We picked up another new robot toy at Fry’s this afternoon after arriving in The Lone Star State.
Every robot designer loves their own creations, at least at the beginning, and they often find it difficult to understand why other people aren’t as enraptured with the beauty and wonder of the robot they gave birth to. Still, at the end of the day the bottom line is to create products that customers relate to enough that they feel compelled to open their wallets and give us their hard earned cash or plastic.
If we’re really lucky, and really creative, then we can repeat the process over and over again, using the profits from this product generation to build the next one. And, our customers will be so delighted with our products that they will automatically come back to buy more and more.
As much as we’re devoted to the larger humanoid robots, we have to admit that they’re a bit expensive. At the same time, we love the lower cost robots like the TOMY i-SOBOT and the WowWee Robosapien types. But their remote controls are frequently complex and difficult to use, and editing a robot program usually turns out to be an exercise in frustration.
The best way to get around the remote control/programability challenge has been the free RoboDance software application. It’s loaded with great functionality and is extremely easy to use, even for a pure novice. It’s only drawback has been that you have to purchase a special IR transmitter to send the software commands to your robot. Thankfully a new, low cost transmitter, appropriately named “Robo-IRT” has hit the market.
’Robo-IRT Makes Controlling the i-SOBOT a Breeze’ continues
Colin wrote in looking for the latest Robosapien V2 robot owners manual. It turns out that WowWee has upgraded their support/product pages since the last time we visited their site, making it very easy to locate the correct robot manual he needed.
We’re probably the #1 fan of the WowWee Rovio mobile videocam robot, so you can easily imagine how we can hardly wait to get it’s younger brother ? the Spyball robot that WowWee unveiled at CES 2009 about a week ago. While the Spyball is smaller, and cheaper, than Rovio, it should open up some new, exciting videocam applications.
’WowWee Spyball Looks Very Promising (Video)’ continues
We have to admit that we were skeptical when WowWee targeted the Femisapien robot at young girls. But, after seeing what the Milford School pupils were able to accomplish with their Femisapiens, and how enthusiastic they are, we confess we were wrong (video below). WowWee’s marketing strategy for the Femisapien just might be right on target.
’Femisapien Robot a Big Dance Hit (Video)’ continues