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HERO is the name of several educational robots sold by Heathkit
during the 1980s. The Heath Company began the HERO 1 project in
October 1979. The first units were available in 1982. Models
included the HERO 1, HERO Jr., and HERO 2000. All three were
available as kits, or for more money, prebuilt by Heathkit.
Currently, the 1980s models are considered collectors items, due to
their apparent rarity. For the most part, they cannot perform
practical tasks, but are more geared toward entertainment and
education above all. HERO 1 was a self-contained mobile robot
controlled by an onboard computer with a Motorola 6808 CPU and 4 kB
of RAM. The robot featured light, sound, and motion detectors as
well as a sonar ranging sensor. An optional arm mechanism was
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