Robodance 5 - Features List Announcement

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Robodance 5 - Features List Announcement

This post contains the feature list for Robodance 5, the next version of Robodance that is coming soon (details below).

The official feature list for the latest version of Robodance just went live minutes ago.  Robodance 5 is the powerful software program that lets people really take control of their consumer and home entertainment robots while getting a lot more fun and functionality out of them.  Best of all, it's completely free.

UPDATE: I am not putting out an estimated release date for Robodance 5 until I'm closer to releasing it.  There are some difficult issues to overcome and I won't release it until it really works well.  When I am closer to finishing I will put an updated release date which I will post here.

NOTE: To run Robodance with Skype you need a PC connected to your home network running Windows 2000 or better.  Robodance "picks up the phone" and handles the incoming Skype video call session.  The remote device can be any web enabled device capable of running Skype's video call service.

The feature list is far too long to list completely but here are few of the highlights to whet your appetite for technolust.  You can visit the Robodance information page for the complete details:

red ballRovio users will delight in Robodance's Skype support for Rovio.  By using Skype, the need to expose Rovio's ports to the Internet (port forwarding) for remote access is eliminated.  Also eliminated is the need for a Dynamic domain forwarding service to create a public URL to get to Rovio externally.  This frees the Rovio owner from having to learn the intricacies of their router in order to forward those ports, and eliminates the need to set up Rovio to interface with a Dynamic domain forwarding service too.  All that is required are two Skype accounts with different user names.  Skype is free and is tremendously easy to install.  (The remote access device must be capable of running Skype's video call service.)

red ball Rovio users can now have good quality audio in both directions regardless of what web browser they are using remotely.  Currently, without Robodance, they have to run Internet Explore 6 or newer and the audio is not as good as it is with Skype (Skype has had years to work on their audio quality).

red ball Rovio users can now access their Rovios from a public WiFi access point much more safely because their login user name and password, video stream, and audio stream are encrypted by Skype.  Without Robodance's Skype support those items are transmitted in unencrypted form, leaving their connection open to monitoring by WiFi hackers using "sniffers".  Since the login details are sent in plain text, a hacker could gain access to their Rovio.  The use of Skype virtually eliminates this vulnerability.

red ball New robots have been added to Robodance's support list:

  • Rovio
  • Roboboa
  • Femisapien
  • U-Command Wall-E
  • Tri-Bot
  • Wrex The Dawg.

red ball A new redesigned interface that is much sleeker and easier to use then older versions.


red ball Support for WowWee's inexpensive and versatile Roboremote infrared transmitter.

>>>>> UPDATE: The developer tools are currently on hold.  If I hold up Robodance 5 until they are done it won't be finished until some time next year.  Instead, I have shelved them for now so I can get Robodance 5 done.  You will still be able to do the advanced scripting the Robodance has always supported, but the Python programming support will have to wait.


Remember, Robodance already has these powerful features:

  • Voice control for all supported robots
  • Nintendo Wii Remote control for all supported robots (A Nintendo Wii remote is required and a Bluetooth transceiver, but the Wii console is not required).
  • Advanced drag and drop GUI based script editor
  • The ability to share scripts and Command Blocks via an online database
  • Support for Robosapien, Robosapien V2, i-SOBOT, Robopet, Roboraptor, Roboreptile, Roboquad and Animatronics T-Rex.
  • and more.

For complete details on Robodance 5 or to sign up for the Robodance newsletter to be notified when it is ready for download, user's should visit the Robodance 5 info page:

http://www.robodance.com/robodance-5.php


RobotsRule would like to publicly and warmly thank Robocommunity, the official WowWee user support forum, for their permission to host the Robodance support forum on their site.

-- roschler

Armos Robodrome
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Hi I dont know if Im on the correct page regarding email I received re the robodance5... I have downloaded Robodance 5 and I havent used or tried it yet.. I also downloaded Darthsapien for my Robosapiens... I havent received my Wowwee robots as yet I have ordered 8 different types so we will try when they come and advise you regards charles ArmosRobodrome

roschler
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ArmosRobodrome,

You downloaded Robodance 4. Robodance 5 isn't available yet. Also, welcome to the forum. :)

-- roschler

Armos Robodrome
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Sorry Roschler thats how new i am at roborotry..I have a lot to learn but im going to enjoy it... No swearing while she who cooks is around though... thanks for your info will be fiddling in the near future... Ive actually got Homersapien going good now and he is going to old folks home on friday to entertain the people there... We go there once a month so Homer can strutt his stuff.. Tks once again regards Charles

Chris 22
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Fine. Thank you roschler for this informations.

