Monday, December 05, 2005

Robosapien V2 Vision Hack

The 's vision systems likes lots of light, lots and lots of light. If you don't have sufficient light he will not recognize his ball or his pins or skin tones, and will frequently complain of "low light levels". This behavior is mistakenly leading some people to think the vision system doesn't work well. It does, you just need a lot of light. If you are having problems with your Robosapien V2's vision system, then try this simple test. During the day but in a shaded area, like in the garage of a house when the garage door is open, see how well your Robosapien V2 recognizes his toys. Make sure you don't have shadows covering the ball, either from your hand or the from objects in the area.

The interesting news is that Carloz, a Robosapien V2 modder, posted a thread on the Robosapien.tk forum reporting his hack where he adds a white LED to the Robosapien V2's head, so that the V2 has his own light source. (An LED is a Light Emitting Diode so in essence, he has a flashlight in his head now). He claims that since he added the hack he no longer has any problems with the vision system and his Robosapien V2 recognizing objects. In his own words, this is a complicated hack that involves disassembling the head, drilling a hole, and attaching the camera to the USB camera PCB board and power lines. The message thread has detailed instructions on how to complete the hack.

Way to go Carloz!

WARNING: This hack falls squarely under the "voiding the warranty" category, we do not recommend this hack to you and if you try it, you do so at your own risk!

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