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First Peek at Robosapien V2

CowboyNeal posted more than 9 years ago | from the robot-parade dept.

Robotics 208

balancedi writes "According to OnRobo, the New Robosapien looks to be a lot more fun but it had better be at a $200 price tag. While still controllable via remote he now is more autonomous. He also has more range of motion, better hands, a vision color system, and a laser tracking system."

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fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11282602)

fp

FP? (-1, Offtopic)

GrendelT (252901) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282607)

This might be a first post - but probably not...

Re:FP? (-1, Redundant)

GrendelT (252901) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282634)

...wow, it was a first post. Amazing, truly an honor.

Re:FP? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11282687)

Except for the fact that it wasn't

Laser tracking systems make all the difference (4, Funny)

Rares Marian (83629) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282611)

Without them no one would know it was cool.

Re:Laser tracking systems make all the difference (2, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282712)

Without them no one would know it was cool.

I thought that was supposed to be the sharks with the lasers.

I for one welcome our new Robosapien V2 Overlo... oh buggerit.

First Post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11282616)

It is, or probably not

lasers!!?? (4, Funny)

myowntrueself (607117) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282625)

"and a laser tracking system."

Well this'll get it in trouble under the U SAP AT RIOT act! Better watch out for airliners when playing with this.

Re:lasers!!?? (4, Funny)

BrynM (217883) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282643)

U SAP AT RIOT
What's with the s pa c es? Are you used to writing spam or something?

Re:lasers!!?? (2, Insightful)

PornMaster (749461) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282688)

Maybe he's trying to fly under the Echelon "radar". :)

Re:lasers!!?? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11282751)

A lot of people (ok, four people) are using this alternate presentation of the acronym USA PATRIOT which actually stands for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism.

By typing it in a way that avoids use of the string PATRIOT, they remind the reader that you can be both against America and against this legislation.

Re:lasers!!?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11282767)

...of course, I meant you can be both against this legislation and pro-America.

Re:lasers!!?? (1)

BrynM (217883) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282775)

A lot of people (ok, four people) are using this alternate presentation of the acronym USA PATRIOT which actually stands for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism.
Thanks for the info! That's certainly an interesting approach.

Re:lasers!!?? (4, Insightful)

myowntrueself (607117) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282811)

No, its just that spelling it USA PATRIOT act is just wrong because its got nothing to do with patriotism.

Just doing my little subversive bit for society.

Re:lasers!!?? (1)

BrynM (217883) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282960)

Someone pointed [slashdot.org] that out to me. A justified answer. Sorry if I offended

MOD THIS TRAITOR DOWN (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11282967)


you heathen,
turn in your badge, radio and hip flask, and report to the Department of Behaviour Adjustments at once!

Re:MOD THIS TRAITOR DOWN (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11283078)

ahhh I see your brainwashing is complete.

Re:MOD THIS TRAITOR DOWN (1)

myowntrueself (607117) | more than 9 years ago | (#11283186)

Yes yes and I am sure that I must hate freedom as well

;-p

Re:lasers!!?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11283010)

Maybe it's some sort of hidden message.

Yew Sap At Riot?

Hmm...that's a head-scratcher. What riot? And what did the Yew sap have to do with it?

Wait a minute, I've got it! It all makes sense now... the second shooter, the grassy kno=20 ]} $}1}&..}=3Dr}'}"}[NO CARRIER]

Re:lasers!!?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11282938)

the U SAP AT RIOT act

is that a new London/Broadway Tim Rice play about an overpriced software [sap.com] company that makes customers break into a riot ?

Found another one! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11282939)

If you are caught trying to board an airplane with one I assume you'll get a cavity search? I'll be impressed if they find a second one.

I welcome our new robot... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11282639)

Ah, screw it.

Well... (5, Funny)

Blue-Footed Boobie (799209) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282640)

I, for one, welcome our new Version 2 Laser-Tracking (Now with Colorvision!) overlords!

Still just a toy (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11282641)

Even from a geek point of view, these are not hugely hackable (I think) and serve no real purpose

Now if the shell was available and fully programmable, it'd be worthwhile

Re:Still just... the RoBoSexual (2, Funny)

vettemph (540399) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282886)

I heard they are also releasing the RoBoSexual V1.0 which comes with several trojans and backdoor exploits. Enjoy :)

Re:Still just a toy (3, Informative)

elleomea (749084) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282901)

They can be pretty customisable, as shown by NimbRo [uni-freiburg.de] .

