Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Robosapien V2 - Initial Purchase

Robosapien V2 - Initial Purchase

February 24, 2013

Browsing a local Chinese auction site (the Hong Kong version of Yahoo! auctions), I noticed an advertisement regarding a robot for sale.  

What caught my eye about the advertisement was that it appeared to feature a picture of a Robosapien V2.

In case you didn't know, the designer of the Robosapien family of robots (V1, V2, etc...) is Dr. Mark Tilden.  This guy is a real celebrity in robot circles.  Been around forever.  Used to work at Los Alamos.  Founded his own type of robotic family.  Invented a new way of talking about autonomous robots.  Has his own Wiki Page and Fan Club.

This man has REALLY "been there and done that".

Besides, he's a nice guy.  He's a "friend of a friend".  We've met a couple of times.  We've even broken bread.  I admire him.  

I thought that I would pick up this unit, do something interesting with it and see what happens.    I'm hoping that it will give me more common ground with Mark and excuses to talk to him about "robot stuff".  Here's to hoping.


The unit cost me HKD60 USD7.50.

See for yourself in the advertisement details:

The reason why?  

Because it is in ((((NOT WORK)))) ((((Wire Broken)))) (((Good For Display)))) condition.  

At least the seller certainly wasn't trying to hide anything:

Advertisement Pictures:

Here are the pictures that were included in the listing:

Hmmm.  The wire harnesses for the arms appear to have been cut.  I wonder why?

Wow - this is a beat up unit!  Plenty of dings.  No remote.

Hmmm...no battery panels on the bottom of the feet.  This could be tricky later...

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