I recently started to notice this company called Dongbu Robotics, they sell this Hovis Lite humanoid robot, which almost looks like a Bioloid clone. Anyone own one of these?
From the few things I've read, it seems like their standard 0101 servos are *slightly* more featured than the AX-12+, but it's a bit scary how close their specs are.
Is Hovis sourcing their parts from Robotis through contract manufacturing, or is it the other way around? Their humanoid seems a bit sleeker too and I like how they handle the joint area.
Some concern that came to mind however:
1) Software support? Will the Hovis' software get support like Robotis' stuff? Robotis seems to be very good at supporting their products outside Korea.
2) What if you break a gear in the actuator? Robotis has a ton of support and distributions everywhere to get spare parts, more servos. Even though Dongbu's bot looks and seem amazing, I think their distribution needs more maturing.
I'm almost tempted to get one, but that would mean taking in another bot into the fold, which I have no time for. I think it may be time to sell off one of my bots before I get this one.
I really would love to wait for their Hovis "heavy" (don't know if that would be the next step for Dongbu), where instead of their 0101 actuator, they use their 0201 actuator. The fact that you get bracket color choices is pretty awesome too, no need to pull out the dye and mess up the kitchen!
Sorry for the copy and link of a huge image, it's straight off their website, and it's one huge image!