Best wishes

roschler
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Klaatu - Barada - Nikto

Army Of Darkness, ROFL. :)

- roschler

Sarita
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I have not used Robodance yet, maybe some day if I get Rovio. :)

Daikon
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I've played with Robodance, but I can't send anything to a robot yet as I don't have a UIRT yet. Think I'm gonna wait and see how roboremote works out on Robodance 5.0... I just got the roboremote, and I figure if I can't use it with robodance I can use it as an opto-isolated controller with sensors and stuff. Nice easy way to add some more complex autonomy to any IR Wowwee robot. And it'll keep me busy until robodance does support the roboremote!

EduardoOrtego
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Hi Roschler,

any idea about the pre-release of robodance 5?. I will be pleased to try it and help you with my feedbacks. Best regards,

Eduardo

roschler
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@EduardoOrtego,

Re: Robodance 5

Still grinding away on it. The developer tools are taking significantly longer than I expected. Since I am writing the Rovio interface with the developer tools, I can't release Robodance 5 until they are done. I'll have a progress update in about 2 weeks.

-- roschler

Eduardo Elizondo
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Hey Roschler,
I too am excited for Robodance 5's upcoming release. I am a little disappointed with the Rovio's two way audio from an "external" system and am curious to see how RD5 and Skype work together in this regard, not to mention the added security.
Thanks,
E Elizondo

Jdmtee
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My Femi soooo needs Robodance 5...

Lady Royce
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roschler said:

Klaatu - Barada - Nikto

Army Of Darkness, ROFL. :) - roschler

First off. Why are you telling "Gort" to behave when he is not even here? BTW. The entire command is, "Gort! Klaatu - Barada - Nikto!" YES! I have the old movie on VHS and I want to get the new one that has the old one with it, all on DVD. I understand the new one sticks very close to the old one.

Next. Can this program be used to change the personality of any Robosapien robot and if so, how does one do that?

Lady Donna

Lady Royce
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crmfghtr said: The new one was fairly close but the old one is still superior in terms of story telling and direction, also be advised the inclusion of the old version is a stripped down version.

How "Stripped down" are we talking here? If it is chopped up, I will look for a DVD of it that does NOT come with the new one.

RebelTaz
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Any date yet as to when we can expect RoboDance 5 (with RoboRemote support)?

roschler
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Hello RebelTaz,

I've missed the official release date already and I don't want to put out another release date until I'm certain it's a good one. Once I'm ready to do that I'll post it loud and clear.

--roschler

RebelTaz
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roschler said:
Hello RebelTaz,
I've missed the official release date already and I don't want to put out another release date until I'm certain it's a good one. Once I'm ready to do that I'll post it loud and clear.
--roschler

 

I'll be sitting here twiddling my thumbs 'til then.... Cool

Robopolis
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Add support for a lego USB ir tower! Yell

Suman
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Yeah I have been hearing abt Robodance 5...since from begining.... but haven't seen the realease date...My Rovio is just laying somewhere around the corner...I was really excited to have that when Wowwee released it as saying home survillence robot....n had...lot of excitements...but when got it am disappointed..its hopeless..2 way audio is laging..on Lan..forget abt WAN over the internet..n Camera seems good working only during full Sun Light its hopeless..when room is dark n webinterface is really slow to respond..well guys...if ROBODANCE 5 promises to break out these all...negative factors... then I shall be really..happy..using..it as real ROBOT not a fancy R/c toy with webcam.

cimplexsounds
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Hey -roschler

 

Is Robodance 5 released yet, or is it still in progress? Are you going to send those of us who are subscribed to your newsletter, instruction on how to download? Undecided

I have several Wowwee robots anxiously awaiting this release.

Lady Royce
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Roschler,

Will the IR port on a laptop do the same job as the device that is needed to use "Robodance" on a tower or desktop computer?

I have a "Dell Inspiron/8100" laptop and it has an IR port on it for connection to computers and other devices with an IR port.

If the IR on this laptop will do the same job, that would be great since it is the laptop only that will run the "RS MEDIA" program. I am still having problems getting it to run on my tower at this time.

Lady Donna

cimplexsounds
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If Roschler doesn't mind, I'll be glad to answer that question for you. The answer is no.
The IR port on your laptop computer doesn't work with Robodance.

 

You need a USB Uirt Ir transmitter, a Lego Mindstorm serial port IR tower or the Wowwee Universal roboremote which will work once Robodance 5 is released.

 

Since Roschler already answered these questions for me, I thought I'd pass the info on so he doesn't have to answer the same questions more than once.
check out the following websites for help obtaining supported IR equipment.

