to the robot or battery of potention damage due to low power levels.
You can customise your robot with the optional body kit. The kit features clear plastic parts which you can paint any way you like to give your robot a personal touch.
VStone have also included an optional kit that gives your robot hands. With two extra degrees of freedom, you can teach your robot to grasp objects.
Another expansion option for the Robovie-NANO is a YAW kit. This kit adds two extra degrees of freedom in the legs so the robot can pivot each leg left to right giving it added deterity when turning around.
Although the Robovie-NANO is powered by four AAA batteries as standard, if you decide to add extra servos and sensors you will need more power to maintain performance. This is why you can upgrade to an optional 6.0V, 700mAh NiMH battery. If you choose to upgrade you will also need a compatible battery charger.
If you choose to use a NiMH battery to power the Robovie-NANO, then you will need this charge cable to connect the battery to the battery charger.
|NiMH Battery Charger|
NiMH Battery Charger
VStone's NiMH battery charger is suitable for a range of power supplies and has an input rating of AC100-240V, 50/60 Hz.
|NANO power switch|
If you choose to power your Robovie-NANO humanoid robot with the optional NiMH battery, then we recommend you include this power switch to make it easier to turn power on/off on your robot.
The VS-LED1 is PWM controlled LED which is connected to the servo motor output port of a robot controller. By sending a PWM signal from the CPU board, you can change the brightness of the LED. The VS-LED1 board includes terminals which relay the signal so other LEDs can be connected to the same board.
The VS-IX001 board adds a two axis gyroscope and a three axis accelerometer to the IXBUS compatible robots such as the Robovie-X, Robovie-NANO and RB2000 series of robots. With the gyro, the robot can be programmed to improve stability when moving and the accelerometer can be used to trigger motions such as "stand up" when the robot falls.
The VS-IX008 is an analog I/O expansion board for VStone's VS-RC003HV Robovie robot controller. This board provides 8 I/O channels to add analog sensors to the robot. For example you can add an IR position sensor to detect obstacles.
The VS-PSD1 sensor, when used in conjuction with VStone's VS-IX008 analog I/O board, can be attached to a robot and used to detect obstacles within a range on 10-80cm. This enables you to program the robot to be autonomous and trigger motions.
|VS mounting frame|
VS mounting frame
The VS mounting frame is included with the robot and is used to mount the VS-IX001 sensor board.