a guy! Today Wowwee Robotics division gave us a first peek at Robosapien 2.
As promised by Mark Tilden, Robosapien’s creator, the new version has some
great new features including much more agility, improved ability to talk and
interact with others, and a fun new laser tracking feature. Like it’s the
original Robosapien the Robosapien V2 is destined to be a hit toy for 2005.
Robosapein V2 is fully controllable and programmable by remote control
and fully autonomous in free-roam mode. He brings the fluid movement and
biomechanical agility of Robosapien to a whole new level. Gaining a whopping
10” in height, Robosapien V2 now has full range of motion and the ability to
pick up, drop and throw objects with his finely tuned precision hands.
Advanced agility allows him to bend over and twist from side to side, so he
can now sit, bend, lie down and stand up.
Robosapien V2 will interact with his surroundings, and even responds
with a ‘real voice’…Robosapien V2 can talk! Fully equipped with infra-red
radar vision, Robosapien’s V2 moving eyes with blue LED lights can detect
obstacles, track movements and take objects handed to him.
Sensory features include a vision color system that enables Robosapien V2
to recognize objects and skin tones; he can wave when he sees you and reach
out to shake your hand. A stereo sound detection system allows him to
respond and react to noises in the environment. Robosapien V2 comes equipped
with “laser” tracking; trace a laser path on the ground and he’ll follow it.
And, Robosapien V2 couldn’t carry the Robosapien name if he didn’t possess a
one-of-a-kind attitude-filled personality! Robosapien V2 is so advanced he
can even control his new friends – Roboraptor™ and Robopet™. Suggested
retail price $200.
You may pre-order this item now and it will be
shipped to you as soon as it arrives in stock. Or you can choose to be
notified by email when the item arrives in stock.
Unless you've been living in solitary confinement on the Planet Tharg
with your head encased in a block of extra-terrestrial concrete, you'll know
that Robosapien was the runaway bestseller of Christmas 2004. Hardly
surprising as the biomorphic marvel walks around on two legs, reacts to
touch and sound and can perform practically any move imaginable.
What you may not know is that Mark Tilden, ex-NASA boffin and inventor of
all things robotastic, has been busy creating something bigger, better and
more gobsmackingly advanced than ever. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you
Before we describe the V2's astounding new abilities it's worth mentioning
that this robotic masterpiece is well over 2ft tall. No, really! This
drastic increase in size (10" taller than Robosapien) means that Robosapien
V2 is less toy-like and more... well, more robot-like. Any bigger and you'd
be scared of telling him what to do! Just like his predecessor Robosapien V2
is a mind-blowing fusion of technology and personality, but his fluid
biomechanical agility, sassy attitude and stunning brainpower have been
taken to an entirely new level.
For starters the V2's finely-tuned precision hands allow him to pick up much
heavier objects than his smaller sibling. He can even throw things. But
that's only the tip of the iceberg. Advanced agility allows Robosapien V2 to
bend over and twist from side to side, so he can now sit, bend, lie down and
stand up. He's almost as flexible as that dancing Transformer-style thingy
off the car ad!
As well as interacting with his surroundings Robosapien V2 can now talk to
you. Forget old school grunts and bleeps - with different phrases for
different scenarios this is like having Robocop in your living room (minus
the profanity and carnage). Fully equipped with infra-red radar vision, the
V2's moving 'eyes' can detect obstacles and track movement. Robosapien V2
can even react to noises thanks to a stereo sound detection system. And
before you ask, yes, we have ripped one apart to see if there's a little
bloke inside. (There isn't, by the way).
But if you think all of the above is clever, get this: a sensory vision
system enables Robosapien V2 to actually recognise and remember objects and
skin tones. This means he can wave and reach out to shake his owner's hand.
It really is quite uncanny and has to be seen to be disbelieved.
Robosapien V2 also comes equipped with laser tracking; simply use the
ultra-sleek PS2-style RC unit to trace a path on the ground and the V2 will
follow it. You can even use Robosapien V2 to control Roboraptor and Robopet.
Come to think of it, if Robosapien V2 were any more advanced we'd be on the
blower to John Connor, because judging by this must-have biomorphic
masterpiece the robots are most definitely on the rise!
Robosapien V2 is a highly evolved robotic fusion of technology and
personality, combining fluid biomechanical motion with a multi-sensory,
interactive humanoid personality. This 24" (Approx. 61cm) tall, second
generation Robosapien is now capable of autonomous behavior. He was designed
by Mark Tilden ("father" of the original Robosapien) and includes the
- Multiple levels of environmental interaction, with humans and objects;
sight, sound and touch sensors
- Humanoid body movements, including bending, sitting and standing,
lying down and getting up, waving, martial arts...
- Speech: Responds verbally to environmental stimuli and to controller
- Color vision system: recognizes colors and skin tones; interacts with
objects and people
- Stereo sound detection system: "hears" and reacts to sounds
- IR vision: detects and avoids obstacles; tracks moving objects
- 'Laser' tracking technology: follows a path traced on the ground
- True bi-pedal walking with multiple gaits
- Precision gripping, articulated fingers
- Realistic 2-axis turning head with animated LED eyes
- Interacts with, and controls, other Robonetics products (Roboraptor
- Sleep and auto-shut off functions
- 100 pre-programmed functions
- 2 demonstration modes
- 4 programming modes
- Controller or direct, positional programming
- Remote control and autonomous "free-roam" behavior modes
- Approx. 61cm (H)
- Ages 8+
- Robosapien V2: 6 x D batteries (not included)
- Controller: 7 x AAA (not included