Robosapien toy brings humanoids into living rooms


June 4, 2004

Taking a major step forward in the evolution of robotics, Wow Wee Toys has teamed up with robotics physicist, Dr. Mark W. Tilden to develop the first affordable intelligent entertainment humanoid - Robosapien which will go on sale mid-year in America. At 14 inches high, Robosapien is a rambunctious, realistic, recreational robot who is easily programmed and mastered with a remote control. Robosapien is the first robot based on the science of applied biomorphic robotics, which enables him to act more like a human.

Tilden, who developed applied biomorphic robotics, has worked for NASA, DARPA, JPL at Los Alamos and other government research agencies developing advanced robotic technologies.

Feisty, moody and filled with personality, Robosapien is a humanoid with attitude that comes to life at your command and performs amazing tasks. Using the remote control, you can command Robosapien to perform up to 67 pre-programmed functions including pick-up, throw, high-five, whistle, dance and three different karate moves.

Robosapien takes entertainment robotics to a new level of technology. Fully programmable, Robosapien can perform a programmed chain of commands in any combination of moves that you select.

For example, you can create your own dance sequence or program him to walk straight, turn left and give your buddy a high five. The fully articulated Robosapien's fluid biomechanical movements and pendulum walking motion make his movements appear more human than robotic. Robosapien's impressive flexibility is evident as he walks in two different speeds, dances and 'turns on a dime'.

Sure to keep you on your toes - Robosapien reacts to both touch and sound signals from his environment. His Interactive Reflex System uses a total of six sensors strategically located throughout his body to detect obstructions. Sensors in his feet allow him to recognize and avoid obstacles without help, as he moves backwards or forwards with ease. Select one of his sensor programs and Robosapien will respond to a sharp sound or to touch.

Robosapien comes equipped with fast, fully articulated arms that have a full range of motion and two types of three pronged grippers, ribbed for increased traction. He can pick up objects such as cups, socks, pencils and other small light objects.

Robosapien has three demo modes - with a touch of a button - let him dance for you or do his own thing! Easy to use, the Robosapien is fully functional right out of the box, requiring no complex set up. No computer is required; all functions are handled by the ergonomic remote control.

Robosapien requires four D batteries and three AAA batteries (not included). Robosapien provides more than six hours of continuous entertainment. And he automatically shuts down after he's been idle for more than 20 minutes.

Robosapien will be available mid-year for an approximate retail value of US $99. Hong Kong-based Wow Wee Toys Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of interactive high-tech toys and innovative electronic entertainment products.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, (Australia's largest Telco), (Australia's largest employment site),,, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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