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Robonica Roboni - I Programmable Gaming Robot

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  • The first Robotic Gaming Platform
  • Hi-tech, programmable robot with personality
  • Customizable behavior and game accessories
  • Interactive controller featuring ZigBee technology
  • Sensors include 16 infrared, 2 touch, and RFID

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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

Meet Roboni-i, a highly-intelligent robot that fuses interactive, remote-controlled gameplay with advanced robotic technology. Operated wirelessly using a handheld controller and featuring four processors and 16 sensors, Roboni-i can sense and respond to his environment, explore the room on its own, and even engage in games with other Roboni-i units. A great toy for young robotics enthusiasts, Roboni-i can also be linked to your computer, allowing to reprogram his behavior and upload customized games.

Roboni-i Robotic Gaming System
    Ages: 13+

  • Roboni-i: 6 x AA batteries
  • Mobile controller: 4 x AA batteries
  • BaseStation: 2 x AA batteries

  • System Requirements:
  • Windows XP/Vista/7
  • CD-ROM drive
What We Think

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The Good: Cutting-edge robotics technology; intuitive RC controls; customizable robot behaviors

The Challenging: Robot is a bit too jittery when left alone; editing programs require some technical savvy

In a Nutshell: Highly advanced, interactive robot toy, ideal for older children and robotics enthusiasts

Roboni-i senses his environment using infrared and touch sensors. View larger.

The controller features an intuitive design and an LED screen where you can view your Roboni-i's status. View larger.

Cutting-Edge Robotic Technology
With his futuristic architecture and space-age silver color, Roboni-i would fit right at home in a science fiction movie. He features a durable plastic chassis that protects his intricate inner technology.

Inside of Roboni-i are 12 infrared sensors, which the robot uses to sense his surroundings, "talk" to other robots and communicate with the included BaseStation. He also features highly-sensitive touch sensors on his front and back bumpers, allowing him to sense even the slightest physical contact.

When Roboni-i senses something, he responds immediately by executing complex behaviors. For instance, if he collides with a wall, he'll whistle with displeasure, turn around, and proceed in the opposite direction. If he spots his BaseStation or another Roboni-i unit, he might fire off his laser. If left by himself for more than 30 seconds, he may even begin to explore the environment on his own. He'll always remain near his BaseStation, though, so you don't have to worry about him wandering off by himself.

Fast, Nimble Remote-Control Action
With a full, 360-degree range of motion, Roboni-i is incredibly agile. You control Roboni-i using a comfortable handheld controller, which communicates wirelessly with the robot. The controller's LCD screen displays various aspects of the robot's status, such as his level of "happiness," his battery life, current game mode, and so on.

The robot is surprisingly fast, and he's even capable of stunts and loops. Keep in mind that his plastic frame houses complex electronics, so don't get too wild with your stunts. He's by no means an all-terrain vehicle and is best driven on a hard, flat surface.

Roboni-i features the latest in robotic toy technology. View larger.

Loaded with Personality
Roboni-i isn't just a mindless automaton that you control. He is a moody, sensitive robot that seems to have a mind of his own! He is at his happiest when he gets lots of attention, and when he is in close vicinity to his BaseStation.

If you switch his BaseStation off or move it out of reach, he will have a robotic "freak-out" and begin frantically searching for it. When he's in a good mood, he will randomly fire off his laser, run away and "hide" from you, and perform other playful acts.

When you pay close attention to Roboni-i, you earn "RoboTX" levels -- a measure of how much your robot trusts you. As you earn more and more RoboTX levels, your robot will gain access to more advanced actions and movements. This is a fun feature that allows your robot to grow dynamically with you as its owner. However, it also requires you to invest time in playing with your robot in order to get the most out of the toy.

Roboni-i can engage in multiplayer gameplay with other Roboni-i robots. View larger.

Interactive Single- and Multi-Player Games
The feature that distinguishes Roboni-i from other robotic competitors is its ability to participate in real gameplay and multiplayer games with other Roboni-i owners. To set up a multiplayer game, the robots must "join" each other in a group so they will be able to identify each other. Once this happens, you're free to interact with other Roboni-i units and play games with them.

Reprogram Roboni-i with Your Computer

Edit Roboni-i's behavior with your PC. View larger.
Using the included Command Center program, you can customize the way your Roboni-i reacts to different stimuli. The program is very easy to use, although it does take some degree of computer competence (which younger kids may not have.) A drag-and-drop menu lets you easily program your robot to reverse, spin around, crabwalk, flash its activity LEDs, and more. The program also comes with a comprehensive tutorial, making it easy to learn how to use your robot.