Re:Still just a toy (1)

macdaddy357 (582412) | more than 9 years ago | (#11283214)

This little thing is cute, but I want a robot that cooks, cleans and takes care of all the other householdchores while I drink beer and watch TV. Something like Rosie from The Jetsons.

Woot! (1)

One of the abnormals (817423) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282644)

but it had better be at a $200 price tag

So? Even if it's expensive, http://woot.com/ [woot.com] Woot will get it cheap somehow....

All I want... (5, Funny)

WD_40 (156877) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282646)

... Is robots with frickin' laser beams. Is that too much to ask?

Last heard.... (5, Funny)

mesach (191869) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282649)

Mumbling something about finding Sara Connor.

Re:Last heard.... (1)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282870)

I like how Fark jokes get reposted on Slashdot. No, wait... I think that's annoying.

Re:Last heard.... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11283027)

Awww you poor darling, your life must be pain. How about you just fuck off and die?

Useful? (2, Interesting)

koreaman (835838) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282656)

Besides being a toy, is this thing actually useful at all? Can it go get your newspaper or anything like that?

Restaurant greeter? (1)

FleaPlus (6935) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282942)

I could definitely see a modified/hacked version of one of these making a great "greeter" in the entrance of restaurants. It'd be really cool to interact with one of these while waiting to be seated, perhaps while it suggests various items to order.

Damn, visual processing? (2, Insightful)

PornMaster (749461) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282660)

Mirrordot of the FA [mirrordot.org]

Sensory features include a vision color system that enables Robosapien V2 to recognize objects and skin tones; he can wave when he sees you and reach out to shake your hand.

I think that's pretty f'ing amazing.

Robo Laws (0, Redundant)

spac3manspiff (839454) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282662)

I wonder if the FBI will arrest the robot if it aims it's laser at a plane?

Re:Robo Laws (-1, Offtopic)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282759)

The robot would never do that. Have you forgotten the three laws? To recap here they are:
  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Re:Robo Laws (2, Insightful)

vitamine73 (818599) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282827)

Hum. A robot could destroy a plane in either of the following cases:

1) if it's a drone

2) if destroying said plane would cause less human suffering/deaths then not destroying it (0th law comes to mind)

Re:Robo Laws (1)

Tony Hoyle (11698) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282845)

The first law is all screwed up...

If we told a robot that a terrorist was on the plane, and he was about to crash it into somewhere like the superbowl, what would he do?

1. Nothing, because it would cause harm to a human being.
2. Blow the plane up, because his inaction would allow a human being to come to harm.

Imagine he chooses 2. OK so we lied, there was no terrorist... what was the point of the first law then?

Re:Robo Laws (1)

Sparr0 (451780) | more than 9 years ago | (#11283029)

uhm, the exact same thing applies to people. the person has to take input (observations and information) and decide what is actually happening, then make a decision based on that. theres no way to ensure that bad output wont come from bad input, but the first law provides that given correct input the robot will make the right choice (by someone's definition of right).

Re:Robo Laws (1)

wvitXpert (769356) | more than 9 years ago | (#11283201)

Unless you've actually watched the movie and know that the robots might decide that the best thing to do is herd us all up so we can't "hurt" ourselves.

Re:Robo Laws (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11283358)

Those laws are BS. A robot will do what it is programmed to do. And nobody is going to bother programming Asimov's laws into a robot.

It may work in books or the movies but real world robots just do their jobs -and yes, that can include killing humans. I don't think any TRUE robots have actually done that but it is only because TRUE robots -machines that run themselves based on programming- are really pretty rare.

Remote-control machines like the recon drones, battle bots, etc, with a human pushing the buttons have killed humans.

My more autonomous new Robosapien did it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11282673)

Send him to Guantanamo.

asdf (0, Offtopic)

templest (705025) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282674)

23rd post

I was hot and I was hungry (1)

cloudscout (104011) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282686)

Oh, great. Ken's tracking system is gone.

