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Picked up a Robopet recently. It's actually pretty clever and even has a small amount of learning capability. I am a bit saddened that there is no easy way to gain access to it's sensors so I could read the data into a PC and control the robot using homebrew AI routines; but it is definitely a quality unit and a lot of fun.

If you want to chat about, come visit the Robots.net discussion forum.

Hello folks,

Been out of the loop for quite a while. But proud to say that my open source project that controls Robosapien robots was called the "Gold Standard" for PC control Robosapien software in Jamie Samans new book "The Robosapien Companion".

Thanks and don't forget to visit the Robots.net forum.

If anybody has any great Robosapien videos or photos, John Hopkins would like to know about them. John Hopkins is Mark Tilden's cousin and is making a documentatry about Mr. Tilden.

There's been quite a bit of discussion about the Roboraptor on the EvoSapien forum. If you're interested, come vist.

Nothing new to report. I've gearing up to try to do stereo sound identification on my Robosapien V1. I took two electret condenser mics and put them on Robo's head pointing in opposite directions; basically a pair of "ears". Something to do while I wait for the Roboraptor to become available here in the USA.

If you like Robosapien or Roboraptor robots, stop the Evosapien Robosapien & Roboraptor hacks web site.

Don't forget to visit the Robots.net discussion forum.

Just saw a short movie on the WowWee Toys animatronic chimp head. I'm dying to get my hands on that thing. It'll cost about $129 and will be programmable, along with having it's own preprogrammed behaviors.

If anybody wants to discuss this, come over to the Robots.net forum and post in the animatronic section.

Waiting very impatiently for Mark Tilden's Roboraptor robot. Unlike the original Robosapien which only had simple touch sensors, the Roboraptor has stereo sound sensors and dual infrared sensors. That's enough to keep me happy for quite a while.

If anyone has a real slick way to get the information from those sensors and transmit them wirelessly to a PC, please let me know by posting a message at the Robots.net forum. Thanks.

If anybody knows of a USB infrared transmitter that is Windows compatible and about $20 or less, please let me know.

You can contact me by using the Contact Us link at the bottom of the Robosapien Dance Machine page.

Thanks.

I am really proud to announce that SourceForge has named Robosapien Dance Machine as their May 2005 "Project of the Month":

In their own words:

"Every month the team at SourceForge.net picks one project, from among the tens of thousands hosted on SourceForge.net, to honor by naming it Project of the Month."

In addition there's been a massive upgrade to the speech recognition interface of the program. It's called Voice Activated Scripting.

The last version added the ability to control your Robosapien robot with just your voice, as a substitute for the Robosapien remote control. With this new release you can create your own voice commands and tie them to any script you have created. You can make interactive dialogues that will convince your friends that your robot has emotions and a real brain. This makes movie production, comedy skits, and other fun performances even easier to create. The easy-to-use, drag and drop, graphical interface for making scripts has a few improvements as well, including some new command blocks.

Don't worry, I'll be making a new funny movie soon to show off this new feature.

I'm thinking of doing some work with the AVRCam. If anyone has any experience using that item, or something equivalent, please come to my robots forum and contact me. I've heard that it out-performs the CMUCam at "colored blob recognition".

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