Feb 22, 2010

KCB-3WL, New Wireless LAN Board for Hobby Robot from KONDO (Feb 20th, 2010)

KONDO KAGAKU Co. Ltd opened a new wireless LAN board for hobby robot during Humanoid Helper Project 2nd on Feb 20th, 2010. KCB-3WL is a board for remote controlling robot system by watching image around the robot on PC. It seems to be useful for such as Humanoid Helper Project, multi-legged robot game etc.

The new board will be put on the market July 29th, 2010. The price including all systems is 58,800 yen (including tax).

KHR-3HV with KCB-3WL and camera demonstrated to control the robot through the image from the robot on PC. KCB-3WL is also able to control robot autonomously by the image recognition around the robot. It seems to be also useful for such as autonomous robot soccer. The presentation video using KHR-3HV was as follows;

Specifications are as follows;
Size: 49.2 x 52 x 12 mm
CPU: SAMSUNG ARMbase32bit CPU 200MHz
Memory: RAM 16MByte, Flash ROM 8MByte
Wireless Interface: IEEE802.11a/b/g(54Mbps/11Mbps)
USB port: USB1.1 x1, Full Speed (12Mbps), 500mA from USB port
GPIO port: x 12
Power Supply: 16 V ( for HV), inside 5 V and 3.3 V, 240 mA~1A.
OS: Linux OS or VM Ware Player

KONDO also introduced a 4-legged robot with KCB-3WL and small camera in the KONDO booth. The robot was custom-built with 8 KRS-2552HVs for 4 legs and RCB-4HV as the main control board. The robot was able to be controlled through the image from the robot on PC. The pictures and video are as follows;

In the 1st Humanoid Helper Project on Aug 17th and Sep 6th 2008, some robot builders used NetTansor of BANDAI for image sensing. Robot builders have been waiting such a small board for image sensing. The same samll sensing system 'Remo' was put on the market on Dec 15th, 2009. It is expected these new small board will be applied to variety of biped or multi-legged hobby robots.

The details were also described in NODE by Moriyama.

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