Re:I was hot and I was hungry (2, Funny)

cloudscout (104011) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282710)

Err... sorry... "Kent's tracking system". Grr.

Re:I was hot and I was hungry (1)

3nuff (824173) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282780)

Wonder if anyone else got that... "Rue the day? Does anyone talk like that any more?"

Re:I was hot and I was hungry (1)

JohnAllison (838880) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282823)

Ice is Nice. Great Movie

Re:I was hot and I was hungry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11282824)

You know you're not supposed to park that on campus...

Re:I was hot and I was hungry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11282838)

I would have replied earlier that I got it, but I was too busy slicing dry ice slugs so I could get something to drink... :)

BUT... Can he run Linux?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11282692)

Had to, sorry everyone.

Re:BUT... Can he run Linux?! (1)

spac3manspiff (839454) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282717)

yes only a Live distro!

Haha

And what about clusters? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11283205)

Can you build a cluster of those?

Re:BUT... Can he run Linux?! (1)

templest (705025) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282721)

Yes, put some sneakers on it and draw little penguins on them.

*grin*

Even cooler than the robot (1)

Ra5pu7in (603513) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282693)

is the companion robotic creatures. A couple of the dinosaur-like ones set to be aggressive could be funny to watch interact. Wonder how robosapien would control three or four aggressive roboraptors. :)

*sounds fantastic* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11282695)

But is it 3 laws compliant?

The robots are coming... (4, Interesting)

PeterPiper (167721) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282708)

I give it five years before this 'toy' evolves through annual improvements into something that can fetch a cold beer from the fridge for you. A robot priced in the high end toy range that could actually do household chores, is that still a toy?

My girlfriend is terrified of robots, a true phobia. She better get over it soon.

Re:The robots are coming... (5, Funny)

vettemph (540399) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282920)

>She better get over it soon.

...or learn to fetch cold beers.

Re:The robots are coming... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11283118)

My girlfriend is terrified of robots, a true phobia. She better get over it soon.
Dump her now! It will only get worse, women are a dime a dozen you can get another from megatech.

Also detailed at PC Magazine (5, Informative)

hockeyrink (264208) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282709)

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1748603,00.as p [pcmag.com]

Some nice popups of the new trio of bots coming out this year. Tilden isn't at the CES show, and says that these models are early prototypes, but promises that the New York Toy Fair show will show off much better developed versions.

Robopet (5, Interesting)

deemzzzz_k (826129) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282732)

I'm actually much more impressed with robo-pet. The proposed price of $70 for something that can manage commands, has touch sensors, can be walked on a "laser leash" (assuming that means it'll follow a laser pointer around) and can learn like AIBO at almost 1/10th of the cost....WOW


I sincerely doubt the new robosapien will be a success though. For $200 it's no longer in the upper range of toys - it's entering the price range of video game systems, televisions... the feature set is impressibe but most will likely never really use them.
Unless there are practical applications - RoboSapien - get me a beer!

Danger, danger (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11282734)

"... and a laser tracking system."

Umm, so this robot. It can shoot down airliners? That won't go over well.

Cool (2, Funny)

Jailbrekr (73837) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282743)

Can it throw a bone in the air when it spots a black obilisk?

Robot Fighting Action! (1)

Digital-A (844879) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282747)

Lazer tracking system.... Robosapien sounds like a formidable opponent for battle bots....

Re:Robot Fighting Action! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11282778)

In what retarded backwater do you spell LASER with a Z??

DV-5 (1)

vitamine73 (818599) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282750)

One robot controlling others? reminds me of this short story by this obscur sci-fi writer...

woups, sorry, got to go and catch that rabbit!

My question is... (1)

robyannetta (820243) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282757)

Why dosen't Honda sell the Asimo [honda.com] ? That's the coolest freaking robot ever.

Re:My question is... (2, Informative)

marcushnk (90744) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282800)

because its slow, takes _hours_ to recharge for 30 mins of use and cost friggin millions.

But yes its exciting to see that honda are leading the world in this tech

Re:My question is... (1)

Poseidon88 (791279) | more than 9 years ago | (#11283000)

It's been a research project for going on 2 decades now, but is still technically a prototype. It demoes well, but I wonder how reliable it is. My understanding is that they intend for it to be a "helper" robot for the elderly, so they won't consider it ready for sale until it is rock-solidly reliable and useful.

