Our Robopet has been here for a week already, and it’s about time for us to get down to some serious analysis. So, we carted our brand new toy off to the laboratory, setup the video camera, and put it through its paces.
"A mind of its own..."
The first thing we found was that the Robopet definitely has a mind of its own. Even though we’ve had lots of experience with the original Robosapien, and more recently with the Roboraptor, we found the Robopet was rather difficult to control. It’s too early to judge for certain, and perhaps things will get better as we rack up more hours playing with it.
We wanted to do something simple, or at least what we thought was simple, like having it run through the 8 or so tricks it knows. We tried, and tried, and tried, but to no avail. We were successful in getting it to do some tricks, but for others it seemed to quickly get bored – or it took us way too long to figure out what button to press in what sequence. So while we were looking a the control trying to figure out what to do, it would start to waltz off in a totally different direction.
After about 30 minutes of
frustration playing, we decided it was better to set it aside for the moment, regroup, and come back to it with a fresh mind later. Never the less, we put together a one minute sampler of our results so far. Hopefully we’ll have more, and much better, results for you to watch soon.