New MechRC robot from Trossen


Today, Trossen Robotics announces:

Trossen Robotics is proud to be the first in the United States to offer the new MechRC Humanoid Robot! This new ready-to-walk robot is a breakthrough in price to performance. High torque metal gear servos, LiPo batteries for longer run times, a fluid 3D visual software programming interface for easy custom motions, and a remote control unit are included. Everything you need to have you own walking robot is included in this ready-to-walk kit! With over a hundred pre-installed motions and sounds you can get this robot throwing some dance floor shapes or some killer fighting moves straight from the box.

I’d have to spend some time with this bot to see if it’s really worth the $600 price relative to, say the I-Sobot, which is only $96 (but obviously doesn’t have the sophisticated programming capability of the MechRC, at least not out of the box). Sadly, the I-Sobot has also been discontinued, so get one while you can. The MechRC is definitely cheaper than other fully programmable mini humanoid-type bots, such as the Robonovas and the KHRs, which run in the thousand dollar range.



Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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