Shiny Media posted a video clip (see below) featuring the new RoboQuad robot from WowWee, and even had Mark Tilden explaining, or trying to explain, why the robot is so impressive or innovative. Unfortunately, after watching the video quite a few times, we still can't figure out it's appeal. It's not a robot fish, or bird, or monkey, or rock star legend, or even a spider robot.
It's certainly true, as Tilden points out, that it can walk sideways, and we'll take his word for the fact that it can walk on any surface - unlike most of the other WowWee robots. And it does come in a wide range of color selections - either black or white. Take a look at the video interview, and let us know what you think, and if you would pull out your plastic and buy one.
What do you do with a world famous toy that sold millions of units worldwide, but has lost its "WOW" impact and seems more than a little dated only a few years after its introduction?
If you're Mark Tilden, and the toy happens to be the record setting original Robosapien, then you find a popular character to license like Spiderman, give the robot a new paint job, and reprogram its brain with a new set of moves and sounds. And, if the character you license has another major movie set to be released at the same time, so much the better.
Christmas has come and gone, but from the number of video clips showing up on popular video sharing sites like YouTube and Google Video, Santa's sleigh must have been totally overloaded with the popular Roboreptile robots from WowWee. A quick search on YouTube turned up numerous videos including one that featured a baby teething on the robot, another one where it scares the heck out of a cat and dog, yet another with it trying to climb on top of a floor vacuum, and lots of others.
Our favorite video of the bunch (see below), at least so far, has the robot exploring an office area, attempting to mate with a door, getting its head stuck between a door and the door jam, and then attacking a computer like there's no tomorrow.
We have no idea how long Amazon will be running this last minute Christmas special, but one of their December 22nd "Friday Sale" promotional items is a 70% discount on the extremely popular WowWee RoboReptile robot. We just checked out their website, and they claim to have the product in stock and that they can deliver.
Many thanks to Robert at RobotsRule for the heads-up.
To kick off the new RoboReporter robot news website, Robert, the site publisher, is staging a contest and the Discovery Channel's online store has put up a Chromashift Roboreptile robot that will go to the contest winner. The RoboReporter concept is very simple and straight forward. If you like Digg, then you're probably going to love this new site. Registration is free and open to all comers. Registered participants submit new robotics related news stories, which are then 'voted-on' by other readers. The more popular stories quickly find their way to the top of the pile.
According to the RoboReporter contest rules, the Chromashift Roboreptile robot will go to the member that submits the highest number of valid posts during the month of November. You do have to reside in either the US or Canada - which unfortunately leaves us out of the competition.
So, don't just sit there. Get your browser over to the RoboReporter website, read the rules, register, and then start submitting pointers to new and exciting robot developments. They don't have to be about the Roboreptile or even a Robosapien - any robot related news story will be considered. Who knows? You might be lucky enough to take home a brand new Roboreptile robot.
While most of the Robosapien fans around the world still have to be content with the older Robosapien V2 version, some lucky folks in Australia have able to buy the brand new Robosapien RS Media model long before Christmas. And some of the more fanatic hackers haven't been content to just play with their new toy - they have completely disassembled it down to the individual components, motors, and springs.
Luckily for the rest of us that aren't likely to see hide nor hair of the RS Media until long after Santa Claus has returned to the North Pole, hackers like "Carloz" have fully documented their RS Media uncloaking with great photos and commentary. If you're a devoted robot hacker, or even if you just have a passing curiosity about how Mark Tilden works his robotic wonders, you'll definitely want to check out this continuing thread on the Unofficial Robosapien Hacks and Mods Forum.