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Friday, January 11th, 2008
4:52 pm
[stillcarl]
Monday, January 7th, 2008
5:51 pm
[stillcarl]
New WowWee Robots...
I've no time to look into them I'm afraid, but pictures here...

http://www.engadget.com/photos/wowwees-robotics-lineup-gets-some-new-additions/

One has to wonder what kinda personality the Femisapien will be given...
Friday, September 28th, 2007
5:07 pm
[stillcarl]
"Optimal Group to Purchase WowWee"...
See: http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/09/27/ap4162169.html

Jolly good. Will feel much safer now that Robosapiens will be handling credit-card transactions for us... ;-)

I note the Optimal Group is a Canadian company, so that WowWee link remains.

Edit: More here...

http://sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1015923/000101592307000026/press_release.htm
Sunday, December 17th, 2006
12:17 pm
[stillcarl]
Then, suddenly...
WowWee took to the air...

And apologies for so little activity here of late. I suck...

Edit: Another video
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WowWee <a href="http://www.t3.co.uk/news/247/general/general/dragonfly_robot_filmed">took to the air</a>...

And apologies for so little activity here of late. I suck...

<b>Edit:</b> Another video <a "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MY5yOJ_-Z3s">here</a>...
Sunday, November 5th, 2006
7:31 pm
[stillcarl]
Linkage...
On the RoboCommunity you can find a new article on theEvolution of the RS2, and once again with lots of new pictures.

And speaking of pictures, there's lots on the robosapien.tk forums showing the insides of an RSMedia.
Friday, October 20th, 2006
10:24 am
[stillcarl]
Inside the RSMedia...
Nocturnal on the robosapien.tk messageboard has an RSMedia and is posting much info about it here. Access to its Linux heart seems to be easy, with the robot controlled by scripts - with control possibly going right down to the individual motors. The more I learn about this, the better it looks!
6:42 am
[stillcarl]
RS Media promotional video
At Gizoo...

It's a shock to see it at three times the price of an RSV2 though!
Wednesday, October 18th, 2006
10:31 am
[stillcarl]
RoboCommunity
RoboCommunity is a new website dedicated to WowWee's robots. Featuring news, articles, blogs, forums and more, it's a very polished site. Which is how it should be, given it can be considered WowWee's official community.

The site's produced by Capable Networks and as mentioned here was launched in partnership with WowWee Ltd. The fruits of this can be seen in the articles on the evolution of Robosapien and Roboraptor. There seem to be many new pictures there, especially of the Roboraptor, and it's the first non-blurry photos I can recall seeing of the WowWee production lines.

So RoboCommunity is well worth a visit and should be worth keeping an eye on, not to mention contributing to. Yes, it's an official community, but there has to be a right way to run such a beast and it looks like WowWee may have chosen a good company to do the job.
Friday, October 6th, 2006
5:19 pm
[stillcarl]
Official RSMedia site now live...
Here...

Very flashy, lets you hear what the four default personalities sound like, plus the manual's available for download.
Saturday, September 16th, 2006
3:39 pm
[stillcarl]
Tilden defends fun!
In the Guardian no less, who I wouldn't have thought were all that much into fun.

Since he invented RoboSapien four years ago, Mark Tilden has been criticised by several technologists for what they say are unnecessary boasts. One columnist, Lance Ulanoff, questioned whether his creations were robots at all. But Mr Tilden claims he has been ostracised because he "dared to do something fun".

Tilden then goes on to to make this mild, well-researched claim...

Soon we will have the elusive home robot that comes out of a closet when you go to work, cleans your home, does the washing and then puts itself away before you come back.

More at the above link...

(PS: I think I'll be getting an RS Media regardless...;)
Thursday, July 27th, 2006
5:45 pm
[stillcarl]
Sunday, July 9th, 2006
1:10 am
[stillcarl]
Mark Tilden Presentation...
GoRobotics has a 45 minute video of the presentation Mark Tilden made in June at Auckland's Museum of Transport and Technology. It's a big download and the audio could be better, but it's still worth a look.

Interestingly, in the slideshow Tilden shows there's a photo of him with a large robot that I'm picking is a prototype of Robosapien V3. So, do you fancy this...



the slide blown up...



blundering about your house?

