Words cannot express how frightened this makes me. Looking for all the world like a RoboSapien that has skinned Elmo and is wearing his hide like an extra from Silence of the Lambs, the coup de grâce is that, thanks to a personality upload, he can cruelly mimic the sounds and actions of his crimson prey.
Check out the video after the cut... if you've got the stomach for it!
Robert Oschler of Robodance.com has made the Nintendo Wii remote work with the RoboSapien robot that is made by WowWee. Oschler is the programmer behind the RoboSapien Dance Machine (AKA RoboDance) piece of software, which at the moment allows you to control the robot using your own voice.
Above is a video demonstrating some of the abilities of the software working with the RoboSapien. The programmer has noted that it will be released on or by February 1st 2007. The software works on Windows XP and had been awarded by SourceForge in May of 2005.
Recently many mods have been made with the Wii controller including the ability to play Half-Life on a Mac with the controller (a double mod, because you also need another mod to run Half-Life on Mac), and talks of a 'Wiibrator'.
So you’ve got your army of RoboSapiens and RoboRaptors to terrorize your home or office with their little dance routines, but don’t you wish you could control them to really wreak some havoc? A new piece of software called Go-Robo will let you write your own programs to control any WowWee robot, including Robopets and Roboreptiles.
The programming language called GRIDScript (Go-Robo ID script) is easy to learn and hack, so in no time you’ll be able to simultaneously command an army of up to six WowWee robots. The full commercial release of the software will be available in Spring 2007, but for those who would like to experiment, Go-Robo beta edition is available now upon request.
Go-Robo! Train Your RoboSapien [Via: RobotGossip]
If you want to frighten the younger kids this Christmas, why not give them a hacked Robosapien in the furry body of a teddy. That's what robot-tinkerer Nocturnal from the Evosapien team has made - only so far he's limited it to scaring his poor cat.
There are plenty more hacks and tweaks for all the Robosapien models at the Evosapien site; in fact, one of the great things about the WowWee bots is that they're so gloriously adaptable.
Fancy a sneak preview of what Christmas morning might be like for various tweenage kids expecting a new WowWee robot this holiday season? RoboCommunity's appropriately-named Rudolph has picked up the company's second new 'bot, the Joebot, and has shared an unboxing photoset together with some hands-on feedback.
When we looked at WowWee's Rovio last month, one thing we were certain of was its mod-potential. As of next year, one of the more ambitious hacks will go live: RoboDance 5, with added support for Skype. While setting up the Rovio's WiFi webcam streaming currently requires a little router tinkering, RoboDance 5 will utilize Skype's zero-config setup to instantly connect the robot and a remote client, whether that client be Windows or Mac, or even a smartphone.
With the holiday season fast approaching, we've been featuring quite a number of toys here on SlashGear that, in our geeky opinion at least, are likely to be must-have items if you're under the age of twelve. However, as self-confessed jaded cynics we turned to SlashGear's latest reviewer, 8-year-old Tanner McBee (and his capable assistant and scribe, David McBee aka "Dad"). WowWee's Femisapien has sashayed her way into many an adult reviewers heart over the past few months, but can she keep Tanner entertained?
Updated with video review from Tanner McBee himself.
WowWee's RoboRemote is an aftermarket IR remote control for the company's full range of current and future robots. Intended to make programming the robots more straightforward, it connects via USB to a computer and, with the included software, lets you script macros and routines that are then blasted across via infra-red. All well and good, but not quite enough for the guys over at RoboCommunity; they've been exploring ways to add new sensors and inputs to the WowWee stable courtesy of a hacked RoboRemote.
WowWee have been showing off the latest moves by their upcoming Femisapien robot, the first "female" 'bot in their stable and certainly the most graceful (and also recently seen using the Sega Toys E.M.A. Robot name). After the cut you can see two new videos, the first explaining how custom movement routines can be programmed simply by moving Femisapien's limbs around, while the second shows a staged fencing match between two of the robots. Comprising five motors with a total twelve degrees of freedom, Femisapien can be left to explore and react to her surroundings (in 'Attentive' mode) or programmed and these routines replayed (in 'Learning' and 'Responsive' modes).