December 25, 2004
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So it’s Christmas day and I received a RoboSapien from my brother.  It takes me back to my first *‘Programmable’*toy back in the eighties.  Much more limited than the RoboSapien, the Big Trak was a tank that you could specify it to move forward, back, turn left and right, and fire a fake laser:

In constrast, the RoboSapien has a much larger bank of operations, but still a pretty limited amount of task space.  What I do like about the RoboSapien is the sound and touch sensors.  This allows you to determine what to do during collision with objects or even let you create a robot watch dog.  I can’t wait to finally get home to Atlanta to see how the cats like it ;)