Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Commandobot Voice Recognition.

Picked up a "vintage" voice recognition Commandobot last weekend. The kids finally wore me down this weekend to open the box. Not new in box but used in box. We took it out and were able to find the Commandobot manuals online

The robot itself is pretty cool for a toy, it will shoot multiple plastic missiles (4-6' range, very low energy), small tank tracks under the feet (the feet do not actually move), lights that flash, and he does talk. The robot also can ease drop and acts as a intercom of sorts. Speed is very slow, has "programs" for "guarding" and patterns. I think it is also supposed to perform "missions" where you use the keypad on it's chest to key in moves and attacks, but we could not quite figure out if we were doing something wrong or if that feature was disabled.

We took on the challenge of doing the robot training of the 18 commands, which had to be repeated twice to the robots satisfaction. It was grueling but N stuck with it. It took me maybe 4 tries before I could get through it and after getting my voice we had to go through it again to set it to N's voice. N is 6 years old and really, really wanted to control the robot. I think the idea of voice commanding something that can shoot "missiles" was a big motivator. The video is him trying to get through the 18 command words with the robot.


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