Roboquad User Manual - Robots and Computers

Roboquad User Manual - Robots and Computers
ROBOQUAD
A Fusion of Technology and Personality
User Manual
Item No. 8039 | Ages 8+
Welcome
Congratulations on purchasing your new Roboquad™ from Wowwee!
Before using this product, carefully read this manual and retain it for future reference.
Contents
Welcome
p.1
Getting started
p.4
Battery Details
p.4
Roboquad
Remote controller
Low Power
Roboquad overview
p.5
Controller overview
p.6
Roboquad infrared receiving range
p.7
Remote controller function chart
p.8
Button overviews
1. Shift
p.9
2. Personality settings - Activity, Aggression, Awareness
p.9
3. Program button
p.10
4. Autonomy
p.10
5. Demo button
p.10
6. Rotation buttons
p.11
7. Stop button
p.11
8. Directional pad
p.12
Roboquad Basics
p.13
Terminology
Power on / off
Sleep and power down
Stop and reset
Movement
p.14
Walking
Independent leg movement
Head movement
Rotation walking
Personality settings
- Activity, Aggression, Awareness
p.15
Introduction
LEDs
Activity
Aggression
Awareness
Contents
Sensors Light Sensor
Sound Sensor
Autonomy
Autonomy
Obstacle avoidance
Exiting autonomy
Guard mode
Entering guard mode
Guard mode scanning
Reactions
Exiting guard mode
Demos
Dance demo
Movement demo
Volume
p.16
p.16
p.17
Scanning
Introduction
Smart-scan
Scan (left/right) for nearest object
Approach nearest object
Escape walk
Flinch
Programming
Program
Support
p.18
p.19
p.19
p.17
p.18
Getting Started / Battery Details
Remote controller
Getting started
To use your Roboquad, insert batteries (see below), turn him on, and then try
some of his functions from the remote controller, or read on to discover more
about the abilities of this friendly alien invader.
Bottom view of remote controller
Battery Details
Roboquad
Bottom view of
Roboquad’s™ body
Battery requirements
Roboquad’s remote controller is powered by 3 x “AAA” size batteries
(not included).
Battery installation
1.
2.
3.
Battery requirements
Your Roboquad is powered by
4 “C” size batteries (not included).
Low Power
If Roboquad is not responding well to controller commands or the LEDs start to
dim, you may need to replace the controller batteries.
Battery installation
1.
2.
3.
4.
Before installing or changing batteries,
1.5V
1.5V
1.5V
LR14
LR14
LR14
be sure the power button located on
UM2
UM2
UM2
“C”
“C”
“C”
his back is in the OFF position.
Remove the battery compartment
cover using a Phillips cross head screwdriver (not included).
Insert batteries into Roboquad as shown in the diagram.
Replace the battery compartment cover and the screws.
1.5V
LR14
UM2
“C”
Low Power
When Roboquad’s batteries are low his animation lights will pulse in bursts of
three. When this pulsing is constant, all batteries need replacing. He will not
respond to commands while in this state.
Remove the battery compartment cover using a Phillips cross head
screwdriver (not included).
Insert batteries into the controller as shown in the diagram.
Replace the battery compartment cover and the screw.
Attention: Important Battery Information
• Use only fresh batteries of the required size and recommended type
• Do not mix old and new batteries, different types of batteries [standard (Carbon-Zinc),
Alkaline or rechargeable] or rechargeable batteries of different capacities
• Remove rechargeable batteries from the toy before recharging them
• Rechargeable batteries are only to be charged under adult supervision
• Please respect the correct battery and contact polarity, (+) and (-)
• Do not try to recharge non-rechargeable batteries
• Do not throw batteries into fire
• Replace all batteries of the same type/brand at the same time
• The supply terminals are not to be short-circuited
• Remove exhausted batteries from the toy
• Batteries should be replaced by adults
• Remove batteries if the toy is not going to be played with for some time
Roboquad Overview
Headlights
On/Off button
ON/OFF Switch
located on Roboquad’s
back, behind his head.
Light sensor
IR receiver
OFF
ON
IR transmitter
Articulated neck
Blinking eyes
Microphone
Animation lights (x4)
Controller Overview
Activity LED
Aggression LED
Activity button
Awareness LED
Aggression button
Program button
Awareness button
Autonomy button
Rotate clockwise button
Demo mode button
Stop button
Shift light indicator
Program play button
Rotate counter-clockwise button
Shift button
Directional pad
Roboquad Infrared Receiving range
Roboquad’s maximum remote control distance from the front is about 15 feet (4.6 meters).
