Robosapien Technical Info
Fluid motions and gestures:
Fast dynamic 2-speed walking and turning
Full-function arms with two types of grippers
67 pre-programmed functions: pick-up, throw, kick, dance, kung-fu, fart, belch, rap and more; 3 demonstration modes.
Fully programmable on remote control: Up to 84 program steps with 4 program modes for advanced operations; programmable “reflexes” to sound and touch stimuli.
Fluent international “caveman” speech.
Extended battery life.
About Mark Tilden:
Mark, the designer of Robosapien, is a robotics physicist who has worked for NASA, DARPA and JPL through Los Alamos National Laboratory. He developed the basics for biomorphic robotics in 1988; Robosapien is the first commercially available robot based upon this principle.Where is Robosapien’s
- It’s located just below his right shoulderblade. Press in to power
him on; if he has previously shut down automatically, you will need to press
the button twice (out and back in). Robosapien will respond with his “Wake
does Robosapien seem to operate in the opposite direction from the controller?
- The left side of the controller always operates Robosapien’s right
side; the right side of the controller always operates his left side. So, if
you are standing in front of him, the controller buttons line up directly to
the side which will move; if you are standing behind him, the controller buttons
line up vertically to the side which will move.
- Try working the remote upside down if that is more comfortable for you.
won't Robosapien respond to the controller?
Robosapien is "blinded" by sunlight
or electronically dimmed lighting.
Try lowering his
visor, or remove him from the interference source.
- Robosapien could be in LISTEN, REACTION, or SLEEP mode. Press RESET to get
- Robosapien can't "see" the remote signals. Always point the remote
control at his head.
- Robosapien is too far away. Move closer to him.
if Robosapien is not walking well?
- Try pressing STEP again for the sure-footed "slow walk" mode, or,
if stopped, press STEP-STEP.
- Only operate Robosapien on a hard floor or low-pile carpet. He has trouble
walking on deep shag, grass, sand, or cloth.
- Make sure there are no obstructions, wires, or string limiting Robosapien’s
- Maybe his batteries need changing.
can't Robosapien pick up low objects from the floor?
-Robosapien will damage his fingers if he bends down too low. He can only pick
up items that are greater than approximately 2” high, such as paper cups,
socks in a ball, bent business cards, crumpled paper, etc.
- If you put Robosapien in a dimly lit environment, his palm lights will show
you where his two pick-up “sweet spots” are located. When you do
a pick-up command, he can very reliably pick things up which are placed in
these spots located next to his ankles.
does Robosapien have two types of hands?
- His right hand is for round or bulky things like dolls, cardboard tubes,
His left hand is for thin things like pencils, napkins, dollar bills, business
cards, and paper. Use his hands to lift things, hold and carry them, and even
put them on steps or in laundry bags, for example.
if Robosapien doesn’t walk while he is carrying something?
- If Robosapien is holding something that will flop against his sensor (like
long ruler), the sensor may false trigger and he may stop walking. If that
is the case, press SELECT-FORWARD or SELECT-SELECT-FORWARD (bulldozer action)
and Robosapien will walk.
stops whenever he's stuck against a wall. How do I get him away from
- Press SELECT-FORWARD or SELECT-BACKWARD to get him away from objects that
keep tripping his sensors. You can also press SELECT-SELECT-BULLDOZER to make
Robosapien kick his way through things in front of him.
can't Robosapien fast walk with his arms all the way up?
- On some surfaces your robot cannot walk well while his hands are all the
way up or while he's carrying something heavy. However, just press STEP again
(or, if stopped, press STEP-STEP) and he'll walk fine.
do I make Robosapien walk straight when his arms are not balanced?
- By pressing the STEP button again, or, if stopped, by pressing STEP-STEP.
This puts him into the much more stable "slow-walk" mode. Slow-walk
allows Robosapien to push, pull, or kick his way out of many situations.. If
he continues to stop, use the "SELECT-SELECT-BULLDOZER" mode; he
will push through any obstacle he can.
head has turned to the right; I have not been able to re-center it. Do
you have any suggestions for repair?
