Hiro (Robot)

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A leg-less humanoid robot. Is a low cost 7.5M JPY humanoid robot manufactured by Kawada KK of Japan. Its servomotors have millimiter precision. It is primarily employed in R&D centers and universities. Runs real time Linux QNX in a 5ms loop. Application programming of movements is done via OpenHRP, a software maintained by [General Robotix Inc.].

Hiro has a red push button to stop in case of emergency.

Criticism[edit]

The servomotors move commands are Point to Point mode. Once a move command has been sent from a given application to servomotors' controlling QNX module it is not possible to cancel or correct course to avoid potential collision. This makes operation with humans unsafe or precludes real-time force feed-back applications. Hiro does not handle move commands in a parallel mode. All commands are processed in serial mode.