Re:My question is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11283019)

Because at this point in time, it would cost a fortune, and it's not worth it for Honda to put their technology into the hands of people who could reverse engineer it and "catch up" to their progress. It's best to keep doing R&D until you end up with a viable mass-market product.

PS: "vision color system"?? What's that? Is it anything like a "color vision system"?

Re:My question is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11283151)

What makes you think you could afford it?

Robot suicide (1)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282772)

Robosapien V2 comes equipped with "laser" tracking; trace a laser path on the ground and he'll follow it.

Does this mean we will see robosapians leaping from tall buildings at passing aircraft?

Will it ever leave the States? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11282782)

Surely if encryption > 128 bit is a threat to US National security then a laser guidance system in a box also an illegal export.

article text (2, Informative)

ctrudeau (514001) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282803)

Robosapien(TM) V2 - Bigger, Smarter and more fun Print E-mail

Written by OnRobo News Desk
Tuesday, 04 January 2005

More about Robosapien V2What a guy! Today Wowwee Robotics division gave us a first peek at Robosapien 2. As promised by Mark Tilden, Robosapien's creator, the new version has some great new features including much more agility, improved ability to talk and interact with others, and a fun new laser tracking feature. Like it's the original Robosapien the Robosapien V2 is destined to be a hit toy for 2005.

Robosapein V2 is fully controllable and programmable by remote control and fully autonomous in free-roam mode. He brings the fluid movement and biomechanical agility of Robosapien to a whole new level. Robosapien V2Gaining a whopping 10" in height, Robosapien V2 now has full range of motion and the ability to pick up, drop and throw objects with his finely tuned precision hands. Advanced agility allows him to bend over and twist from side to side, so he can now sit, bend, lie down and stand up.

Robosapien V2 will interact with his surroundings, and even responds with a 'real voice'...Robosapien V2 can talk! Fully equipped with infra-red radar vision, Robosapien's V2 moving eyes with blue LED lights can detect obstacles, track movements and take objects handed to him.

Sensory features include a vision color system that enables Robosapien V2 to recognize objects and skin tones; he can wave when he sees you and reach out to shake your hand. A stereo sound detection system allows him to respond and react to noises in the environment. Robosapien V2 comes equipped with "laser" tracking; trace a laser path on the ground and he'll follow it. And, Robosapien V2 couldn't carry the Robosapien name if he didn't possess a one-of-a-kind attitude-filled personality! Robosapien V2 is so advanced he can even control his new friends - Roboraptor(TM) and Robopet(TM). Suggested retail price $200.

Text for RoboPet and RoboRaptor article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11283023)

[The server seems to be slowly dying, so here's the text from the supplemental article on RoboPet and RoboRaptor. Posted anonymously to prevent karma whoring]

A bot with friends
Written by OnRobo News Desk
Wednesday, 05 January 2005
Learn about Robopet and RobosaurIs your original Robosapien a little bit bored (or boring)? We'll the New Robosapien V2 won't have to have that problem because Wowwee is also creating two new friends for him to interact with. Roboraptor(TM) which is a dinosaur robot and Robopet(TM) which is a ... well actually we aren't sure what it is.

The new robots are fully controllable and programmable by remote control and fully autonomous in their free-roam mode. And these highly intelligent robotic companions are able to interact with their owners and one another. The new Robosapien V2 can even control his new friends.

Roboraptor(TM)

Dinosaurs may be extinct, but Roboraptor brings them into the age of technology. At 32 inches long, Roboraptor is a realistic robotic beast who is easily controlled and mastered with a remote control. Roboraptor's fluid biomechanical motion allows for three bipedal movement gaits - predatory, walking and running. Multi-sensor environmental awareness allows Roboraptor to hear, see and feel people and the environment around him - he has multiple touch sensors in the head and tail, while sonic sensors detect sound and direction. Look out - Roboraptor has a strong jaw with powerful snapping action and the ability to pick up objects. With three distinct moods: hunter, cautious and playful - Roboraptor will keep you on your toes. Go near his face when he's hunting and he'll behave aggressively; touch his face when he's playful and he'll nuzzle your hand. The Roboraptor is expected to cost around $99.

