Tom Servosapien, or How Team NimbRo Hacked/Modded Robosapien’s Brain into a PPC

Ed Steele September 18, 2004 6

Team NimbRo at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg in Germany decided to attach a Pocket PC and a LifeView FlyCam to the head of a Robosapien robot, write the software to make him autonomous, and release the instructions and API’s for those of you who want to follow in their footsteps (the ability to wield a solder gun like a jedi wields a lightsaber is apparently a prerequisite.)
Guess what? We happen to have a Robosapien, a spare PPC, and a Pretec CompactCamera (which will work too) in the GadgetMadness gadget vault. If DoctorX, or whatever that cool guy who can assemble Media Center PC’s in his sleep (you know who you are) will come to our aid, we plan on making our very own Tom Servosapien. After all, he did tip us on this story. Stay tuned.

RoboSapien-API for embedded Visual C++ by Team NimbRo

Ultimate Review – Robosapien Programmable Toy Battle Robot from ThinkGeek
GadgetMadness Robosapien MechaPimp Video!
Robosapien $89.99 @

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  1. birq September 18, 2004 at 6:08 am -

    Oh, I’m so there for the “birth of pint-sized autonomous little badass battlebots” party, when it happens. You have to invite me to that. I can wield a solder gun like Jar Jar wields a “meesa”.

  2. MrWright September 20, 2004 at 6:42 am -

    Second post

  3. rolandog September 20, 2004 at 6:46 am -

    Wow, great article. I, for one, would like to welcome our robo-jedi overlords.

  4. who IS jake? September 20, 2004 at 5:22 pm -

    Possibly useful!

  5. Antropical September 20, 2004 at 8:40 pm -

    I would just like to say that I surrender. Best to give up now, and avoid the rush later.
    Interesting though, especially for an avid robot builder such as me. I’m looking foward to my robot servant.

  6. me September 28, 2004 at 6:36 am -

    Why the talk about soldering? I just
    skimmed the Freiburg documentation
    and I see nothing there about soldering.
    The PocketPC communicates with the rest
    of the robot using infrared, like the
    RoboSapiens remote control does.
    It is sad that they had to mutilate the
    arms to make up for the extra weight. Can
    anyone propose a lighter alternative to the
    Toshiba e755 they say they used?