And, because almost everyone has played video games using this layout style, the button locations and functions are natural, almost intuitive.
The robot designers also realized that some customers may want their own custom layout, so they made it simple to remap the control keys (or combination of keys) so that it triggers any predefined command or motion.
The communication technology operated without a hitch during our testing sessions, though we should point out that we live in a semi-rural area without much radio or other electrical interference.
And, what are the best parts?
First, the new controller comes with the robot kit and is included in the purchase price, unlike other manufacturers that sometimes ask you to part with an additional $100 or more to get the same functionality.
Second, the new controller will be made available for use with the original RoboPhilo- a move that's sure to be applauded by owners everywhere.
Third, since the communication technology has been widely known for a long time and hacks documented on the Internet, it won't be long before users put together direct control apps to operate their robot directly from their PCs or networks.
We’re putting the final touches on another robot humanoid review, the new RoboPhilo Junior, and we have to say that we like it a lot.
The full review is scheduled for the September/October issue of Robot Magazine due out on the news stands on July 28th. Without disclosing any ‘spoilers’ or ruining the plot for you, we can say that the RoboPhilo Junior follows in the footsteps of its popular older brother, the original RoboPhilo, in offering excellent price/performance, especially for humanoid robot fans that don’t have huge budgets.
’RoboPhilo Junior Offers Great Price/Performance’ continues
With just a few shopping days left before Christmas, we were very happy to see that the exciting RoboPhilo humanoid robot is available through the RoboBrothers website online store. We suspect it will pop up on other well known robot distributors websites momentarily. RoboPhilo comes in two configurations, a fully assembled version ready to walk for under $500, and a kit version for under $400.
We had the opportunity to do a detailed evaluation of the RoboPhilo robot for our product review that appeared in the Winter 2007 issue of Robot Magazine. The price/performance on this low cost yet fully featured robot is excellent, but we were even more impressed by it's open software architecture and the ability it provides for users to really get involved with the robot.
Conceptual mindmap of the RoboPhilo Motion Creator
The more we work with the new RoboPhilo humanoid robot, the better we like it. One significant factor that has us really turned on is the object oriented data structure used by RoboPhilo and the supplied Motion Creator software application.
Compared to other humanoid robot kits currently on the market, RoboPhilo is surprisingly easy to understand and work with. It's hierarchical data structure lends itself to creating extensive libraries of reusable poses, motion sequences, and routines.
’RoboPhilo: Motion Creator Conceptual Overview’ continues
Mike Overstreet, aka 'Gort' and aka "Boomer's father", got the chance to examine the new RoboPhilo entry level humanoid robot at the iHobby Expo 2007 show in Chicago last weekend. Although he had some concerns before he actually saw the working units, he came away very impressed and positive about the robot. We've included his detailed report of the encounter below.
Mike and Boomer at RoboGames 2007 earlier this year
’Gort On RoboPhilo’ continues
In conjunction with iHobby Expo last week, the Chicago Area Robotics Group, better known as Chibots, held its Fall Chibotica competition. From what we've seen in photos and videos from the event, it looks very impressive. Events included humanoids, combat robots, line followers, robot sumo, and much more.
Royce Pipkins, the Chibots president pictured wearing the white lab coat in the photo on the right was kind enough to share a detailed event report with all of us (see below).