Robosapien RSMedia Hits Store Shelves in Oz

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Australia is great place to roll out new technology. The people really seem to enjoy and appreciate the latest and greatest gadgets, they are used to paying a little more for imported technology, and they don't hesitate to give feedback about what they like and what they don't. Best of all - it's fairly remote and isolated, so if a new product unexpectedly falls flat on its face, the damage is minimal.

WowWee seems to be consistently using Australia as the test market for their latest robots. On Tuesday (October 10th), they introduced the new Robosapien RSMedia in Sydney complete with a host of well known Australian entertainment and sports personalities. It's going to be interesting to see how well the Oz market warms to the new robot, and how it impacts the introduction schedule for other countries.

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Robosapien RSMedia Website Goes Live

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Although the new Robosapien RSMedia robot designed by Mark Tilden won't hit store shelves until sometime in January, 2007, WowWee has already started to build some enthusiasm and awareness around it. Tilden has been showing it off, along with the RoboReptile, to the press in Europe, and a few days ago, the new RSMedia Official Website went live.  

The website is worth a visit, especially if you're a Robosapien fan. In addition to some general overviews and features lists, it also contains the full RSMedia user manual for the robot. We spent about an hour reading through the manual, and all we can say is 'complex'. It runs around 70 pages with table after table after table of listings showing all the button combinations necessary to get the robot to do what you want. Unfortunately the manual doesn't address a lot of our open questions - it probably shouldn't - so we'll have to wait until we can test and review the robot first hand.

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Mark Tilden on the Robosapien RSMedia (Video)

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Robots, whether we're talking about real world physical bots or cyberspace virtual bots, can be extremely useful things. In addition to our rapidly expanding robot collection on the second floor, we also benefit from a number of active search bots that we've loosed on the internet to alert us to the latest robot news and happenings.

So, we weren't surprised when one of our search bots turned up a new Youtube video interview  featuring Mark Tilden (see below) posted by ShinyMedia. The interview, which is billed as a 'one-minute video review' runs almost 4 minutes and covers quite a bit of ground including Tilden showing off both the RoboReptile and the RSMedia robots.


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RoboReptile Captured On Camera (Video)

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Ever since we first heard that Mark Tilden, the head of the WowWee Robotics group and creator of the best selling Robosapien robot, planned to introduce a new robotic reptile we couldn't wait to get our hands on one. According to some of the early news reports Tilden's RoboReptile creation is a major departure from his earlier friendly robot creations known for their ability to dance, burp, make semi-crude remarks, and even fart on command. This time around we were lead to believe that Tilden was going to set loose an aggressive, relentless, attacking demon that might scare some people, or even trigger some nightmares.

Thanks to the generosity of Robert Roschler, publisher of the Robots Rule website and forums, we didn't have to wait until the new robot hit the shelves here in Japan. Robert has created an excellent 3+ minute video review of the RoboReptile and has given us permission to share it with all our readers.


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Korean Company To Introduce Bipedal Robot

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Joining other Korean companies like Robotis/Bioloid and Hitec/Robonova-1, TAEJON_D2E Robotics - a start-up based in South Korea, has announced plans to market a new bipedal walker robot called the D2V-ZN.

According to an article in today's edition of The Korea Times, the primary advantage of the new robot as it enters the rapidly expanding hobby robot market is it's programmability and on-board intelligence.


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Robosapien Shock

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Well, it's late August already. Time for the toy companies to start rolling out all their latest goodies and 'must-haves' to start getting the Christmas holiday buying season momentum underway. According to an article posted on the popular Gizmag gadget website yesterday, WOWWEE Robotics is about to start deliveries of what should prove to be the most feature packed and shocking Robosapien robot yet.


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Will Robots Learn Human Emotions? (Video)

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No one is surprised when an older sibling becomes intensely jealous of a new baby in the family. The parents, naturally enough, seem to shower all their attention and love on the new arrival while the older child, who is used to being the sole center of attraction, often feels shoved aside or abandoned.

Of course robots, being the mechanical creations that they are, aren't subject base human emotions, like jealousy... Or are they?

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Robot Replaces Humans For Critical Functions (Video)

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We don't mind at all when robots are used to handle boring, hard, or dangerous work. In fact, we totally support it. After all, why put human beings in hazardous situations when we can design a robot to do the same job. Theoretically that will allow us mortals to pursue more creative tasks like designing, philosophy, artistic painting, and, most the most important human task of all - playing games. 

But what if it turns out that the machines are even better at it than we are, and seem to have just as much fun? Here's a glimpse of that scary future:

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RoboReptile Robot Uncloaked

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Some of us just like to play with robots. Others love to build them. Still others seem to live just to tear them apart and see what makes them tick. The new RoboReptile robot from WowWee only recently hit store shelves in a small number of countries, but dedicated fans not only ran out to buy a few, some of them have completely disassembled their new treasures, and have professionally documented what they found.
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RoboReptile Robot User Reviews Starting To Appear

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As we mentioned in a previous post, the RoboReptile robot is hitting store shelves in a few, limited countries, and it's likely to be quite a while before it becomes available here in Japan. Thankfully the folks that have already been lucky enough to snag one of the robots are starting to post detailed accounts of their experiences, including what they like and don't like. If you're considering buying one of the new robots, then you will definitely want to check out the extensive and detailed RoboReptile review posted on the Unofficial Robosapien Hacks and Mods Forum by Iguana from Sydney, Australia.


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