Karakuri Tea Serving Robot Kit
Here’s an interesting DIY robot kit that you might give to your significant other, it’s only US $64. You can view the entire assembly manual (PDF) in English for this kit and see all the parts required before purchasing as well.
The history of Karakuri (“Karakuri” means the mechanism that drives a machine.) automatic dolls in Japan began in the early Edo period 1603~1867. The tea-serving doll is the most typical one and it appears in the book
written by Ihara Saikaku, a very popular novelist in the Edo period. This Karakuri doll kit is produced according to the “Karakuri Zui”, the only existing manual of Karakuri mechanical dolls written in 1796 by Hosokawa Hanzo, popularly
known as Karakuri Hanzo who was an engineer of Tosa domain. Karakuri dolls can be said to be one of the original foams of modern robots. Please enjoy the beauty of Japanese craftsmanship of those days by assembling this kit.
This robotic doll has more than a few different movement types including:
- Shuffle walk
- Go straight
- Adjustable speed
- Bow politely to his mistress or master