Even robots, it seems, aren’t above Darwin’s natural selection. One week AIBO and QRIO are on the verge of extinction, the next Robosapien evolves and two new species are spotted in the supermarket jungle.
The Robosapien RS Media (above left) bears the closest resemblance to his V2 ancestor. While the tiny-headed original was happy to earn his crust entertaining the young ‘uns, his grandchild packs in tons of new tech to widen his fanbase.
The big change is that, rather than having the mind of a retarded caveman, version 3 has some new software to give him multiple personalities. You can download and create new actions, sounds, music and dance routines, chuck them on a SD card, and pop it in his side for a tailored robo-show.
He’s been given a big hardware boost, too. There are stereo speakers for his hands and body, a colour LCD on his chest and a head-mounted camera for surreptitious surveillance.
A much more exciting discovery for our scientists, though, was the Roboreptile on the right. Apparently, our team was innocently strolling down a forest track when the animal dashed at them on its four legs at high speed.
It’s biomorphic motion allegedly looked very natural, and gave them a fright before they saw a chuckling figure at the controls. He told them they needn’t have worried as it uses IR and sonic sensors to ensure it doesn’t break any ankles. The snapper can even chase his food with a ‘homing beacon’ button.
The RS Media will be available for £300 from October, while the Roboreptile will be unleashed in June for £90.
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