Software development isn't cheap, and it's particularly difficult if you happen to be a sole developer committed to supporting and enhancing a popular open source software project out of your own pocket.
For years Robert Oschler has contributed to the robot community in many ways, including freely sharing his knowledge and expertise, creating hilariously entertaining robot videos and unique new robot songs, in addition to developing the RoboDance project that enables users to control a wide range of robots from their PC or other devices. He's even gone to the extreme of adding voice recognition capability and Skype functionality to the open source system.
While his dedication and commitment to the project have brought him some level of recognition and fame, like being featured in the New York TImes, it hasn't attracted funding to underwrite the project. As a result, he's putting several very attractive internet domains on the auction block, including potentially strong SEO ranking properties like AndroidBlogs.com, AndroidJob.com, WomanBlogger.com, and WomanWorker.com.
It's a great chance for the right person to pickup a hot, highly relevant, domain at bargain pricing, while helping out the robot community in the process.
(Via RoboDance fundraiser.)
Ever wonder what the fastest robot might be? Can an i-SOBOT outrun a Robonova? Does a MANOI have the heels of Mercury? Can a Robo-Reptile out-sprint a Bioloid? What's your best guess? Who would you put your money on?
We won't spoil all the fun by revealing the robots name, or the competition here. You're going to have to watch the race in its hilarious entirety, including all the grins, giggles, energy and totally robotic chaos to enjoy it for yourself:
Robert Oschler has done a fantastic job of single-handedly developing the RoboDance application that allows users of almost every WowWee robot, and some other manufacturers robots like the popular Takara/TOMY iSOBOT, control their bots remotely using their computer, voice, WiiMote, and even mind control using the Emotiv EPOC EEG headset.
For four consecutive years Robert labored diligently to produce each annual feature packed new RoboDance release, funding everything out of his own pocket and contributing all the work to the open source community so that everyone would benefit. It's been a labor of love.
But, as wonderful and powerful as love is, we all still need food, warmth, and a roof over our heads. Even robots have to pay for electricity to recharge their batteries and oil to lubricate their joints. So, to help "keep the lights on" and continue RoboDance development, Robert has put out a call for support.
There are several ways supporters can help. Robert has a number of Internet domains up for sale, including one that should be extremely attractive to anyone in the Google Android community. It's a great chance to lock down a strong domain while supporting a very worthy cause. Or if you prefer just click on the donate link on the RoboDance Fundraiser page and send Robert as much as you feel comfortable giving. I'm sure he will welcome, and acknowledge, all contributions no matter how big or small.
One of the great things about being a contortionist, human or robotic, is that you can clean up after yourself…
Sorry about the 'potty' humor, but WowWee did name it the “Roboscooper”.
Ollie, the founder and CEO of OllieTech.com, pointed out that prices are dropping even further on the popular WowWee Rovio Robot Webcam. It's currently showing up online for $139 or less, and is a real deal if you are in the market for a highly mobile remote presence robot.
That being said, you'll need to take some caution. Some readers have reported that the Rovio application doesn't work with 64-bit Windows systems, and they have had difficulty get a timely response from WowWee on their questions. An alternative support resource is the WowWee user groups over at RoboCommunity.com. The site features a wealth of material and information from other users, many of whom are more than glad to answer your questions, or even assist you in hacking your new bot.
Simple. WowWee Robotics creations, like the Roborover and the Roborover mini-version have started to pop-up on the Amazon and Target websites.
Priced at USD$69, the full sized Roborover appears to be a nice companion product to last years popular Tri-Bot robot. Equipped with tractor treads (think WALL-E) instead of the Tri-Bots omni-directional wheels, the Roborover comes equipped with a tilt sensor and a number of fun driving games.
Time to hack our Xmas Robot Wishlist together!
Thanks to Robert for the heads-up!