 

bestbuy.com

 

usbuirt.com

 

Legostorm serial tower

 

Hope this helps

Robopolis
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Lego USB tower support MUST be added!

cimplexsounds
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You'll have to ask Roschler. I don't know if he is adding support for the usb lego mindstorm tower.

Would be nice.

Lady Royce
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cimplexsounds said:

If Roschler doesn't mind, I'll be glad to answer that question for you. The answer is no. The IR port on your laptop computer doesn't work with Robodance.

You need a USB Uirt Ir transmitter, a Lego Mindstorm serial port IR tower or the Wowwee Universal roboremote which will work once Robodance 5 is released.

Since Roschler already answered these questions for me, I thought I'd pass the info on so he doesn't have to answer the same questions more than once. check out the following websites for help obtaining supported IR equipment.

bestbuy.com

usbuirt.com

Legostorm serial tower

Hope this helps

Thank you Luv,

What I want to know is why the IR on my laptop will not work and thereby forcing me to go out and buy something that is going to cost me more money then I have after I pay all my bills on the 3rd of each month!

I thought that there was no difference in IR transmitters and receivers. I understood that the frequencies were all the same with small products like these small robots.

It would be very nice if there was a program out there that could make these IR ports in laptops work with these small robots.

Lady Donna

Rudolph
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The little infrared eye on laptops (palm pilots, some phones, etc...) is IrDA, which is a low-power, very short-range IR thingie. I believe it also speaks a different language (for lack of a better term) than "standard" IR senders/receivers.

MrScott
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While the IR diodes that are in various devices are fundamentally the same, the circuitry that drives the patterned signals through them vary widely.

The computer's CPU isn't spending its time toggling the IR diode on and off. The typical configuration is to use a communication chipset to handle the encoding/decoding of commands through the port.

Even WowWee cannot quite seem to keep things wholly compatible. Roschler has previously described the problems he's had adapting new robots, with new wrinkles in the IR protocols, to work with the coded support that he has in place for generating command streams for older WowWee robots.

My guess is that the Lego serial IR tower is providing more direct program control of the IR signal than the Lego USB tower is providing. Interfaces to serial hardware are usually pretty thin. A successful signal is all about getting the signal timing right. The more software and hardware layers there are between the program specifying the stream, and the hardware blinking out the signal, the more trouble there is having a predictable timing of the signal being generated.

The resident expert and author of Robodance will weigh in if Rudolph and I have gotten any of this wrong with regards to Robodance implementation of IR streaming.

cimplexsounds
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Ya, thank you guys. Robotics can get very complicated. I whole headily agree. I've defiantly spent my hours of frustration working on robots and compatibility problems. Fortunately, if you know robotics well enough you eventually get the job done.

Anyway I was trying to remember the difference, but as I get older my memory gets foggy sometimes. LOL. The high powered IR diodes or IR LED's in a usb Uirt or a Wowwee Roboremote, translates the infrared information at a much higher bit rate (56K) and a greater distance, opposed to a the typical IRDA port found in a laptop computer. Note I believe Robodance doesn't even have the driver support for built in IRDA.

I have a palm pilot and a laptop with built in IRDA port. The palm pilot can't communicate unless it's right next to the laptop. Almost touching the port.

On the other hand, With my three Robosapien V1's and their high powered infrared remote control, I can control the RSV1's from three rooms away. With the Roboremote I can have all robots perform different tasks at the same time. On top of all this, you need software and hardware that speak a language the microprocessors in your robots can understand.

No the IR frequencies are different for each device. That's why a remote for the RS Media can't control the Roboquad( or you can't use your TV remote for your DVD player), it's like tuning into the right radio station. Fortunately the USB Uirt and Roboremote are designed to transmit the IR frequencies for all the Wowwee robot.

So yes, there is a big difference.

MrScott
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It's not so much about the frequency of the pulses as it is the encoding of the pulses in that strobing IR light. It's all in the ones and zeroes.

http://www.ustr.net/infrared/infrared1.shtml

boggy
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GREAT NEWS about Robodance 5. I can smell a release date coming out soon. Thank you so much Mr Roschler. Your a Champion. I have been hanging out or this for quite some time, as I have a number of Wowwee Robots. I have just one Question. Will it support the older style of robot as well? I.E Megabyte etc.
BEST n NEWS I'VE HEARD ALL WEEK

BOGDAN

cimplexsounds
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Oh cool!! Please tell Roschler, to let those of use who are subscribed to his newsletter know where we can download.

I have the Wowwee Roboremote, and I'm anxious to see just how good of support Robodance 5 will provide for it.

I'd also be interested in seeing Robodance provide support for the rovio.

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