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Wednesday, January 11, 2006


Robopet as Traveling Guard Dog

Here's a cool idea for something to do with your Robopet when traveling.

When I stay at a hotel or motel, I always wonder whether or not someone has come into my room or not, when I step out for a moment. Here's how to find out. Put your Robopet near the door and set him to Guard mode. When you come back, take him out of Guard mode. If he simply stands up when you do that, then your room was not disturbed. If he responds with a sequence of growls and pants, then someone entered the room while you were gone. Of course if someone takes your , then you'll also know that your room was disturbed but it is more likely that his barking and growling might just chase off a would-be burglar. Be prepared to explain to the hotel that you don't really have a dog in your room!

Monday, January 09, 2006


Robosapien Dance Machine - Teaser Video

Work on the next version of Robosapien Dance Machine, version 3, is going extremely well. The current publicly available version only works with the original . Version 3 will work with the , , and robots.

Robosapien Dance Machine is my free open source program that lets you use a Windows PC to control you WowWee robot. The user friendly graphical drag and drop interface makes it easy to create fun powerful scripts that make your robot dance and act in funny perfomances that you design. Robosapien Dance Machine's two other most notable features are the ability to command your robot using just your voice, instead of using the complex remote control, and to instantly share scripts with other users via a script bank; either scripts you created or scripts created by others.

This 1 minute (3 MB) preview video shows my Robosapien V2, original Robosapien, and my chrome Robopet interacting and generally causing a ruckus. Enjoy!

If you have questions, visit the Evosapien forum and look for the Robosapien Dance Machine section.

P.S. - I don't have the Roboraptor in the video because his great big scaly green butt wouldn't fit in the shot (or on the table)! (Sorry Fluffy!)

Sunday, January 08, 2006


Robopet Controlled By Lego Mindstorms RCX computer!

There's a new heavyweight hacker in town and his name is Pavel Petrovič. Him and his friend Richard Balogh are doing amazing things with infrared signals, especially in regards to controlling other robots with the RCX computer (also known as the RCX brick). He recently created code, that he is sharing publicly, that controls a Robopet robot from his Lego Mindstorms Roverbot. The little Roverbot wheels around and issues infrared commands to the , and the Robopet obediently carries them out. Make sure you watch the fascinating video of this interspecies robot communication experiment.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006


Mini Robopet

This is not confirmed yet, but I just had a forum user post a message saying that he saw the at a local K-mart in Australia. The strangest part of the post was that the Mini Robopet appears to be a wind-up toy! The cost for the Mini Robopet at that K-mart was a little under $10 AUD. If anyone has a Mini Robopet or has played with one at a local store, please post a comment with details about it. Also, tell us how many features it has compared to the full-sized .

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