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Robonica Roboni - I Programmable Gaming RobotModel Number: 2468Meet Roboni-i; a highly-intelligent robot that fuses interactive; remote-controlled gameplay with advanced robotic technology. Operated wirelessly using a handheld controller and featuring four processors and 16 sensors; Roboni-i can sense and respond to his environment; explore the room on its own; and even engage in games with other Roboni-i units. A great toy for young robotics enthusiasts; Roboni-i can also be linked to your computer; allowing to reprogram his behavior and upload customized games. Roboni-i Robotic Gaming System Ages: 13+ Requires: Roboni-i: 6 x AA batteries Mobile controller: 4 x AA batteries BaseStation: 2 x AA batteries System Requirements: Windows XP/Vista/7 CD-ROM drive What We Think Fun factor: Durability: Ease of assembly: Educational factor: Novelty factor: The Good: Cutting-edge robotics technology; intuitive RC controls; customizable robot behaviors The Challenging: Robot is a bit too jittery when left alone; editing programs require some technical savvy In a Nutshell: Highly advanced; interactive robot toy; ideal for older children and robotics enthusiasts Roboni-i senses his environment using infrared and touch sensors. View larger. The controller features an intuitive design and an LED screen where you can view your Roboni-i's status. View larger. Cutting-Edge Robotic Technology With his futuristic architecture and space-age silver color; Roboni-i would fit right at home in a science fiction movie. He features a durable plastic chassis that protects his intricate inner technology. Inside of Roboni-i are 12 infrared sensors; which the robot uses to sense his surroundings; talk to other robots and communicate with the included BaseStation. He also features highly-sensitive touch sensors on his front and back bumpers; allowing him to sense even the slightest physical contact. When Roboni-i senses something; he responds immediately by executing complex behaviors. For instance; if he collides with a wall; he'll whistle with displeasure; turn around; and proceed in the opposite direction. If he spots his BaseStation or another Roboni-i unit; he might fire off his laser. If left by himself for more than 30 seconds; he may even begin to explore the environment on his own. He'll always remain near his BaseStation; though; so you don't have to worry about him wandering off by himself. Fast; Nimble Remote-Control Action With a full; 360-degree range of motion; Roboni-i is incredibly agile. You control Roboni-i using a comfortable handheld controller; which communicates wirelessly with the robot. The controller's LCD screen displays various aspects of the robot's status; such as his level of happiness; his battery life; current game mode; and so on. The robot is surprisingly fast; and he's even capable of stunts and loops. Keep in mind that his plastic frame houses complex electronics; so don't get too wild with your stunts. He's by no means an all-terrain vehicle and is best driven on a hard; flat surface. Roboni-i features the latest in robotic toy technology. View larger. Loaded with Personality Roboni-i isn't just a mindless automaton that you control. He is a moody; sensitive robot that seems to have a mind of his own! He is at his happiest when he gets lots of attention; and when he is in close vicinity to his BaseStation. If you switch his BaseStation off or move it out of reach; he will have a robotic freak-out and begin frantically searching for it. When he's in a good mood; he will randomly fire off his laser; run away and hide from you; and perform other playful acts. When you pay close attention to Roboni-i; you earn RoboTX levels -- a measure of how much your robot trusts you. As you earn more and more RoboTX levels; your robot will gain access to more advanced actions and movements. This is a fun feature that allows your robot to grow dynamically with you as its owner. However; it also requires you to invest time in playing with your robot in order to get the most out of the toy. Roboni-i can engage in multiplayer gameplay with other Roboni-i robots. View larger. Interactive Single- and Multi-Player Games The feature that distinguishes Roboni-i from other robotic competitors is its ability to participate in real gameplay and multiplayer games with other Roboni-i owners. To set up a multiplayer game; the robots must join each other in a group so they will be able to identify each other. Once this happens; you're free to interact with other Roboni-i units and play games with them. Reprogram Roboni-i with Your Computer Edit Roboni-i's behavior with your PC. View larger. Using the included Command Center program; you can customize the way your Roboni-i reacts to different stimuli. The program is very easy to use; although it does take some degree of computer competence (which younger kids may not have.) A drag-and-drop menu lets you easily program your robot to reverse; spin around; crabwalk; flash its activity LEDs; and more. The program also comes with a comprehensive tutorial; making it easy to learn how to use your robot. The Command Center program is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP; Vista; Windows 7. It is backed by a 1-year limited warranty. Roboni-i's PC-based Command Centre Screen Shot The Command Center features extensive tutorials. View larger. Roboni-i's mission is to defend the world from approaching asteroids. View larger. Roboni-i's story is told through CGI-rendered movies; which you can view on your computer. View larger. What's in the Box Roboni-i Robot; Base Station; Energy Port with Pod (Ball); Uni-hubs (3); SFX Hub; Controller; Software; Seven Games; USB Cable.