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cdraptor
10-23-2007, 09:07 PM
Well I got my iSobot from Trossen today, currently charging up the batteries - I just got back from DC so I haven't had any time to mess with it, anxiously awaiting the charge indicator to go off - If I am seeing correctly it takes 6 hours to fully charge the AA batteries - hmmm, it's been on for a few hours - can't eneloop come out with a 15 - 20 minute quick charger!!! - better order more batteries. I would say video to come soon, but maybe that will be waiting until tomorrow

asbrandsson
10-25-2007, 06:08 PM
Hello,

I just paid for my i-sobot, hopefully it will be here next week.

Asbrandsson

Dave
11-05-2007, 03:18 PM
The batteries that come with it give you a pretty sad amount of run time. I want to look into some other rechargeable brands and see if we can do better.

Alex
11-05-2007, 03:48 PM
I actually gotta disagree with you on this one Dave:p

I ran this little guy for a pretty long time (about 1/2 to 3/4 hour) over the weekend all off of the last charge that you gave it. He started running a little low when my friends came over later in the evening though:(

cdraptor
11-05-2007, 05:20 PM
Dave, I found he lasted a good 35 - 45 minutes and it depended on how much playing around, I bought another pack of eneloops for him since the charger that comes with takes hours and hours. Now they warn in the docs to use only those eneloop batteries.

Dave
11-06-2007, 09:06 AM
Hmm.. Well we may have been working the little guy too hard. You've seen the weightlifting video, right?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1UiKEcZfDY

Although, now that I think of it, we may not have started with a full charge. Waiting for batteries to charge is like watching paint dry, and its particularly frustrating when you want to play with your shiny new toy. :D

Alex
11-06-2007, 09:19 AM
Yeah, I wasn't trying to pump iron with the little dude when I was checking him out, haha!

darkback2
12-25-2007, 11:27 PM
Here is a video of my 2 isobots fighting. It was so much fun by the way. I haven't run into the battery problem...unless you try using regular AAA batteries. Don't bother they run out after about 3 minutes. I had to adjust one of the servo clams before the fight mind you not after...though I figure this isn't the best idea long term. Can't wait to do more though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFSmYB_BAyM


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFSmYB_BAyM

Droid Works
05-08-2008, 06:25 AM
Here is a video of my 2 isobots fighting. It was so much fun by the way. I haven't run into the battery problem...unless you try using regular AAA batteries. Don't bother they run out after about 3 minutes. I had to adjust one of the servo clams before the fight mind you not after...though I figure this isn't the best idea long term. Can't wait to do more though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFSmYB_BAyM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFSmYB_BAyM
That is just too funny...lol

jrowe47
05-08-2008, 08:53 PM
Hank Freid appears to be New York City's 5th worst landlord (http://www.nycworstlandlords.com/nycwl/index.php?top_ten_list). And also appears to be involved in some major controversy, etc, etc. I'm betting my hard drive to a toilet paper tube that this hank guy is a spam bot.

He's a hotelier, and I have no doubt he paid someone to put together an online spam campaign.

http://origin.observer.com/2008/activists-hound-hotelier-hank-freid

etc etc

Adrenalynn
05-08-2008, 11:04 PM
I'm onboard with you there, J'. Typical kind of senseless post I see coming out of the post farms in China.

Alex
05-08-2008, 11:16 PM
[post removed] thanks jrowe! If he's legit, I'm sure it'll come out.

tom_chang79
05-09-2008, 01:42 AM
Well, I also participate in Robosavvy's forums and there seems to be an increase of spammers on that board as well.

I believe they are human because starting any account on anything these days have those security images where you had to type in what you see...

You can't stop spammers, just have to make it more difficult for them to reduce the number and frequency of it...

:p

Wingzero01w
05-10-2008, 10:09 PM
Does anybody know if theres going to be a next version of the isobot coming out soon? Im looking into getting one of these but i dont want to get one and then in a few days the next versions out...

Also has anybody done hacks with these? like replacing the controller or making different software?

tom_chang79
05-12-2008, 02:20 PM
As far as I know, there has been some talk about a new isobot coming out sometime at the end of this year or the next year, but nothing officially announced...

As for the hacking portion, there's Robodance:

http://www.robodance.com/nintendo-wii-i-sobot.php

Which uses a WII remote to control the isobot. There's also another project that I've seen on youtube.com where a guy basically uses an IR transmitter to send out the commands to his isobot, thus linking his computer (which was running Linux, but any platform that can talk to an IR transmitter would do) to the Isobot.

You might want to also check out i-sobot dissections that was done by someone in France and another from Japan. You can find their links off of RobotDreams:

www.robots-dreams.com (http://www.robots-dreams.com)

Wingzero01w
05-12-2008, 03:02 PM
Is it possible to completely replace the controller and put in a new servo controller like the ssc-32

Macmutt
08-02-2008, 12:33 PM
How do you guys like yours so far?, i've been watching tons of videos and just when i think this little guy can't be programmed to do anything more, i see something new.
I can't wait to get my hands on it, does the batteries have any charge to them out of the box? or is that the first thing you need to do?
Does it work in connectivity with a computer and if so is it MAC compatible?
How well does it take a fall? because i notice in videos that when it does somersaults and falls backwards it's sounds as if it's hitting pretty hard, does it get scratched up a lot on it's torso, or is really durable?
I know i'll find out soon enough but i was just curious...Thanks.

Electricity
08-02-2008, 12:53 PM
How do you guys like yours so far?, i've been watching tons of videos and just when i think this little guy can't be programmed to do anything more, i see something new.
I can't wait to get my hands on it, does the batteries have any charge to them out of the box? or is that the first thing you need to do?
Does it work in connectivity with a computer and if so is it MAC compatible?
How well does it take a fall? because i notice in videos that when it does somersaults and falls backwards it's sounds as if it's hitting pretty hard, does it get scratched up a lot on it's torso, or is really durable?
I know i'll find out soon enough but i was just curious...Thanks.
Yeah, the more I see them, the more I'd like to get one. Apparently you can hack a wiimote to control them.

tom_chang79
08-04-2008, 01:02 AM
Just remember not to go into the iSobot thinking that it'll do what a Kondo or a Bioloid will do but scaled down. For me, I view it more as a desktop toy. It's really neat for a first few hours, but the entertainment value kinda dies down since it's not autonomous. Perhaps one day, someone will release a dev kit and hack guide for it, but the servos are not too powerful (they are super tiny), so as long as you don't expect to get a Plenn, then you will like it...

I haven't played with mine for a few months now, but I just wished there was a way to change the walking gait. iSobot walks fine with the default gait, but the legs can use a little more lifting like on the Kondo's and Bioloid's walking gait...

Electricity
08-04-2008, 11:40 AM
I wonder if you couldn't just swap out the microcontroller with something else, and do some custom programing?

Adrenalynn
08-04-2008, 12:58 PM
Swapping out the guts of anything that small and that engineered is always a challenge - but yes, in theory, you could swap out the controllers and do whatever you wanted. And scratch programming it would take some serious dedication and time.

I would probably reverse engineer it myself. It'd be more useful for everyone else as well.

rpedro
08-04-2008, 08:07 PM
I had an isobot as my first try to robotics, for the price paid, and the quality, I think it was well worth the money... I may buy another so my son can get started as well...:)