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Monday, February 20, 2006


Robopet vs. i-Cybie

I have seen comments and emails from some of you asking for a comparison between the and the robot dogs. I own both and now have had a chance to think about the differences between the two robots. Here's a quick breakdown:



Which one should you choose? If you have the money, get both. They are completely different robots and clearly different robot dogs. If you are on a budget, then the Robopet will be close to half the cost of the i-Cybie. Otherwise, read the features above again and see which feature speaks to your heart the most. One quick note, the i-Cybie is about four times the size of the Robopet.

I'll be putting out some comparison videos of the two dogs soon, so you can really see what I am talking about in this post. If you want to be notified when they are finished, then use the subscribe form at the top of my blog.


i-Cybie Consumer Reports and Technical Information
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Robopet User Forum
i-Cybie User Forum

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 .

Saturday, December 31, 2005


Robopet - Guardian Of The Egg Sandwich!

-- from mavra_chang - (?)
True and hilarious Robopet story. I found out about this wonderful picture from Lem Fugitt's Robot Dreams blog (if you're not reading it regularly you really should). Apparently at her Christmas party Megan had an egg sandwich that the family dog wanted to chow down on really badly. Megan put the Robopet in guard mode near the sandwich. Every time the dog approached Robopet barked and scared the dog away!

A truly creative use of ! Go and see the rest of Mavra's Robopet photo's on flickr!

Wednesday, December 28, 2005


Robopet Walking Video

Lem Fugitt has done it again with a really great video of the Robopet's walking gaits. If you have been wondering how well the gets around then this is the video for you. Being the technical guy that he is, he actually explains how the Robopet manages to walk. He points out that the Robopet takes advantage it's rocking motion to move; a trait common to all of Mark Tilden's current robots. He also gives an interesting breakdown of how the Robopet manages to turn using different movements for its front and back legs; with all of this being done without any knees! Take a look at his blog page and then watch the video, "My Puppy Has No Knees!".

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