If you find you've "outgrown" your Lego Mindstorms
kit (as if!), and are looking to get into the humanoid robot game without putting a second mortgage on your house or pursuing an advanced degree, Kondo
just started shipping the KHR-2HV humanoid robot kit to us non-Japanese sods. Kondo's KHR-1
was all well and good, but the KHR-2HV includes more controls, gears and servos, along with improved software and looks. The 2HV can even manage back flips and cartwheels if you've got the technical chops to slap this thing together. Plus, at $1,199 (via Japanese importer AudioCubes) it's practically a steal, and we hear with these smaller models it's fairly unlikely they'll try to kidnap your spouse and children in an effort to grab power from municipal governments. Hopefully this means we have another MANOI
on the way as well, since we can't say the 2HV looks quite as swell in the buff.