Wii Remote Controls Robosapien, Tickles Elmo

Innovation of the WowWee Robosapien V2 robot continues to flourish, and now you can control this budding robot overlord with a Wii remote. In this seemingly endless preview video, watch just long enough to see the 3.x alpha version of Robodance open-source software linking the Wii to the little guy. In addition to letting you script routines for the robot, this version that will be released next month maps commands from the Robosapien's complex remote to the much easier-to-use Wiimote.

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If you do end up watching most of the video, check out the cheesy script where the robot actually tickles Elmo. Sweet. Anyway, Robosapien's no Asimo, but he can do a lot for his $120ish price, and the Wiimote makes his antics nearly effortless to control and even more fun.

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DISCUSSION

Hey everyone, I'm the author of the video and program. The video is indeed long because I meant it to be a mini-tutorial on how to use the program. Here are the video times for those of you who just want to jump around and see the robot and WiiMote in action:

1:04 to 4:46 - The WiiMote function mapping and primary robot control demo

9:54 to 10:50 - The Robosapien V2 tickling Elmo under control of the WiiMote

You can watch or ignore the rest of the video at your leisure. A huge thanks to Gizmodo for telling people about Robodance. It's a free program and it lets owners of Robosapien V2's and pretty much all the other WowWee robots have a lot more fun with them. Support for the Robosapien RS Media is coming soon.

Robert Oschler

RobotsRule.com