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Heathkit Hero 2000 Robot
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Heathkit Hero 2000 Robot
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Heathkit Hero 2000 Robot
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ET-19 HERO 2000 - The HERO 2000 is a whole different animal! The first of the next generation of training robots. HERO 2000 will help you explore the related technologies of robot automation programming, electronics for automation, intelligent machines and robotics. And it does it better than any other training aid available.

HERO 2000 features advanced programmability. This incredible robot has a 16-bit 8088 master microprocessor that runs user programs and eleven 8-bit peripheral microprocessors. This lets you simultaneously operate HERO 2000's sensory and manipulative functions. There's also HERO 2000 BASIC stored in the 64K ROM, while other built-in programs are for demonstrations, diagnostics and sensor adjustment routines. What's more, HERO 2000 can even write its own BASIC program.

HERO 2000 has unbelievable expandability. Besides having amazing computational abilities, HERO 2000 features 24K of RAM expandable to 576K - with the use of three optional memory boards. Each memory board contains 64K of RAM and will accept two additional 64K RAM chip sets.

The new disk drive accessory (optional) expands HERO's capabilities by allowing you to store and retrieve programs and data on a 5 1/4" floppy disk.

The drive includes the MS-DOS operating system and requires the ETW-19-15 Expansion Board with a minimum of 128K RAM installed for use with your HERO 2000. Other expansion features include 12 circuit card slots, an optional Experimenter Board for conducting experiments and testing your own circuits, two RS-232 DCE ports configured for a terminal and printer, and a cassette port for storing your programs on standard cassette tapes.

HERO possesses unsurpassed flexibility. Over a dozen programs are available on the optional demonstration ROM to show you the versatility of the electronically synthesized voice and built-in sensors. The synthesized voice lets HERO talk, play music and even emit sound effects. And for easy programming, HERO 2000 has direct text-to-speech conversion. The built-in sensors include: a 360 degree sonar with a range of 4.5 inches to 10.5 feet; a light scanner with 255-level coverage at 24 bearings, 15 degrees apart; a temperature sensor that covers from +60 degrees F to +90 degrees F; and a sound sensor that picks up 255 audio levels.

And for maneuverability and manual dexterity, HERO 2000 is second to none. The optional robot arm is multi-jointed with a gripper that has a sense of touch. The arm lifts one pound in any direction, plus has full wrist action and accurate repeatability. Additionally, a powerful two-wheel dual servo-motor drive system pulls up to 26 pounds, while an optional auto docking accessory enables HERO 2000 to automatically dock with its charger when a low battery is detected. With all these abilities, you'll think this robot is almost human!

Everything's totally under your control. You'll be able to access ROM routines and perform movements from the top-mounted hexadecimal keypad or the optional wireless remote control. The remote control console features a typewriter-type ASCII keyboard, 80-character LCD display and teaching pendant controls. This incredible console permits wireless control and programming of all functions up to 100 feet away. There's even a two-way radio data link between console and robot. HERO 2000 requires the Remote Console or a computer terminal for programming and checkout routines.

Other sensational features include sixteen head-mounted LED status indicators (eight are user definable) to show you what function HERO is performing. And with three power modes, HERO 2000 is able to operate up to six days on its single 24 amp-hour battery. A 120 VAC charger is also included.

HERO 2000 - by far the smartest, most versatile and easy to use robot trainer around.

Main processor Intel 8088 CPU (16-bit), 6 slave processors (11 with optional Arm), 24K RAM (expandable to 576k with optional Memory cards), 64K ROM with built in BASIC (Full version of BASIC), Speech SPA-256, 360 degree sonar (24 bearings) and light sensor (255 levels), Stationary sonar rangefinder in the base, Two RS-232 ports (one for a Terminal and the other for a printer), Passive backplane supports up to 12 Cards

Picture of inside a HERO 2000 robot.
ET-19-3 Robot carrying cart
ET-19-35 Two-way Remote control 75.43Mhz, full keyboard, teaching pendant, 80-character LCD display, and RS-232 port
ET-19-36 Same as above except 75.67Mhz
ET-19-5 Auto-Dock (Enables robot to find charger on low battery)
ET-19-51 Demo ROM (Some cool demos)
ET-19-14 Experimenter card dual breadboard and buffered I/O
ETW-19-15 Static memory card 192k max on each
ETW-19-6 360K Floppy disk drive and controller (This card is being reproduced and will be available this year)

NEW: H2KIDE - Memory/IDE controller. This card adds up to 640K of memory to the HERO 2000 and also provides an IDE controller to add a Hard Drive to the robot. This card provides more memory than three fully populated ETW-19-15 memory boards! Want the coolest option for you HERO?? This card is available now. Just contact the Robot Workshop for pricing and availablity.

Another new option (H2KGIO) is in the works. It is a generic I/O card for the HERO 2000 that will add an 8254 counter timer chip, two 8255 PIA chips (24 bits each), one ADC0817 8bit 16 channel Analog/Digital converter, and one DAC0832 8bit Digital/Analog converter. The final card may also have a couple of on board relays for sonar switching and Opto's for extra inputs.

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Source: My Collection, Robot Workshop, Private Hobbyist Collection - Updated 02-14-2009