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OUCH! HUBO 2 Suffers Stage Dive Accident

Some bad news out of Drexel University’s Autonomous Systems Lab, apparently their full-sized humanoid robot Jaemi HUBO had a pretty big accident and was… well, totaled (check out the damage in the video below). The robot was built on a budget of $80,000 – which was considerably cheaper than usual due to a deal they got on the parts. Hopefully they’ll have Jaemi HUBO back up and running soon without it costing them an arm and a leg. Good luck guys, I’m sure that’ll buff right out…

On April 27th 2010 Jaemi Hubo was scheduled to be apart of the Arts & Science Council’s annual awards ceremony at the Philadelphia Convention Center. During the dress rehearsal Jaemi lost her balance and fell off a 4 foot stage. These pictures show the damage to Jaemi immediately after she fell.

Video (Mirror):

[source: Dan Lofaro @ YouTube]

  • I am Daniel Lofaro one of the caretakers of Jaemi Hubo. I would like to clarify a few things about Jaemi Hubo’s accident:

    1. Jaemi Hubo is NOT totaled. She is currently on a 50 day schedule to be fixed by the Drexel Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL) where she lives.

    2. The $80,000 price tag is for RAW PARTS ALONE (with out her shell). All of Jaemi’s parts are top of the line, from her three phase brushless Maxon motors and Harmonic Drives for her joints to the 6061 Aluminum for her frame. Jaemi Hubo costs $400,000 when taking in to consideration the machining and construction time.

    If you would like to send Jaemi get well wishes you can:

    1. Post them on her facebook wall (


    2. Mail them to my mailbox at:

    Daniel M. Lofaro
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Bossone Research Center
    3120-40 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-2875

    Messages will be posted predominately around Jaemi Hubo’s station.

    If you have any other questions feel free to contact me at dml46 drexel edu

    -Daniel M. Lofaro (DASL)