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Cillchaoi Sep 18, 07
Interesting "big kid's" toy. It'd be fun to play with it and see what it could be made to do. The great things about this pet are no litterboxes to clean, no food to buy, no vet visits, and you can just turn it off if it gets to be too annoying.

Now here is the question, though: as it has three levels of aggression (per the source article), what would it do in any of those modes? Follow more closely or would it try to crawl up the person's leg or what? I can just see it now: put this thing on "guard duty" when everyone goes to bed for the night and, when someone breaks in, it runs up and runs circles around the intruder's feet. Attach a speaker and make it pant and you have a robotic poodle. (LAUGH)
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MicahWrites Sep 18, 07
The 'agression' settings are likely just personalities; passive, curious and playful perhaps.

It would be nice though for companies who make robots like this to offer an SDK. If they did their sales would probably triple.
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kspiess Sep 18, 07
Roboquad is pretty cool, but not as cool as the Asashi Beer-bot from the summer robo-review, IMHO:
http://www.neoseeker.com/news/story/6986/

Perhaps Roboquad will make the cut for the Fall edition of Neoseeker's Japanese Robot Review.
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MicahWrites Sep 18, 07
Roboquad needs some work . . .

It should be able to walk on walls like a real spider.

Shooting webs is a must.

Fangs too.

More legs would help Roboquad. It could go to the fridge to get me a beer, then bring it back and open it. It would probably kill or maim me by jumping on my face and biting furiously for my refusal to tip only 2 AAA batteries instead of a D cell.
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iamjoe56 Sep 18, 07
I think the wall walking action is a bit...far of yet, maybe in a few years, but right now, unless roboquad uses hooks, no dice.
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DeathMonkey Sep 19, 07
Couldn't they just make the feet stick to the surface it's on to make it able to walk on walls?
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Cillchaoi Sep 19, 07
The average wall is too "rough" to allow that to work, such as with suction cups. Any bonding agent that might be otherwise used would potentially lead to damage to the wall if it were strong enough to support an 8-pound object as this robot is.
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Hinata2007 Sep 19, 07
Heh, give it 8 legs and I'm game. That honey doll was creepy as hell. But then again it came from the land of deformed cartoon bodies and super violence.
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Cheesysoapopra Sep 19, 07
Lego Mindstorms are much much more cool than these one.

We're programing lego robots in my java class at college right now. The little things are awesome.
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enslavedbloodrose Sep 19, 07
I want a Lego robot!!!!! Although this thing does look.. intriguing. I think I would like to see what it can do. Of course with my family we would get entertained by just playing with the box. Well, what can I say?!? Simple things, amuse simple minds.
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MicahWrites Sep 19, 07
Crazy thought . . .

Take a few grand worth of Lego, some crazy glue to hold it together, lots of silver paint and find some bigger stepper motors, servos and linear actuators on ebay.

Build a Logo Terminator with a very long extension cord. Have it weild a couple of Nerf cannons.
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iamjoe56 Sep 19, 07
That is crazy! If you make it, I want one too!
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MicahWrites Sep 19, 07
I still have a shoe box full of Lego somewhere. Maybe I can buy it by the pound on ebay.
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Cillchaoi Sep 20, 07
As an FYI, I contacted Discovery Store to find out more about this robot and its various operational modes as well as how "aggression works." The information they sent is as follows:

Activity button Aggression button Awareness button
Smart-scan Roar Scan left for nearest object
Twitch BodyCon Attack Scan right for nearest object
High stance Aggressive stance Aware stance

Activity
This button will toggle through Roboquad’s activity personality settings.
This mainly affects his autonomous mode. With a high Activity level Roboquad will spend more time exploring in autonomous mode. Lower levels will make him more docile in autonomous mode.

Aggression
This button will toggle through Roboquad’s aggression personality settings.
This affects how he reacts to sensor inputs. With a high Aggression level Roboquad has more aggressive responses. At lower levels he is more nervous.

Awareness
This button will toggle through Roboquad’s awareness personality settings.
This affects the range of his scanner and how much he uses it in autonomous mode. With a high Awareness level Roboquad will use longer scanning distances for his obstacle avoidance, guard mode and smart-scan. He will also spend more time scanning in autonomous mode.

At lower levels his scanning range is reduced.
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