Tribute to the Heathkit ET-18 Hero 1 Robot

Although robot shown in the video was built from a kit and is over 38 years old, it is really an engineering marvel that was manufactured by Heathkit, a company that sold various electronic kits including HAM radios, electronic test equipment, stereo equipment and even a do-it-yourself television. What made these kits useful was that they were also educational. This was due to their well written and easy to understand instruction manuals. Heathkit also provided a unique kit builders warranty that they would help you get it built correctly and working. There were over 18,000 Heathkit Hero 1 Robot robots sold during the period of 1982 to 1989. What made this robot unique was the functionality that Heathkit squeezed into the electronics and mechanical electro-mechanical system so that it could perform various practical tasks at home or in the office or at school. This video shows a customized Hero 1 Robot with many new upgrades, features and functions that improved it from its original configuration. What made this robot unique where is the functionality that Heathkit squeezed into the electronics and mechanical electromechanical system so that it could perform various practical tasks at home or in the office or at school.

The all the motion and sensor control for this upgraded Hero 1 Robot was accomplished using two VEX Cortex micro-controllers as well as the VEX Cortex Game Controller! And the firmware on these controllers was developed in Robot C.

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