Tuesday, January 10, 2006


The original Robosapien was invented by NASA scientist, Mark Tilden who worked on the robot that went to Mars. Whether this is good for us, or very bad for Mars, it's too early to tell. Nevertheless, Robosapien took the world (if not Mars) by storm, and now the next generation Robosapien V2 has arrived. He's bigger, brighter, faster - kind of like Steve Austin but with more facial expressions. Pumped up on android steroids, Robosapien V2 is a mighty 2ft (60cm) tall and towers over his earliest incarnation, but of course not only is he butcher (not a real butcher, it would be inadvisable to let him lose with sharp objects), he's had a massive brain implant. He now has a multi-sensory, interactive humanoid personality (unlike Steve Austin), and is now capable of autonomous behaviour - reacting to things he sees, sounds he hears, (as well as people and objects), which is a lot more interaction than you get from some people round here. So he's big, and he's clever, but what we really love about the big lunk is his newfound agility.

Robosapien V2Version 1 was very 'B' Movie robotic, but Robosapien V2 is like a yoga instructor (sort of) in comparison. He can bend down, sit and lie down, get up (this is really a very clever first in robotics), wave his arms around, and his hands even have articulated fingers and precision gripping - way cool. Not only is he agile, he's also programmed to avoids obstacles and table edges, and he can even track moving objects!

As well as reacting to your voice, being able to follow an object and pick it up (here Fido!), moving around like a proper robot (he puts 3PO's waddling about to shame) and having a two axis turning head and animated LED eyes, he also reacts with other Robonetics, like the Robopet and Roboraptor. All in all Robosapien V2 is king of the robots, and the most gargantuan leap forward in Robotic technology imaginable.

Humanoid body movement, including bending, sitting and standing, lying down and getting up, waving, martial arts etc.
True bi-pedal walking with multiple gaits.
Precision gripping, articulated fingers.
Realistic 2-axis turning head with animated LED eyes.
Interactive sensors.
Reactive movement - will get up if knocked down.
Speech: responds verbally to environmental stimuli and to controller commands.
Colour vision system: recognizes colours and skin tones: interacts with objects and people.
IR vision: detects and avoids obstacles and table edges: tracks moving objects.


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