You may have seen the new Manoi robot from Kyosho featured on Akihabara News or Engadget, the the thing that sruck me, was its uncanny likeness to Chroino, which made big waves at this year’s RoboNexus 2005 conference (photos). Engadget claims they’re built around the Kyosho KHR-1 robot body, but I contacted Tomotaka Takahashi, the creator of Chroino and asked him about Manoi. His reply:
Yes, I involved in Manoi project.
I design both mechanism and outer skin of it.
It will be sold in Japanese market next summer.
After that, Kyosho is planning to sell them in world market, I’ve heard.
The robot will be sold for around $1,250 USD.