South Korea’s Roboware is close to completing development of their entertainment humanoid robot E3. The robot’s name derives from its function as an Emotional, Entertainment and Educational device. Clearly, Roboware has big plans for this open source robot equipped with sonar, sound, camera, and touch sensors including a touch screen on its chest. The robot moves around using a 3-wheel mechanism.
Engineering TV recently interviewed Roboware’s CEO (see the video below) who said that his company will start selling the E3 in the second quarter of 2009 for less than $3000. A bit expensive for an entertainment robot but another step forward towards commercially viable consumer robots that are a bit more capable than an iRobot Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner. The past year has been an exciting one as far as advances in robotics are concerned and it definitely looks like 2009 is going to be another great year.