- RS Media
The RS Media is another product in
WowWee's line of biomorphic robots, based on a walking system designed by Mark Tilden. The RS Media uses basically the same body as the Robosapien V2, but a different brainbased on a Linuxkernel. As the name implies, the RS Media's focus is on multimediacapabilities, including the ability to record and playback audio, picturesand video. It retains and builds upon the Robosapien V2's sensor arrayand programmability.
* Two primary
** 200MHz ARM9 with 64MB of flash RAM for the primary LINUX
operating systemand user files
** Custom 16 bit processor for handling the biomorphic robot functions
SD cardslot (accepts up to 1GB cards)
VGAcolor camerain the forehead for image recognition, and video recording
microphonein the chest for audio recording
* 1.9" 176x132 pixel color TFT supertwist
LCDscreen in its chest
* 11W 3-speaker system (2 x metal speakers + 1 back-mounted
* Power-adapter port in foot
motorsbased on the configuration found in the Robosapien V2
infrared(IR) detectorsthat use IR ranging for object detection
* VGA quality camera in its forehead for video and human-tracking abilities
* 3 sound
sensorsfor soundlocalization and audio recording
touchsensors on the back of each hand
* 1 toe and 1 heel touch sensor in each foot
Unlike previous products in WowWee's Robo line of products, the RS Media is the first to feature bundled PC
software. There are 4 applications: the BodyCon Editor, the Personality Editor, the Macro Editor, and the Media Organizer.
BodyCon Editor:The BodyCon Editor allows the user to customize and preview the RS Media movements. The user can create a sequence of movements as well as
voiceand sound effects and save everything in a file for playback in the future. This file can also be included in a personality or to a user-created Macro.
Personality Editor:The RS Media expands on the single personality that original Robosapien models came with, and comes with 4 different personalities (see below for more information). It also allows you to create your own personality from scratch.
Macro Editor:The Macro Editor is actually a subcomponent of the Personality Editor, but it warrants its own description. The user can create their own macros which are sequences of commands that the RS Media can execute. Macros can also include conditional routines that are based on environmental or user feedback.
Media Organizer:The Media Organizer gives the user a
GUIinterface to manage the audio, images, video, games, and personalities on the RS Media. Files can be uploaded, downloaded, deleted and moved around. The robot would need to be connected to the computer running the Media Organizer software using a USB cable.
A personality is a collection of the RS Media's audio responses. The RS Media ships with 4 personalities that the user can switch among using the
* RS Media (default)
* Service Bot 3000 - an English butler.
* Space Bot - a fictional space captain
* Billy-Joe Sapien - a cowboy
Users may also modify the existing personalities or create their own from scratch.
The RS Media is capable of recording and playing
MP3's, MPEG4's, JPEG's, as well as Java applications. It comes with 3 Java games that are controlled with the remote control and displayed to its LCD screen. It can also be used as an audio player via the stereoline-in port. The built-in memory can be supplemented by inserting an SD memory card (up to 1GB in size) into the SD slot.
Like other WowWee robots, the RS Media can be programmed to execute sequences of moves and audio clips either as a standalone program or as a reaction to a sound, touch or visual
stimulus. The RS Media has an additional programming mode, called Puppet Mode, where the user can manually bend and move the robot's body parts to create a program. The most sophisticated way to program the RS Media is by use of the computer applications.
As with other Robosapien models, the RS Media was also designed with the possibility for modifications. In reference to the philosophy behind the 'hackability' of the robots, Tilden once said, "Years ago some bright AI lads asked if I could build a competent
humanoidcradle into which they could put their smart programs. Took me a while, but here it is lads, inexpensive and ready to go right out of the box. Make it think, and let me know how it goes."
The RS Media was released in October 2006 in
Australiaand the UK. It should be available in North Americaeither in the summer or 3rd quarter of 2008.
* [http://www.rsmediaonline.com/ RS Media at Wow Wee]
* [http://www.robocommunity.com/category/12/RS-Media RS Media Home] on [http://www.robocommunity.com RoboCommunity] - The official WowWee Robotics user community
* [http://www.robosapien.tk/ Unofficial WowWee Hacks and Mods site]
* [http://www.robotsrule.com/robosapien-v3-blog/blogger.html Robosapien RS Media Review] - Blog with tips, tricks, and update news
* [http://www.robocommunity.com/group/5/RS-Media-Personalities/ RS Media Personalities] - Download new RS Media personalities.
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