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There are many robot projects on this site, although they're not exact replacements or modifications to the Hero series. However, there have been some discussions about those robots, in case that helps you decide how to implement a modern day version.
There is a discussion here:
and necron9x11 mentioned he owns all the models in the range.
There's not a lot of online information in general on them unfortunately. Occasionally bits turn up on ebay, and I downloaded some of the photos to preserve them.. I'll put them in the discussion link above, just to keep the info in one place.
There are some nice general robotics kits, they could be interesting to start off with, because combining mechanics, sensors, electronics and wireless, and battery power, all becomes difficult quickly sometimes. So a kit could reduce frustration, and then work on tweaking it or learning enough to then build more precisely what you want.
This looks awesome:
I've not tried it, but would probably be really good - it's not a toy, it's a platform for learning, even engineers would use these for training in different technologies.
It's been reviewed, see here: TI Robotic Systems Learning Kit (TI-RSLK) - Review
I actually like the Idea, I was not aware of these robots until now.
Can it be that you also commented this idea on one of our videos on youtube? Am I right?
yep, that was me.
Sounds like a good project.
I hope you share the build here.
I am sure people have thought about this as I have, taking the old hero robots from the 80's and rebuilding them with modern day parts that one can get from radioshack or something.
I was born in the 90's and discovered the hero robots from youtube a couple years ago and had been wanting to make my own version at home using modern day parts if anyone has an idea on how to accomplish this it would be amazing to see.
I have been wanting to make my own robot ever since I was a child and with computers becoming so small now and the parts easy to find it would be an awesome project for me and my father to do together.