Review: Roundup: 4 Robots

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Roomba may be from Boston, but most of our favorite robots hail from the Land of the Rising Sun. Of course, not all Japanese mechas are created equal. We put these four imports to the test.

1. Kondo KHR-3HV
This aluminum and plastic bot stands head and shoulders above the rest — literally. But don’t think its strapping 15.8-inch physique means it’s sluggish. With 17 servomotors, each cranking out 12 inch-pounds of torque (huaa!), Kondo can be programmed to bow and do push-ups. Extra-wide feet and rigid ankle brackets impart quake-worthy stability.


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