- Lower his arms and twist his head all the way to the left, until you hear
How can I make Robosapien quieter?
- Cover the speaker grill on his back with tape.
there a way to make Robosapien remember his programming?
- No, but in SLEEP mode he will remember his programming for up to 2 hours
before he completely turns himself off and forgets everything. In SLEEP mode,
he will ignore all touch sensors until you wake him up with your remote control.
wake-up, I hear Robosapien making strange humming sounds. Is this something
to worry about?
- No, it is part of the normal wake-up protocol.
does Robosapien have lights in his palms?
- So he can look cool patrolling around at night, of course. Several command
functions cause his palm lights to come on.
my Robosapien do housework?
- Sort of. He can push lightweight boxes, kick toys against a wall, retrieve
hankerchiefs and pile them on steps, pick up light laundry and throw it in
bags, among other housekeeping chores.
didn't Robosapien start after I put in fresh batteries?
- Make sure he is not lying down when you power him up or he'll think he's
stuck and won't power on.
- Always power on Robosapien standing upright in a clear, open space.
- Make certain that the battery-pull straps inside his feet are not caught
between the batteries and contacts.
- Check that all batteries are placed in the correct direction in the battery
happens if I forget to turn off Robosapien?
- If you ignore him, Robosapien will stop and go to sleep after 5 minutes.
If he gets no remote signal for 2 hours, he will shut off completely (even
if the power button is still in the “on” position).
are the 67 Robosapien functions?
1) Right Arm Up
2) Right Arm Down
3) Right Arm In( LFT) Left Spin/Walk Button
4) Right Arm Out (FWD) Forward Walk/Slow
5) Tilt Body Right(BK) Backward Walk/Slow
6) Left Arm Up(RSD) Right Shoulder Down
7) Left Arm Down(LSD) Left Shoulder Down
8) Left Arm In (RSU) Right Shoulder Up
9) Left Arm Out (LSU) Left Shoulder Up
10) Tilt Body Right (RFO) Right Forearm Out
11) Turn Right
12) Walk Forward
13) STOP Button
14) Turn Left
15) Walk Backward
16) (R>) Right Sensor Program
17) (S>) Sonic Program
18) (L>) Left Sensor Program
19) (R>) Right Sensor Program
20) (P) Master Command Program
21) (SELECT) Advance to GREEN Keys
22) Right Hand Thump
23) Left Hand Pickup
24) Lean Backward
25) Right Hand Throw
27) Left Hand Thump
28) Left Hand Pickup
29) Lean Forward
30) Left Hand Throw
32) Forward Step
33) Right Turn Step
34) Backward Step
35) Right Sensor Program Execute
36) Master Command Program Execute
37) Wake Up
39) Left Turn Step
40) (SELECT) Advance to ORANGE Keys
41) Left Sensor Program Execute
42) Sonic Sensor Program Execute
43) Right Hand Sweep
44) High 5
45) Right Hand Strike 1
47) Right Hand Strike 2
48) Left Hand Sweep
49) Talk Back
50) Left Hand Strike 1
52) Left Hand Strike 2
54) Right Hand Strike 3
57) All Demo
58) Power Off
60) Left Hand Strike 3
61) (Select) Return to RED Command Functions
63) Dance Demo
64) <, < Combination "Right Walk Turn"
65) >, > Combination "Left Walk Turn"
66) Forward, Forward Combination "Slow Walk Forward"
67) Backward, Backward Combination "Slow Walk Backward"
are the 4 programming modes?
1. Master Program (P) General control programs
2. Right Sensor Program (R> ) Triggered by touch to finger, toe or heel
on right side
3. Left Sensor Program (L> ) Triggered by touch to finger, toe or heel sensor
on left side
4. Sonic Sensor Program (S>) Triggered by a sharp sound or tap on his body.
is the function of the wires that stick out of Robosapien’s arms?
- The wires carry power and sensor information to and from his hands.
They also act as soft bumpers if Robosapien gets too close to a wall.