This last tip is a gem. It will help you to complete the illusion of your robot having extreme intelligence and personality. One of the extra cool features of Robosapien Dance Machine is the ability to seamlessly switch between Basic Commands and Voice Activated Scripts.
The current Robosapien robot version, the V1, does not have vision, infrared, or sonar sensors. In other words, hes blind and deaf. This is why cant wait for the Robosapien V2 robot and we hope to high heaven that Mark Tilden will let us read those sensors from a PC. (Feel free to e-mail WowWee Toys about this and demand it repeatedly!)
This creates a problem when you are trying to get him to pick something up, or whack another robot upside the head; you have to line him up for the attack. Nothing will shatter your illusion of robot intelligence faster then suddenly giving him specific commands to line him up.
One minute youre saying cool things like What do you think of rock and roll? and the next you are tediously barking out turn left and turn right commands. So whats the solution?
Create short scripts that execute one simple Basic Command and trigger them with conversational voice commands. It breaks down like this:
- Create a single command script that turns your robot left. Make the voice command for this script What are you doing?
- Create another single command script that turns your robot right. Make the voice command for this script Be nice Robo!
- Create one last script that executes a series of attacks. Make the voice command for this script Bad Robot, bad!
How does this all work? Heres a concrete example: