Remember PLEN? He was a little humanoid robot kit made a Japanese company back in 2007. PLEN could sweep your table top, roller skate, and even perform flips. With all this functionality, you’d think this little robot would have flown off the shelves. Well, back in 2007, PLEN didn’t. Supply was limited to about 50 models and each PLEN had a $3,000 price tag.
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PLEN Project Company, the Japan-based company behind PLEN, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the second, upgraded iteration called PLEN2. The campaign is looking to raise $40,000 and has already raised $13,000 in just ten days. You can visit the campaign here.
Other nifty features include PLEN2’s ability to drive its custom car (it’s more of a chair), skateboard, and dance. Of course, with PLEN2’s Arduino compatibility, we can look forward to seeing advancements made by the PLEN community.
Early bird backers can nab the PLEN2 for $699. Yes, the price tag is still high, but it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than the initial $3,000 price tag we saw in the first PLEN. Early bird deals aside, the standard edition PLEN2 kit will retail for $899. Developer editions with ROS support will cost $1,099.
If successfully funded, PLEN Project Company expects to ship PLEN2 robots out to backers in November.