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Francesco Fondi, of GAMERSWEB, sent us this video of Hina, a manga custom version of the Kondo KHR-2HV robot. It’s a scaled-down version of KHR-2HV, using 20 digital servos (KRS-788HV) plus one GWS-PICO-STD, all controlled by a small board located in the head. While it “makes coffee” only through the miracle of video editing, the dexterity and range of motion and the feeling of it being alive is pretty impressive. And I love watching a robot working an old hand-grinder.


Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. swag says:

    Rube Goldberg would be proud. But he’s dead. And arguably, anybody who reinvents the wheel for manga-like cuteness deserves to be too.

    1. Mark Frauenfelder says:

      Mean people suck. But mean people who try to be funny and fall flat suck even harder. You are a hard vacuum of the troll universe, Swag.

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