Roboraptor Rules The Roost (Video)
It was raining today, so since we were going to be inside - why not use the opportunity to find out more about our new Roboraptor? We took him upstairs, turned him on, put him in to roaming mode, and recorded the action...
The results were surprising – better than we expected. The robot found it's way down the hallway, avoiding obstacles like walls, our dog standing in one of the doorways, and the cameraman (me). Then when it found a door to its right open, it turned and entered the room. There’s a very small step/frame right at the door entrance – large enough to have stopped our Robosapien. It slowed the Roboraptor down a bit, but it quickly overcame the step and begain exploring the room.
In about five to six minutes, he covered the whole room, even checking the bottom shelves in the bookcases. There was only one time when we put our hands on the remote control to back him out of a dead end corner that he had a little trouble with. Other than that one course correction, he did everything totally on his own.
One very interesting thing happened. In a corner of the room we have a metal coat rack that has a bottom shelf that happens to be right at chin height for the Roboraptor. He really behaved as if he was attacking it, and even tries to bite the rack. Towards the end of the video clip, you can see how he rubbed his chin on the rack – actually the rack was contacting the sensor built into his chin and triggering his internal behavoirs.