Robosapien Update with Video
Posted 20 Feb 2004 at 02:16 UTC by steve
There's a lot of buzz lately about Robosapien,
Mark Tilden's latest robotics venture. Dave Hrynkiw of Solarbotics sent us this update:
"Solarbotics visited Mark Tilden at the Wow-Wee show room during the
2004 New York City Toy Fair. The Robosapien has been getting very high
interest, garnering coverage in both the toy-trade and TIME magazine
issues released during the fair. It's presently on pre-sale at BestBuy.com (on their website cover
page) for $99.99 (yes we know that Toys'R'Us
/ Amazon list it for $89.99, but we have it on good authority that
they'll most likely not be getting it in stock before BestBuy does).We
are fortunate to be the first to bring you video
footage of what the production Robosapien is capable of. Enjoy!"
The Solarbotics site also has plenty of photos
and video of the development and pre-production versions of the robot.
I've already watched 2 of the videos and I'm sure I'll watch the rest.
Be warned, they will probably make you place an order for the bot.
Interface, posted 20 Feb 2004 at 05:09 UTC by roschler »
Just finished the videos.
If they don't come up with a PC
interface to control the same functions as the remote I'm literally
going to cry.
I have no words capable of describing the joy I‛TM]m feeling after
watching the video‛TM]s; for $99 I will be in line buying as many as I
can sneak past my wife :) it certainly looks like a fun / hackable
Let us know, posted 20 Feb 2004 at 06:58 UTC by roschler »
Please keep us informed about your Robosapiens projects when you do!
newer link, posted 20 Feb 2004 at 14:37 UTC by aplumb »
the more recent WowWee toys Robosapiens page.
I saw Mark Tilden back in '92 (or was it '93?) when he came to Queen's to give a talk. Watching
those videos brings back memories. It's not yet the robot army he's
hoped to build, but perhaps the reason why we can't pre-order them here
in Canada is that they're a controlled munition of some kind.?.
I can only say its really pretty neat.
Way to go.
Scalable?, posted 22 Feb 2004 at 19:44 UTC by while_true »
Let me say first that this is probably the coolest toy I've seen in a
while, orders of magnitude better than Lego MindStorms if it is
programmable in some way or another.
I am going to get one, and it'll be walking around my office in the
Field Robotics Center at CMU ASAP!
BUT, I have to say that I wonder how useful this will be other than
generating excitement about robotics. Looking at some of the projects
around here, it is clear that our approach is not doable by hobbyists.
Further it would appear that many problems can't be solved by such
For instance, if you wanted this bot to react to a human face, I could
easily write a real-time algorithm that could identify a face in an
image stream (look here for more info:
BUT this would require a large processor, camera, and power supply.
Would this fit on the RoboSapien? I'm going to find out soon enough :)
My point is that once you start to scale these things to anything
beyond a toy, problems arise and the approach breaks down. I am
impressed by the balancing act created by the large feet and good
design. I am not convinced you can scale this to be more than a toy
without taking the high road (non-BEAM). This is why I‛TM]m not actively
trying to build a robot army to defend myself against Mark Tilden‛TM]s
What do you think?
Again, I love the RoboSapien already, and I'm going to get one :)
The videos are really impressive. And $99 is really cheap. Psst, how is
the build quality? I hope its not made of flimsy plastic imported from
China or something(no offence meant..)....;)
Everything comes from China now.
When my old Bosch "Made in Germany" drill finally went bad,
I needed a new battery powered drill, so I went to Home Depot.
I saw the Black and Decker drill, but I noticed it was "Made in China"
on the box. Next I looked at the Bosch drills, yup, "Made in China"
too. Then I looked at Dewalt, sure enough, "Made in China", then on to
Makita, and there it was, "Made in China" too. Even the Skill Saw
drills were "Made in China". I suspect they all are made in the same
factory too. I wound up getting a new Makita drill and at home it
passed the 3.5" sheet rock screw into a four by four test.
But I do agree, I hope it isn't a incredibly "el-Cheapo" toy, that only
works for 5 minutes before breaking.