Feb 042006

Robosapien RS2 Media Robot

I’m a little bit late posting today so by now just about everybody else has already reported this, but in case you missed it (or in case NeuralDump is your sole source for news), You-Review.net has posted an interview with Mark Tilden, the controversial roboticist who’s responsible for the immensely popular line of WowWee robots including the Robosapien, the Robosapien V2, the Roboraptor, and the Robopet. The interview was conducted via Blackberry over the course of a week and covers Tilden’s thoughts on robot building and the role of microprocessors in simple robots, and offers some details about the new models announced at CES earlier this year.

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Jan 312006

Lem over at Robots-Dreams.com, a great resource for robot enthusiasts and a site I frequent often for news and inspiration, managed to get Australian robot hacker Sean Jefferies, aka Sprocket2Cog, on the phone last week. The two spoke for 45 minutes about how Jefferies got his start in robotics and his work hacking, among other things, LEGO Mindstorms and Roboraptors. You may know of Sean’s work and not even realize it. If you regularly read any of the tech blogs, you probably saw the picture of his Grover/Robosapien V2 chimera as it made the rounds a few weeks ago. Actually much of Sean’s work is pretty practical and should be of great interest to most hobbyists. Especially interesting is his project to control a Robosapien using a LEGO RCX brick. The two conclude their conversation with their predictions for the future of consumer robotics and robot hacking. Swing over to Robots-Dreams.com and take a listen to the interview. It’s definitely worth the time.

Jan 082006

Robosapien RS2 Media Robot
WowWee announced three new robots at the Consumer Electronics Expo (CES) in Las Vegas last week, and the guys from both Gizmodo and Engadget were able to swing by their booth at the Sands Convention Center to get firsthand glimpses of the new bots, and to provide for us, the unfortunate non-attendees, some great pictures. The Robosapien RS2 Media, the Roboreptile, and the P-Bot will become available commercially over the next year and a half and will join the other immensely popular robots manufactured by WowWee including the Robosapien, the Robosapien V2, the Roboraptor, and the Robopet.

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Sep 302005
Robosapien Junior

Playskool Robosapien Junior

Gadget Madness is reporting today the first official sighting in the wild of the newest member of the Robosapien family, the Robosapien Junior by Playskool. Like it’s older siblings, the original Robosapien and the Mini Robosapien, Junior is one tough-looking robot. With “Bump-n-Giggle” technology (Hasbro’s term, not mine), it’s usefulness as a hacking platform is questionable at best, but I can’t think of a better (or cuter) way to introduce robots to the next generation of hackers, programmers, and scientists.

Robosapien Junior product page