The Command Center program is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7. It is backed by a 1-year limited warranty.

Roboni-i's PC-based Command Centre Screen Shot

The Command Center features extensive tutorials. View larger.

Roboni-i's mission is to defend the world from approaching asteroids. View larger.

Roboni-i's story is told through CGI-rendered movies, which you can view on your computer. View larger.

What's in the Box
Roboni-i Robot, Base Station, Energy Port with Pod (Ball), Uni-hubs (3), SFX Hub, Controller, Software, Seven Games, USB Cable.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B002SG6JWM
  • Item model number: 2468
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 13 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,980 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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93 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Mahlers2nd TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 24, 2009
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EDIT: The price has come down significantly and this still continues to be so much fun in our house that we have just purchased a 2nd one so we can have the robots go after each other than tormenting the poor dogs!

I really didn't know what to expect when I ordered this. However, I liked the idea that it was a way to potentially introduce my son to programming instead of teaching him how to write "Hello World" in PERL.

This is a really cool gadget -- It looks cool so that kids are automatically drawn to it -- particularly since it moves so fast (your pets will be rather wierded out too -- that's worth the entertainment right there).

While it comes with 3 pre-programmed games out of the box so that you can get up and running with Roboni quickly, once you have explored the capabilities, you can reprogram using the software interface on the PC. This teaches kids a lot about how computers work -- that goes much further than having kids simply be "users" but "programmers".

This comes with a price... it is not an intuitive quick-and-easy process to re-program the robot -- just like with real programming you have to have some sort of plan about what you want to do and implement. In addition, you (or whoever is programming the robot) will have to learn about testing and "unintended consequences" associated with re-programming the robot. But if you or your kid is into puzzles, they'll quickly become hooked with tinkering and making the robot do what they want. They learn patience and problem solving.

It is clear that the product was rushed to market trying to capitalize on Christmas and Holiday sales. The online features are not implemented yet (teaching kids about another realistic component of technology -- the concept of "vapor-ware"!).
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87 of 103 people found the following review helpful By famousdavis VINE VOICE on November 23, 2009
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Don't buy this product; it's not ready for the 2009 holiday season. Do yourself and Amazon Customer Service a favor, and look elsewhere so you don't have to deal with Christmas morning disappointment and re-packing the Roboni-i for a return trip back to the Amazon warehouse.

I've just spent my entire night trying to get the software to install on any one of three different computers in my home, and all have been unsuccessful (11/24/09 update - I finally got it to install on an XP desktop). During the installation process, Windows warned me that the device drivers that the Roboni-i was trying to install were not certified with Microsoft -- proceed at your own risk, if you dare. I installed the drivers anyway, but launching the software on my Windows Vista laptop gave me a nasty error message ("Could not load file or assembly 'System.Data.SqlServerCe, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=89845dcd8080cc91' or one of its dependencies."). I tried uninstalling/reinstalling and got the same error message.

On Windows 7, I had a "better" experience: I didn't get the error message, but instead I got a mostly blackened Command Center screen with two textboxes where I was supposed to enter something, but the textbox labels didn't render properly, leaving me to wonder what, exactly, I was supposed to enter? First and last name, maybe?

Trying to install the software on my old XP desktop had the best success. I still got the driver install warning from Windows, but at least I could see the textbox labels when opening the Command Center (I'm supposed to enter my own nickname and the name for my robot).
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By rbhatta TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 28, 2009
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Robotics runs in our family, My Wife teaches Robotics to kids 5-8 grade, my daughter 13yr old obviously is completely involved in this, she and her team are now in regional level First LEGO League competition (FLL 2009) which involves building functional robots using LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 (8547) kit. This year's theme is all about Smart Transportation.

Having given the background, let me share the experiences with ROBONI-I

Roboni-I Programmable Gaming Robot is a "TOY" that can introduce your child into world of gaming and robotics at the same time teaches your child some concepts of programming; it has good education value and hours of engagement and fun for the whole family.

Robotics is an expensive hobby for most, Roboni-I is no exception, however, this is truly the first attempt from any company to commercialize robotic gaming and the future surely looks bright for this company as my daughter already given me a thumbs up for this robot! And soon many will follow as she shares this information for others in the school and her FLL team.

Roboni-I Programmable Gaming Robot can be really enjoyed the best when you pair with your friend or against a team of players controlling other robots as the robots are designed to communicate with each other.

The Robot construction is truly space age with gears and wheels and has tons of sensors that provide feedback to the robot. I will not go over the specifications as you can find that on the website and product manuals.
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