Hubot

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Hubot

Info

Release Date: January 7, 1984
Price: $3495
Units Produced: 75-80
Dimensions: 22" Diameter x 45" High
Manufacturer: Hubotics
OS: CP/M 2.2

Credits

Dan English (Chief Engineer)
Don Skinner (VP of Production)
Unknown (Software Engineer)
Unknown (Software Engineer)
Michael Forino (Design, Conceptualization)


Hubot was a robot developed by Hubotics in 1983 and began selling in 1984.

Only 75-80 units were ever produced, alongside each having options for expanded features.

Description[edit | edit source]

The Hubot is a three-wheeled robot that can move, speak, and do various internal functions. It has a 12-inch monitor that doubles as a TV, alongside a 64-Key ASCII keyboard to use it like a standard computer.[1] The OS is a custom variant of CP/M 2.2, with the computer's spec similar to a Kaypro IV. A built-in clock is used for accurate time checking, useful for alarm programs. The OS has the HuComm language for programming the robot's functions, alongside having built-in programs for examples.

For the controllable features, the robot has two independently controllable wheels for rotation and movement. It also features a phonetic voice synthesizer, allowing for an unlimited vocabulary. Sonic and infrared detectors are available to use in object detection, and the sensor bar can independently rotate left and right to change the sensing angle. The robot can also power on any of the additional A/V units in its chassis, alongside being able to switch its TV output to the desired device.

Devices & Parts[edit | edit source]

  • 5¼" 360k Floppy Disk Drive (Copal Fujitsu M2551A)
  • Atari 2600 (1982 "Darth Vader" variant)
  • AM/FM Radio + Stereo Cassette Deck (Unknown Broksonic Cert-1071 Variant)
  • TV Tuner
  • (Optional Purchase) 40 Column Dot Matrix Printer

Purchasing Options[edit | edit source]

The base unit could be purchased for $3495. This would come with the robot, the Hubot Owner's Manual, the "I Got My Hubot." Pin, and a signed Hubotics Certificate.

Additional options were available for purchase to expand the Hubot unit:

  • $300 40 Column Dot Matrix Printer
  • $395 Second 5¼" Floppy Disk Drive
  • $??? Plastic Home Base
  • $??? Plastic Cover
  • $??? Serving Tray

Scrapped Options[edit | edit source]

Hubotics planned multiple future upgrade options after launch:[2][3]

  • An auto-charger module that allowed Hubot to detect its battery level, navigating automatically to its battery station to charge when low.
  • The ability to plug Hubot into an electrical outlet to have it remotely control appliances
  • A vacuum attachment which was also prototyped and tested, set for $300.
  • An articulated arm mounted on the side of the robot, set for $700
  • Speech recognition for commands.
  • Cordless Telephone w/ a 300 baud modem
  • Remote control of Hubot.
  • By 1985 multiple sources claimed a new "Sentry Package" was now available that could help in the detection of home burglers, smoke, and heat. This is also conflictingly claimed as a package that didn't make it.[4][5][6]

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