Robopet(TM)

Robosapien V2 has a new best friend - Robopet! This biomechanical Robopet is extremely expressive with lifelike animations and digital animal sounds. Robopet is easily programmed with a remote to perform sequences of movements and tricks. Robopet walks, crawls, sits down and stands up, runs and jumps, and can perform an array of pet tricks including lying down, rolling over, begging and howling! Robopet is trainable and responds to positive and negative reinforcement. Multi-sensors allow Robopet to be aware of his surroundings, triggering new moods. He is able to avoid obstacles, respond to sounds - even function as a guard dog! When it is time to take Robopet for a walk, use the "laser" light leash on the controller to mark a path for Robopet to follow. Robopet is expected cost about $70 which cheaper than his companions

Both robots are simply cool looking and should be a big hit with kids. Infact, since they're less than half the price of the Robosapien V2 they might be more of a hit with parents than Robosapien.

slashdotted... (1)

skydude_20 (307538) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282810)

I hope they didn't use robosapien as their webserver as well, cuz man, after only ~30 posts it's already gone

Re:slashdotted... (1)

dabigpaybackski (772131) | more than 9 years ago | (#11283056)

I hope they didn't use robosapien as their webserver as well, cuz man, after only ~30 posts it's already gone

No, for that there's Roboserver, which automatically connects wirelessly with other nearby Roboservers in order to handle increased traffic loads. Unfortunately, the prototypes aren't yet Slashdot-capable.

Alternate submission (with more info) (4, Informative)

FleaPlus (6935) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282855)

Darn, somebody beat me to the submission. Anyways, here's my version, which has some more information:

Robotics physicist Mark Tilden [wikipedia.org] has unveiled his follow-ups [pcmag.com] to the Robosapien [wowwee.com] , which was mentioned on slashdot last year [slashdot.org] and sold rather well [timesonline.co.uk] during the holidays. The foremost is the $200 Robosapien V2 [pcmag.com] , which will be able to lie down, stand up, speak, use its built-in camera to recognize objects and people, and follow a laser-traced path. The $70 Robopet [pcmag.com] will be able to perform simple tricks and learn through positive and negative reinforcement. The $100 Roboraptor [pcmag.com] is covered with sensors and will have three different moods: hunter, cautious, and playful. The Robopet is scheduled to launch in July, with the Robosapien V2 and Roboraptor scheduled for September. I can't wait to see what hacks [slashdot.org] people come up with for this.

With apologies to Pete Shelley (3, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282867)

It's from Wowwee,
Site says "owee!"
Slashvertisement for,
Robosapien 2!

Mark the Tilden,
BEAM he's buildin',
10" filled in,
Robosapien 2!

And I just hope and pray that my two hundred bucks is at hand,
You and I, me and you, Franklin Benjamins two - understand?
And this filk is so wrong and their webserver's not strong enough
(And you really don't want to see JPGs and GIFs of our love)
I don't wanna classify you like an animal in the zoo,
But it seems good to me to know you want a Robosapien too!

Connection failed,
Server got nailed,
Sysadmin bailed,
Robosapien too.

Robosuperior,
In my interior,
Controlled from shell scripts,
It's Robosapien 2,
And you're Robosapien too,
It's my Robosapien V2!
And we're Robosapien toooooo...

well, atleast its high end (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11282881)

Makes for a great vibrator.

Their target audience for this product is single woman in their late 20's.

$200 is CHEAP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11282882)


its just that the dollar isn't worth anything [yahoo.com] anymore

inflation is next up, go ask that boss for a pay rise

Unbelievably Lifelike (3, Funny)

popo (107611) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282896)

New ultra realistic 2.0 Robosapiens can get "depressed" (RealEmotion engine 2.3) in which case they just won't "want" to do anything cool. (It's pretty incredible functionality). So if your RoboSapien isn't doing anything particularly exciting -- its not broken, its just not in the mood. Oh, and apparently they also come with "RealDeath(tm)" -- so don't *ever* turn them off.

Re:Unbelievably Lifelike (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11282976)

Why does it has to be depressed to do nothing. Maybe it is just tired. Or maybe it is lazy. Sounds like this thing was designed by a type-A personality, sounds really annoying.

