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Video: Dongbu Robot’s HOVIS Lite, Eco & Genie

Dongbu Robot has published some videos showing their HOVIS (Home Servis) hobby robot kits.

I’ve been saying for years that manufacturers ought to follow the lead of the Kyosho Manoi series, which, thanks to its plastic exterior, has a lot more personality than the bare-bone robot kits you see on the market. Dongbu Robot has wisely opted to offer the kit both with an exoskeleton (HOVIS Eco) and without (HOVIS Lite) while marketing their new line of Herculex servo motors.

The HOVIS Eco stands 41.8 cm (16.4 inches) tall and weighs 1.8 kg (3.9 lbs).  It comes with a simple distance sensor in its chest (gyro is optional), and is powered by a 7.4V 3,000mA Li-Po battery.  The kit comes with a software bundle for programming the robot, which will suit beginners to experts.  You can also upgrade its functionality with optional sensors, higher torque servos, an “emoticon” head unit (color-changing LEDs), and it is interchangeable with parts from the HOVIS App and Genie kits.

Video (HOVIS Eco):

They probably could have done a better promotional video, but things are still early.  Hopefully once hobbyists get their hands on it they’ll be able to squeeze more performance out of it.  As Technabob pointed out a couple of weeks ago, the HOVIS Lite is already available from RoadNarrows Robotics ($900) and Robot Shop ($990), which is $260 dollars more than the HOVIS Lite ($730 USD, video below).  That isn’t too shabby for a kit that comes with 20 servos (TTL, 12 kg/cm torque, 320° operating angle), and you can always upgrade it in the future.

A video of the HOVIS Genie (which moves on wheels rather than legs) follows.  In an earlier article, we got some of the details incorrect.  What appears to be a phone docked inside its chest is actually a mobile internet device (MID) with similar features.  You can control the robot using your smartphone if you want to (like a remote), but you don’t need a smartphone to take advantage of its apps.

It has a 3.5 inch (480 x 320) capacitive touch screen, a 1 GHz processor (allowing for speech recognition and other apps), a camera, 256MB internal memory (4GB micro SD slot), and is WI-FI enabled.  Children can enjoy edutainment content (songs and stories), play MP3s, take photos and videos, record voice memos, etc.. Various other applications including weather reports, daily alarms, voice messaging, video surveillance, and the like are also advertised.

Video (HOVIS Genie):

[source: Dongbu Robot] via [DongbuRobotMarketing @ YouTube]

Video (HOVIS Lite):


Image credit:
Dongbu Robot

  • Mark

    Bought the Hovis Lite from nodna. And yes, they actually had it in stock and not just on the website. First I’ve tried to get some more info on it from other online stores, but nobody had a f****** clue. It’s programming is pretty easy, like the Bioloid, but a little better. The cool thing is, that you can turn the servos any way you like and build other things than just the humanoid. Hopefully Dongbu is coming out with samples on how to build something like a hexapod soon.

  • Hendrik

    When you put Hovis Eco in a line (plastic exterior) with Manoi and friends, and one likes that style of robots, maybe it would be interesting what happened with BioROBO-Project?

    • Robotbling

      I’m not sure. I haven’t seen anything new with the BioROBO for some time now.

  • Hendrik

    what happened to BioROBO? Looks a little bit similar, if you put it in line with manoi pf-01….

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