A Chinese robots company launches a new toy robot kit with unseen features.
With the Jimu Robot kit you can build a penguin robot that walks like a real penguin. UBTech Robotics has several robots in its portfolio, but the Jimu Robot is the most intriguing. The robots are assembled like Lego Technic and controlled via an app.
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The entry level kit includes 372 parts and 7 servo motors that allows kids to build 5 different robots, but are free to build their own. The advanced kit has 675 parts and 16 servo motors. The Jimu Robot kit looks well designed. The real killer is the software that makes the robot movie like its natural role models.
Watch the video below to see the Jimu Robot kit in action.
The Jimu Robot kits have begun rolling out world-wide. I have spotted the kids offered directly from China on eBay for $257 and $366 respectively. UBTech exhibited that the Toy Fair 2016 in New York earlier this year. I expect that the Jimu Robot kits will be in US stores latest in time for the Holiday shopping season.
UBTech Robotics' main company mission is to commercialize humanoid robots. The company has developed the Alpha 2 and Alpha 1S small humanoid robots. Similar robots have been developed by Japanese robot companies. Robotics is new big trend in China and the government is fully behind it.
China plans to triple its annual production of robots used in the manufacturing sector to 100,000 in five years, a media report said on Wednesday.
China is also aiming to sell more than 30 billion yuan ($4.6 billion) worth of service robots by 2020 amid surging demand in the healthcare, education and entertainment sectors, according to the ministry of industry and information technology.
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China is on the way to become a big player in robotics from toys to manufacturing.