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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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 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.
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.
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The makers of these gadgets appear to be out of business which means that it's not possible to get any updates or to participate in any online activities. This is the bad news. The not so bad news is that the robots are quite excellent and, if you get yourself a pair, you can make a couple of pre-teen to early-teen kids happy, intellectually stimulated and occupied.
I am not going to be over-long reviewing a discontinued product given that the Amazon page has a lot of details so I am only going to highlight what I believe it's worth knowing before making a buying decision.
- As far a 'toy' robotic hardware, these ones are tops. Their technology is surprisingly advanced. They come with lots of sensors, they move very well, are easy to control and can talk to each other.
- It is possible to develop your own games and they can be fun if you have A PAIR of these to play with.
- If you consider buying one of these, consider buying ONE DOZEN rechargeable AA batteries and a charger for EACH of the robots you buy or you will be spending a lot of money on batteries (not included).
- Like I said already, the company appears to be gone. THERE IS NO SUPPORT whatsoever beyond maybe returning a defective unit. I doubt that anyone is going to honor any warranties.
- As robots go today, these can be A LOT of fun and, when the out-of-the-box fun wears off you can work on making your own. My kids, for example, are programming them to battle each other, without much human control.
With the above in mind, and knowing what I know now, I would still buy a pair if the price somewhere around $60-70. The 3 star (it's Okay) mean that I'm not unhappy with the purchase but that I'd be a lot happier if this was a supported product.
Unit arrived, and I have to say this is the LEAST annoying packing of any item i've ever purchased, online or in a store. There are two pieces to the packing inside the box, the bottom and back of the internal box, then the clear plastic that forms the top and the front. Think of the two opposing sides of a rectangle. The outer box holds it all together, so when you slide it out of the box, these two pieces separate right off (no tape, nothing), and the things inside simply pull right out. No twisty metal ties, no tape, no plastic that has to be cut, NOTHING. They clearly win on the best packaging ever meter.
Batteries went into it just fine, and it moves quicker than I had hoped. Pretty simple tank-like control, left buttons control the left wheel, right buttons control the right, so both together make it go forward, one alone makes it turn, opposites make it spin in a circle. There's a time limited "turbo" mode as well and it scoots pretty good.
Doesn't go very straight though - when you have it going straight, mine is really doing more of a gradual right turn. Clearly noticable bend to it.
When it fires its laser, I was impressed at how the unit "rocks back" as if from recoil - very well thought out by the programmers.
The range for it finding its base though is kind of disappointing, seems if it's more than like three or four feet, it can't locate it. I had hoped for a little better distance "vision" from it. But other than that, it works well.
Done some basic programming with it, and can't wait to really delve deep into that with my son to see just what we can do with the unit then. Now I wish I had taken advantage of that gold box offer and gotten two, though...
Definitely a fun toy if you get it when there's a price discount.