White Box Robotics' 912 "Apache"
December 21, 2004

White Box Robotics sent us exclusive photos of their 912 "Apache" concept PC-Bot, and of their final pre-production metal chassis. The Apache ostensibly demonstrates heavy duty commercial applications for the 912, but could also be viewed as an over-the-top mod of the basic unit.

The 912 bare bones platform will include the metal chassis, injection moulded body panels, full differential drive system, AC adapter / battery charger, USB I/O card to control motors and sensors, RCC software to program the robot, webcam for vision and navigation and most likely IR sensors.

Users would then add the Mini-ITX motherboard of their choice, RAM, 2.5in HDD, CD-ROM, Operating System, and an assortment of hardware to personalize the 912, such as a second webcam for more effective vision based navigation and object or facial recognition, and of course the obligatory 3D holographic projector.

Cover Shot

In the Grass

Naked

The 912 assembles just like a PC, with an ingenious cartridge-style mounting system for the motherboard and HDD in the back of the robot's "head" - making servicing a snap. And also a little bit freaky.

No exact release date has been set, but White Box are working hard for a Spring 2005 release.

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