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Robonica Roboni or the Roboni-i is an cutting edge, programmable robot that can interact into a real world game play. The Robonica Roboniis an intelligent and sleek robot which can be fully programmed and loaded with games. It is suitable for single players and multiple players who can access the virtual world of Robon-i. Equipped with 16 sensors, 4 processors and a nimble 360-degree movement, the Robonica Roboni can interact with the other robots, avoid obstacles and can manoeuvre on its own. You can also customize the Robonica Roboni to have its own moods and personality by changing the program of the robots behaviour. One of the great things about the Robonica Roboni is that you can create your desired game or even download the games that others have already created.
The Robonica Roboni uses ATmega 640 ATMEL processor as its game controller and uses the Zigbee technology for communication with the robot. It is also designed to fit perfectly in the hands of the players. The status of the game is displayed on the Robonica Roboni’s customized LCD screen. Two buttons are designed for steering the robot and two other trigger buttons for the option menu. There is a slot designed for the for the reference card which will interpret the displayed data on the LCD of the controller.
The Robonica Roboni Starter Pack’s software will let you access a user-friendly tutorial or FAQ. You can also view the profiles of the registered players, scores and ranks. Once you have installed the software, you will be allowed to register for tournaments and view online tournament schedules. This will also let you compare your opponents, tactics, patterns and statistics.
Robonica Roboni Communication
Robonica Roboni game accessories utilize a combined active and passive RFID tags along with an infrared to provide visual feedback and the necessary functions of the game. The Robonica Roboni requires 12 AA batteries, PC with Windows XP or Vista. It is suitable for players aged 13 and up.
Robonica Roboni Customer Review-Testimonial
Roboni- i was recommended to me by a friend that had purchased one and then a
second for her younger son. I bought one for my 12 year old.
From unpacking to start up took less than 10 min. I installed the software (running on Vista) and went through the normal process. We are all technology junkies in my household, so this is so down our alley. The robot immediately caught our attention, he (the robot, my son named him) was immediately running around the house – on its own as well, if you ignore the chap. Leaving the base station switched on also gives him a new character! We did buy the recommended re-chargeable batteries, and I suggest getting good ones, this robot eats power. The first night Roboni- i took the test for over 1 hour and 38 minutes before I had to remove him. My son is inquisitive and a natural problem solver, and has sat working with Roboni-i everyday since. We are getting into the programming aspects of the robot -so cool and user-friendly. Have been able to program variety of robot responses so far – I personally like his “shiver” a happy movement! It’s not the noise of the robot that bothers me, but my son constantly calling me to come see what Roboni- i can do. He loves it!
I really like the repeat play experience. There are some seven games included allowing my kid to play on his own for now – Colors – simply gathering specific colors as illustrate on the remote controller and depositing them at a loading dock in limited time. Good for coordination and memory development. Space Pods game allows multiplayer gaming which can be played according to the rules or your own. There are no rules printed, you have to access the software to get ti the tutorials. For the price, computer learning experience and fun aspect it has hours, days and months of use ahead. We have only scratched the tip of the ice-berg, and so much more to learn. This robot truly has an extended life ahead. When I considered the price, it was in line with gaming prices for things such as Wii and PSP, in fact cheaper once you start adding all the game cards required for these games from time to time. Roboni-i is really a whole lot of stuff in one – a RC toy combined with lots of repeat play games and exposure to programming by plugging it into your PC. Can’t wait for online world to go live as well.
I strongly recommend the following:
1. Purchase the highest quality rechargeable batteries (expensive, but much cheaper in the long run.)
2. Read up on Roboni i. Check out the video clips and media material online. This will give you a good insight.
1. Lots of variety and clearly sustainable interest potential
2. So much value in computer learning experience and accessories
3. As far as robotic toys go, if one may refer to Roboni i as a toy, it stands in a class of it’s own based on the super software and gaming diversity
1. Definitely adds to the fun if a friend has one. I guess as this robot gains more exposure more children will have one, making the interactive experience so much better. It strikes me as having one of the first few cell phones around. Difficult to phone people who did not have one.
2. Eats batteries.
3. Noisy if you do not turn the volume down (in the Command Center).
I recommended it for the inquisitive, and active mind with imagination.