Update: Robosapien V2, Robopet, and Roboraptor Release Dates

Ed Steele January 31, 2005 6




WowWee has some VERY exciting robots in store for you this year; fully controllable and programmable by remote control and fully autonomous in their free-roam mode. And these highly intelligent robotic companions are able to interact with their owners and with one another! Here are the full product descriptions with updated release dates:

Robosapien™ V2


Robosapien V2 brings the fluid movement and biomechanical agility of Robosapien to a whole new level. Gaining a whopping 10” in height (making him almost 28 inches tall!) Robosapien V2 now has full range of motion and the ability to pick up, drop and throw objects with his finely tuned precision hands. Advanced agility allows him to bend over and twist from side to side, so he can now sit, bend, lie down and stand up. He can even stand from a prone position all by himself! Robosapien V2 will interact with his surroundings, and can even talk! Fully equipped with infra-red radar vision, Robosapien’s V2 moving eyes with blue LED lights can detect obstacles, track movements and take objects handed to him.


Sensory features include a vision color system that enables Robosapien V2 to recognize objects and skin tones; he can wave when he sees you and reach out to shake your hand. A stereo sound detection system allows him to respond and react to noises in the environment. Robosapien V2 comes equipped with “laser” tracking; trace a laser path on the ground and he’ll follow it. Robosapien V2 is so advanced he can even control his new friends – Roboraptor™ and Robopet™.
Retail: $200
Available: December 2005

Roboraptor™


At 32 inches long, Roboraptor is a realistic robotic beast who is easily controlled and mastered with a remote control. Roboraptor’s fluid biomechanical motion allows for three bipedal movement gaits – predatory, walking and running. Multi-sensor environmental awareness allows Roboraptor to hear, see and feel people and the environment around him – he has multiple touch sensors in the head and tail, while sonic sensors detect sound and direction. Roboraptor also has a strong jaw with powerful snapping action, the ability to pick up objects, and three distinct moods: hunter, cautious and playful. Go near his face when he’s hunting and he’ll behave aggressively; touch his face when he’s playful and he’ll nuzzle your hand.

Retail: $99
Available: August 2005

Robopet™


Robosapien V2 has a new best friend – Robopet! This biomechanical Robopet is extremely expressive with lifelike animations and digital animal sounds. Robopet is easily programmed with a remote to perform sequences of movements and tricks. Robopet walks, crawls, sits down and stands up, runs and jumps, and can perform an array of pet tricks including lying down, rolling over, begging and howling! Robopet is trainable and responds to positive and negative reinforcement. Multi-sensors allow Robopet to be aware of his surroundings, triggering new moods. He is able to avoid obstacles, respond to sounds – even function as a guard dog! When it is time to take Robopet for a walk, use the “laser” light leash on the controller to mark a path for Robopet to follow.

Retail: $69.99
Available: October 2005

That’s all for now – more as we get it!
UPDATE: Awesome video of these toys in ACTION!




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6 Comments »

  1. andy February 1, 2005 at 2:14 pm -

    But can it be programmed to say “By your command”?

  2. Robosapien V2 February 1, 2005 at 6:20 pm -

    BY YOUR COMMAND, ANDY!

  3. birq February 1, 2005 at 7:52 pm -

    Wow, the damned thing can type, too. I really have to get myself one of those.

  4. xataka February 2, 2005 at 9:27 am -

    Roboraptor, un dinosaurio mecanizado

    Robosapien ha sido todo un éxito en Japón, veremos si los robots a su zaga lo repetirán. Roboraptor es una ‘bestia robótica’, un velociraptor de unos 80 centímetros que dispone de un multi-sensor ambiental que le permite detectar sonidos…

  5. Cool Or What? February 2, 2005 at 9:44 am -

    New members of the RoboSapiens familiy

  6. Dude February 9, 2005 at 12:26 am -

    Can you talk to it and tell it what to do with out using the controler to make it do something?