Meet the Meca500: a 6-axis robot for those of you interested in learning more about robots or hacking them. As the below video shows, the robot is very compact and comes with an embedded controller with Ethernet connectivity. It is programmable and comes with a simulation software. You can use it with ROS for research and robot-focused projects.
Meca500 comes with a compact two-finger parallel gripper. It weighs only 4.5 kg and uses a 24 V power supply. It is very accurate and agile, offering wide ranges of motion. The commercial version will be available later this year for $15000 or so.