The Robosapien Companion: Tips, Tricks, and Hacks

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You’ll loveThe Robosapien Companion: Tips, Tricks, and Hacks whether you’re a robotics expert or beginner. And whether you own a Robosapien or not, you’ll learn about the workings and theory of this fun robot. An owner of several Robosapiens himself, author Jamie Samans covers everything from basics like diagnosing and testing your new Robosapien, to advanced topics like hacking and modifications. He thoroughly covers what he calls the "curiosity and creativity" of this famous ...

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Overview

You’ll loveThe Robosapien Companion: Tips, Tricks, and Hacks whether you’re a robotics expert or beginner. And whether you own a Robosapien or not, you’ll learn about the workings and theory of this fun robot. An owner of several Robosapiens himself, author Jamie Samans covers everything from basics like diagnosing and testing your new Robosapien, to advanced topics like hacking and modifications. He thoroughly covers what he calls the "curiosity and creativity" of this famous bot.

The book functions as both a practical user guide and an interesting read about the theory behind the machine: BEAM robotics (BEAM stands for biology, electronics, aesthetics, and mechanics). You’ll learn about Robo's 67 unique functions, and get the full scoop on the line of Robosapiens: the Robopet, the Roboraptor, and the bipedal Robosapien V2. By the books end, you’ll come to master your V1 or become fully prepared for the exciting upgradesincluded inV2.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590595268
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 8/26/2005
  • Series: Technology in Action Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 1,028,902
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Jamie Samans has been extremely active in the Robosapien community since July 2004 (the time of Robosapien's U.S. release). His hack submission was published in an issue of Servo, which asked him to write a series of articles on advanced hacking techniques for publication.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2005

    more than a toy is it a tool?

    There have been numerous specialised books on robotics, going back decades. Almost always from a research perspective, and dealing with once-off custom designs. Yet in the last 2 years, a toy robot, called Robosapien, has proved wonderfully popular in the mass market. Samans shows why Robosapien can be considered more than a toy. Perhaps even a tool for advancing robotics. The book blends two themes. The predominant one is how to modify your Robosapien. Samans explains the deliberately extensible nature, which appeals to many tinkerers. It is rare, indeed, for a mere toy to be so open. Typically, a toymaker locks down the toy, and might even sue any hacker with the gumption to publicly tweak the toy. But here, Robosapien's maker [WowWee] takes the completely opposite tack. The book documents some of the numerous ways to indulge your tinkering. Notably including using your personal computer as a controller. But the book also explores another theme. It uses Robosapien as a case study of a different approach to robotics. Designed around BEAM - biology, [analog] electronics, aesthetics and mechanics. The idea is to seek inspiration from biological evolution, since the best ideas may well have been tried out and found successful in nature. Then, these are reimplemented in mechanical form, preferably using analog electronics to control the functions. Instead of having a master CPU that has code to handle every possible contingency, which is impossible. The first theme turns Robosapien into a seriously cool hacker's dream. The second theme turns the book into somewhat of a textbook, that may well be more persuasive than many robotics tomes.

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