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Robodance is a popular robot control program that allows you to control a number of commercially available toy and hobby robots via your computer and a number of control interfaces, including the Nintendo Wiimote and nunchaku attachment. This is probably the easiest way to expand the programming capabilities of your i-SOBOT.


The i-SOBOT Hacking Blog didn’t breathe live for very long, but while it did, its author managed to post some useful explorations of the robot’s control, power, and servo systems:

The i-SOBOT power supply

i-SOBOT Controller Overview – covers disassembly and includes two detailed and annotated photos that show all the major connectors and functionality.

i-SOBOT Controller Overview 2 – digs deeper into the i-SOBOT controller including servo connections, the on  board gyro, and quite a few pin-outs.

Right-Arm Control – covers the servo signals and protocols

More About i-SOBOT Servo Protocol – Includes the i-SOBOT frames and protocols in quite a bit of detail.
[Via Robots-Dreams]

i-SOBOT teardown analysis report
(Translated Japanese page)

i-SOBOT Battery Specs & Spare Sets

i-SOBOT Easter Eggs:

Here are 8 of them. I took a guess as to what they are called.
•Upper Guard / Taunt?
•Soundeffect & Pose
•Soundeffect & pose (reversed)
•Eye Blaster?
•Blow Whistle
•Odd Vocal & Pose
•Odd Vocal & Pose (reverse)
•Spells out “TAKARA TOMY” with body
[via RobotSavvy]

More Easter Eggs here and here.

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.

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