Remote Commander

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VK
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Remote Commander

Hi there, I am enquiring about the remote commander used to control RS, do you have to be in front of RS all the time to control (i.e. RS is walking towards you) or if it is walking away from you, RS can still be controlled (i.e. back is facing you).

Basically what I am eluding to is the range of control of RS from the remote commander (in meters, feets etc) and if RS needs to be always facing you to control.

Thanks

Nocturnal
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The RS Media has 3 IR sensors in his head, they all face forward. He
can pick up from other directions from reflections (its light, it
bounces off surfaces). Best reception is, obviously, from head on, but
will work acceptably from the sides and behind. Range is a different
issue, it depends a lot on enviromental conditoins. In a "noisy"
enviroment range will be reduced, in total darkness, range will
probably be increased.

VK
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Hi Nocturnal, I have purchased my RS and I noticed that when it's back is towards me or it head is turned away, I cannot control RS and I am required to get up and walk in front of him to again control him. How can I prevent this, i.e. control him from the rear or when head is turned.

Nocturnal
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Hmm.... it usually works fine for me from the sides. The simple
answer is there is nothing that can be done, the more complex answer is
if you dont mind violating your warranty, fidling with a few wires, a
little soldering and buying an addition part, you can install a IR
receiver in the back of his head. 

VK
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Hi Nocturnal, I spoke to the Shop where I purchased RS and there is no warranty, so I guess I am all set to fiddle. Let me know what IR receiver to purchase and what to open and where to solder and I will get on it, as it is really frustating to have to chase after RS because his back is towards me.

Thanks

Nocturnal
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*Blinks* Well... thats a surprise. I didn't expect you to take me up on
it. Give me a day or so to double check the wiring and write up some
instructions.

Nocturnal
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Done. See the post here.

VK
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Thank you Nocturnal, looks good. Have you tried this out yet?

Nocturnal
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I tested it to make sure it works, otherwise I wouldn't have posted
it.  Though I cheated and used an IR receiver out of my dead V2,
so I can't say with 100% certainty the one I linked to will work.

wjc1960
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my grandson got a v2 for xmas,so i bought one as well.his remote has a targeting button with green lite on it,while on the remote that came with my v2,the button and feature is totally absent.his remote tracking feature works fine with my bot as well........wish mine would have came like that as well.

any idea whats up with this

thanks

wjc

Nocturnal
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Must be a new revision, several other people have mentioned their
remotes are missing the "laser" button. Personally I can't think of a
reason it would have been remove. Could you post a picture of the
remote?

wjc1960
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Hi Nocturnal,

I'm not sure how to post a picture here.  The only reason I could think of for them doing away with that feature is the drain on the batteries.  Since the remotes use such small batteries, that kind of light would be a tremendous drain on them. 

My remote is identical to the one for my grandson's robot, only with out the light or the targeting button. is there any place that i might buy an additional remote with this feature that you know of??

thanks

wjc

wjc1960
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k........finally got a call from wowwee,turns out,there is a pending legal litigation concerning the laser tracking light.i was informed that if i wanted an origional controller,it would be 15.00
just thought i might le u guys know what i found out
thanks
wjc

Nocturnal
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Thats very odd..... the "Laser" is just a IR LED firing a pulsed signal
(pretty much the same as pressing any button on the remote) it doesn't
really drain the batteries. I can't really see how there could be
litigation involving it (unless they stepped on someone patent).

wjc1960
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or a kid shone it in his eyes..........some people will sue for anything

Nocturnal
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Its not a real laser, its no more dangerous than a TV remote (causethats pretty much what it is). For anyone who's really interested, thefunctionality still exists, both in the remote and in the V2. You canread about how to restore it here.