Re:Unbelievably Lifelike (2, Funny)

dabigpaybackski (772131) | more than 9 years ago | (#11283074)

Oh, and apparently they also come with "RealDeath(tm)" -- so don't *ever* turn them off.

So it's kind of like "PlannedObsolescence(tm)," right?

Re:Unbelievably Lifelike (1)

RJabelman (550626) | more than 9 years ago | (#11283165)

So that's why my PS/2 refuses to read discs any more!

Would be cool if... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11282916)

It would be neat if the thing could plug itself into a power outlet and recharge.... just let it roam around the office all day.

maybe it could be implemented where it has a mode in which you can teach it the locations of power outlets...

heh, throw on a wifi camera...

A feature I'd like to see (2)

SCHecklerX (229973) | more than 9 years ago | (#11282921)

Haven't read the article yet...

I have the original, and it is a blast to bring to parties and such. What I thought would be a really easy addition would be a flash card reader that simply read a bunch of simple commands. Just put the commands in a standard file. You could then execute with a single button on the remote.

Better yet, have the ability to have multiple sets.

Seems like a great way to overcome the fact that the V1 robosapien can't remember anything you program into it.

Re:A feature I'd like to see (1)

jhobbs (659809) | more than 9 years ago | (#11283138)

What I thought would be a really easy addition would be a flash card reader that simply read a bunch of simple commands.

OH! That kind of flash card! As I was reading the above I pictured standing in my living room holding index cards with commands written on them in front of my Robosapien and it reading them and nodding that it understood. Maybe some more coffee will help . . .

Call me when... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11282927)

They look more like this [realdoll.com] .

Lost Lasers (2, Funny)

magarity (164372) | more than 9 years ago | (#11283039)

and a laser tracking system

Cool, now maybe I'll stop losing the things all over the place.

Worse use for Robosapien (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11283059)

I actually know someone who admitted to me that he got his Robosapien to manually stimulate him. I asked why, he giggled.

My robosapien (2, Informative)

papasui (567265) | more than 9 years ago | (#11283081)

I got the original model for a present for christmas . Yeah it's a toy but it is pretty darn amazing just how many things it can do. The sensors can be programmed to have (i think up to 20?) reflex commands programmed. So you can set it up to wander around and if it hits a wall it turns the other direction and keeps going. Plus anything that scares the cat away never hurts having around.

More at PC Mag (2, Informative)

jwgoerlich (661687) | more than 9 years ago | (#11283082)

PC Magazine [pcmag.com] has more details.

J Wolfgang Goerlich

mmm lasers (1)

gibs (827394) | more than 9 years ago | (#11283110)

i can just imagine the robosapien alongside my cat, jumping up the wall trying to capture the laser dot. tee hee. i wonder how long it will be before these things start to replace pets?

Better be careful... (1)

ZSpade (812879) | more than 9 years ago | (#11283197)

Where it points that thing, it might face 20 years under the patriot act...

Infra-red radar vision, eh? (0, Flamebait)

Xeger (20906) | more than 9 years ago | (#11283229)

Someone needs to read his physics textbook! Marketing hacks amuse me. Sometimes, I get the impression they're arbitrarily stringing together half-remembered words until their bullet point sounds cool enough.

This might work most of the time... but when you're writing the advertising copy for a toy marketed toward geeks? Really, now!

Next, they'll be claiming that Robo Sapien is capable of a running crawl. He'll be compatible with wired WiFi! He'll be able to jump to great depths, leaping tall buildings in a single dive!

Then again, maybe Robo Sapien really CAN emit both infrared and radar. Perhaps in 2006 he'll come in x-ray and microwave flavors, followed in 2008 by the gamma ray Robo Sapien.

At that point, who'll need the US army anymore?

When can he get me a beer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11283307)

Useless if it can't fetch a beer!

j/k .. good work etc.

Wow... (1)

Dejohn (164452) | more than 9 years ago | (#11283355)

"Robosapien(tm) V2 - Bigger, Smarter, and more fun" Internal Server Error

Ah, but can you pilot it... (2, Funny)

Killjoy-Modus (838414) | more than 9 years ago | (#11283381)

...via the Steel Battalion [capcom.com] game controller?
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