Hubo FX-1 chair bot

by Dhiram Shah

After the Einstein robot KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) have developed the Hubo FX-1 chair bot. It is basically a chair with legs and can carry a human weighing upto 100 kgs. The person sitting can control the robot easily using the built in joystick. Each ankle has a 3-axis force/torque sensor which measures the normal force and 2 moments. Each foot has an inclination sensor which measures the angle of the slope. Also, the rate gyro and the inclination sensor of the body allow the device to stabilize itself. HUBO FX-1 is two meters in height, and weighs 150 kg. It requires external power but in the long term KAIST aims to make it battery powered. Future application include carrying old and disabled persons and moving heavy loads. Military is also one of its future applications may be in a decade or so it will be running on fuel cells with a soldier mounted on firing rpg’s and chain guns.

Via – Aving (Korean)


  1. Tito

    Let the exoskeleton race commence!

  2. wise

    add a toilet, minifridge and 5.1 speakers, and ill take 3

  3. doug warr

    Wow, were finally getting closer to making a mech! 🙂
    I’m pretty impressed with the walking but the fact that it can turn left and right and move side to side is the icing on the cake.
    Great job! I hope this gets the kind of press the segway got!

  4. Arun

    That’s a good one.. A wheel is always a faster one considering the legs.. Wheel needs to be added to this robot to use it in military purpose..

  5. Az

    Where’s the rocket launchers?

  6. brett

    100 kilo weight limit! They aren’t going to sell too many of these in the west 🙂

  7. orl

    It should be painted black, with a banner hanging from the front reading “Purge the unclean” or “The Emperors Wrath”. Couple of Melta-guns would help, too.

  8. koew

    Finally something that’ll make the world come a bit closer to Mechwarrior and Transformers. When they get to produce a chair that’ll become a runner-mech-chair-thingy that can run/jump long distances – I’ll buy one.
    Ahh, only the sky’s the limit. Or, as a matter of fact, it ain’t anymore. You gotta love technology and evolution.

  9. AC

    “That’s a good one.. A wheel is always a faster one considering the legs.. Wheel needs to be added to this robot to use it in military purpose..”
    Roller skates & leg warmers anyone?

  10. Deacon Jones

    It is a wheel chair with legs. Much more complicated but the same end result.

  11. The Noof

    That’s Creepy looking! It’s a ‘step’ in the right direction though. One must learn to walk before they can run, climb stairs, kick a ball, stomp those who oppose you…

  12. mcgurk

    I call BULLSHIT. They’re faking the controls; what else are they faking?
    At 0:29 the chairbot changes direction. At 0:25 (counting down) the rider pulls back on the control stick. Faaaake

  13. commenter

    Is it just me or did I hear the Bee Gees song “Night Fever” playing in the background?

  14. Frankie

    What fake? Somebody’s hitting a joystick somewhere telling it to turn.

  15. comment

    mcgurk – what is fake? you mean there is a person in a robot suit?
    computers started out about 55 years ago as a room sized machine that could do only simple mathematical calculations. imagine how this baby will look in 50 years!

  16. diorist

    Plain wrongheaded. Anthropomorphic walking design is tippy, floppy, and fragile. I can’t believe someone funded this.

  17. Anarchana.

    It looks like maybe the guy in the bottom right corner at 0:13 is controlling it, because he is holding something attached to a black cable going up to the ceiling (where the beast be getting its power from too). You are definitely right, the direction change with the joystick change do not appear to match up at all, but maybe there are foot controls too? Don’t know.

  18. www.worldcommunitygrid.org

    Reminds me of Final Fantasy VI 🙂

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