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:
Rovio 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.)
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).
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.
New robots have been added to Robodance's support list:
- U-Command Wall-E
- Wrex The Dawg.
A new redesigned interface that is much sleeker and easier to use then older versions.
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:
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.