Robie Sr. and Omnibot - A Blast From The PastPosted by Lady Royce on Monday, 1 June 2009
I would like to introduce to all of you to the two robots that got me started on my studies of robotics, before I became fascinated with the awesome bots from WowWee! These two old boys have been doing down time since late 1997, due to the high cost of batteries these days - but I was recently able to get a great deal on some to get them back up andrunning!
These old boys of mine and I have done so much together to help children from the first days that I got them. I have used them both in gathering donations for "Volunteers Of America" during their Christmas bell ringing efforts, (Much like the "Salvation Army" bell ringing efforts at Christmas.) to working at the "Jerry Lewis" "MD Telethons" to the "Saint Jude's Radiothons" and they have NEVER failed to get a smile out of the children at these events. So, when I could no longer afford the batteries for them, I regretfully put them on display to do nothing more then gather dust.
BUT... after my trip this past Monday to get new batteries for them, I would like to introduce to all ofthe two robots that have been great friends, and have brought smiles to many faces.
PLEASE WELCOME BACK "ROBIE SR" AND "OMNIBOT!" It has been 11 years since they were up and running, but after spending many hours and some late nights getting them ready, I am very happy to say that they are working very well and I am looking to perform some modifications to get them up to date. I just wish I knew what I can do about the yellowing of their plastic bodies! Any ideas, folks?
The biggest mod is going to be replacing their old cassette tape recording/playback system they use for "programming" them and playing and recording other sources of sound! This is going to be a rather long and difficult mod because I am having a hard enough time getting my hands on a simple MP3 player for a mod on my V2. This is going to require not only an MP3 unit that can record and playback, it is going to require cutting it into the same circuit that the cassette unit uses and making it work the same way that the cassette unit does now.
PS. If anyone knows where I can find a working "Omnibot 2000" with his tray and remote unit, would you please let me know? I would love to add him to the team!