Via the robosapien.tk forums.

Edit: Umm, no, It's not RS3...
Friday, July 7th, 2006
8:29 am
[stillcarl]
RS Media and LEGO NXT to converse?
Well yes, according to T3...

Apparently Robosapien designer Mark Tilden loves Mindstorm kit so much he has designed his new robot so that the Mindstorm NXT robot brain fits perfectly on the rear as a backpack. And once the NXT brain is hooked up to the RS Media you can use it to program in complicated sequences of moves to let the Robosapien perform even more tricks.

This should excite those who're really into robotics and are likely to get both.

Oh yes, and The company [meaning WowWee I assume] is also working on other projects including a robotic spider and a robotic dragon fly that controls its pitch and yaw when airborne via subtle movements of its wings.

More at the above link, including photos.
Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
8:26 pm
[stillcarl]
Roboreptiles in the wilds...
of Australia.



I'm a bit late with this, but a couple of Aussies have posted details of their Roboreptiles on the robosapien.tk forums.

Photos by iguana here.

Indepth review by iguana here.

And a dissection by Nocturnal here.

Seems to be quite an angry beast!
Thursday, June 22nd, 2006
9:19 pm
[stillcarl]
Microsoft's Robot SDK...
There's an hour-long video taken inside the Microsoft Robotic Group's secret bunker to be found here, and quite an infectious bunch of people they are too. There's the odd robot to be seen as well.

Yes, I know the idea of Microsoft controlled robots sounds awful, which it probably is, but this lot looks mostly harmless, so it can't do any harm just to watch the show, can it?


Tandy Trower
Head of Microsoft's Robotics Group
Sunday, June 18th, 2006
9:23 am
[stillcarl]
"Roboreptile to be launched worldwide tomorrow"
See The Sunday Mail.

What's more, "Australia's frilled-neck lizard has inspired what is tipped to be the year's hottest toy." Meaning this...



"The Roboreptile will sell for an introductory price of $139 until July 16 and $149 afterwards." (Australian prices.)

'Worldwide' defined.

And as a followup to Friday's video-link, there's a text version of Tilden's visit to Auckland's Museum of Transport and Technology here.
Friday, June 16th, 2006
10:29 pm
[stillcarl]
Mark Tilden on New Zealand TV.
Mark Tilden was on NZ TV tonight, and happily they've posted the interview to the net. Look for 'A Robot in Every Home' here...

http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/497100/751162

Nothing really new, other than the Roboreptile is afraid of the dark - and will cost NZ$169. Has the usual fun Tilden comments, though I notice the most outrageous are only quotes from the reporter. Downloading ourselves into robots not far away, Mark? Me thinks you confused the poor reporter... ;-)
Tuesday, June 13th, 2006
9:14 pm
[stillcarl]
Official Roboreptile site online.
See: http://www.roboreptileonline.com/

Not much there yet, except for the PDF manual. (Which I haven't looked at yet.)

Via: www.robots-dreams.com.
Monday, June 5th, 2006
8:01 pm
[stillcarl]
Robots and Breastfeeding...
As you all probably know, there's to be an LJ-wide protest over the next day or two. See Step apart from Six Apart on 06/06/06 for the details.

This community should be deleted on 06/06/06 for 24 hours or so...

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(Votes by robots will be disallowed.)
Friday, April 21st, 2006
4:09 pm
[stillcarl]
Robosapien vs Robonova?
From here: http://www.stuffmag.co.uk/hotstuffarticle.asp?de_id=1570

Like Arnie in T2, Robosapien awoke this morning with the horrible feeling that a newer, more formidable robot was roaming the streets. He’s right – please, shake the plastic hand of Robonova, our favourite new acro-bot.

Except, out-of-the-box, he won't be roaming the streets, as Robonova hasn't a clue where he is. He can't see, hear or feel, so if you see him on the streets it'll be because he's being driven remotely and not because he's decided to explore his enviroment.

Yes, his walking's way better than either Robosapien, but then it should be for three and a half times the price of a Robosapien V2. But for that three and a half times the price of a V2 you're getting a "robot" without a single sensor. Which kind of misses the point, doesn't it?
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