Dinosaurs used to rule the world. Robots will someday rule the universe. With these two incontrovertible facts in mind, Mark Tilden the former NASA scientist behind Robosapien, has created Roboraptor, a programmable robotic dinosaur that's so intelligent we're beginning to think it might well be the result of some strange, Land That Time Forgot/Terminator-style temporal anomaly. Then again, it might not.
But let's forget about conjecture, because the fact is Roboraptor is one astonishing, programmable RC dinosaur. Indeed he's truly (r)evolutionary and set to become as insanely popular as Robosapien. He is fully controllable and programmable by radio control but also fully autonomous in free-roam mode.
Unlike a real dinosaur Roboraptor is no bird brain: multi-sensors allow this 32" bipedal beast to see, hear and feel the environment around him. He has multiple touch sensors in his head and tail, while sonic sensors detect sound and direction. He even has three distinct moods: hunter, cautious and playful. Go near his face when he's hunting and he'll behave aggressively; touch him when he's playful and he'll nuzzle your hand. A bit like Rod Hull's Emu but without the plastic arm and blue tinsel.
Possibly the most impressive thing about Roboraptor is the way he walks in an incredibly lifelike predatory manner. We've heard of walking the dinosaur but this is ridiculous! In fact the first time we witnessed Roboraptor's fluid biomechanical motion we half expected Raquel Welch to run out in her fuzzy britches and chuck a spear at him. It really is that realistic. Roboraptor can even hold objects in his incredibly powerful jaws.
Roboraptor is programmed and controlled via a sleek PlayStation-style joypad. Just like Robosapien the permutations of movement are endless and you'll be creating new sequences for Roboraptor until the cows (or should that be mammoths) come home. Or until a huge radioactive asteroid smashes into our planet with catastrophic consequences.
As you can tell, Roboraptor has got us in a right prehistoric tizzy because we think this state-of-the-art robo-reptile is set to rule the R/C world. So hurry up and get ordering before our stock faces total extinction.
- Fluid bi-pedal motion: walking, running and predatory gaits - Realistic body movements: turning head and neck; whipping tail actions - Three distinct moods: hunter, cautious and playful - Autonomous environmental interaction: responds with mood specific behaviors and sounds - Mood dependent behavior: aggressive/hunting mood; nervous/cautious mood; friendly/playful mood - Multi-sensory: touch sensors in his tail, chin and mouth; sonic sensors - Infra-red vision system detects objects in his path, or approaching him - Powerful jaws that play tug-of war games, bite€ and pull - â€œLaserâ€ tracking technology: trace a path on the ground and he€™ll follow it - Visual and sonic guard mode - Responds to commands from Robosapien V2 - Auto shut-off function - Video game style controller - Demonstration mode - 40+ pre-programmed functions - To download a copy of the Roboraptor„¢ manual:click here
Watch below to see the Roboraptor in action!!!
Australia: 2005 Toy of the Year, Australia Toy Fair Australia: 2005 Boy€™s Toy of the Year, Australia Toy Fair
Norway: 2005 Toy Of The Year, Norwegian Toy Association
France: 2005 Best Electronic Toy of the Year, Revue du Jouet; France: 2005 Best Toy of the Year, Revue du Jouet;
Battery Requirements: 6 X AA€, 3 X AAA€ (not included)