Remote Controller Function Chart
The Remote Controller has 4 layers (see p.9 for further details).
Level 1. Unshifted
Level 2. Shift-Green
Level 3. Shift-Orange
Level 4. Shift-Red
Activity button
Aggression button
Awareness button
Autonomy button
Program button
Program button
Activity toggle
Aggression toggle
Awareness toggle
Autonomy On/Off
Program
Program play
Smart-scan
Roar
Scan left for nearest object
Guard mode
Program back
Sound & vision sensors On/Off
Twitch BodyCon
Attack
Scan right for nearest object
Approach nearest object
Program erase
Dizzy BodyCon
High stance
Aggressive stance
Aware stance
Escape walk
Volume down
Volume up
Demo button
Rotate clockwise
button
Rotate counterclockwise button
Forward
Backward
Right
Dance demo
Rotate clockwise*
Rotate counter-clockwise*
Walk forward*
Walk backward
Right crab walk*
Movement demo
Clockwise 4 steps
Counter-clockwise 4 steps
Forward 4 steps
Backward 4 steps
Right crab 4 steps
Leg check
Single shot
Burst
Stomp walk
Surprise BodyCon
Right legs IN
Wave
Head clockwise
Head counter-clockwise
Head up
Head down
Right legs OUT
Left
Stop button
Top right
Top left
Bottom right
Bottom left
Left crab walk*
Stop (double tap for full reset)
Top right shuffle
Top left shuffle
Bottom right shuffle
Bottom left shuffle
Left crab 4 steps
Leg reset
Right strafe
Left strafe
Right turn roll
Left turn roll
Left legs IN
Full reset
Right forward leg IN
Left forward leg IN
Right backward leg IN
Left backward leg IN
Left legs OUT
Sleep mode toggle
Right forward leg OUT
Left forward leg OUT
Right backward leg OUT
Left backward leg OUT
*2 speeds, press again to change speed.
Buttons Overview
Activity LED
Activity button
Aggression LED
Aggression button
Awareness LED
Awareness button
1. Shift
Shift levels
The tricolor LED shift light indicates the shift layer in use. There are 4 levels:
Level 1
Unshifted
Level 2
Shift-Green
Level 3
Shift-Orange
Level 4
Shift-Red
The shift light stays on for around 20 seconds after the last button press,
unless the shift is pressed again or pressed until the LED goes back to blank.
2. Personality settings - Activity, Aggression, Awareness
Shift button
Activity button
Aggression button
Awareness button
Unshifted
Shift-Green
Shift-Orange
Shift-Red
Activity toggle
Aggression toggle Awareness toggle
Smart-scan
Roar
Scan left for nearest object
Twitch BodyCon
Attack
Scan right for nearest object
High stance
Aggressive stance
Aware stance
Shift light indicator
Buttons Overview
Program button
Program play button
Autonomy button
3. Program button and Program play button
Unshifted
Shift-Green
Shift-Orange
Shift-Red
Program button
Program play button
Program
Program play
Program back
Sound & vision sensors On/Off
Program erase
Dizzy BodyCon
Volume down
Volume up
4. Autonomy
Unshifted
Shift-Green
Shift -Orange
Shift-Red
Autonomy button
Autonomy On/Off
Guard mode
Approach nearest object
Escape walk
5. Demo button
Demo button
Shift button
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Unshifted
Shift-Green
Shift-Orange
Shift-Red
Demo button
Dance demo
Movement demo Leg check
Wave
Buttons Overview
Rotate clockwise button
Rotate counter-clockwise button
6. Rotation buttons
Rotate clockwise button
Unshifted
Rotate clockwise*
Shift-Green
Clockwise 4 steps
Shift-Orange Single shot
Shift-Red
Head clockwise
*2 speeds, press again to change speed.
Rotate counter-clockwise button
Rotate counter-clockwise*
Counter-clockwise 4 steps
Burst
Head counter-clockwise
7. Stop button
Unshifted
Shift-Green
Shift-Orange
Shift-Red
Stop button
Stop (double tap for full reset)
Leg reset
Full reset
Sleep mode toggle
Shift button
Stop button
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Buttons Overview
Shift button
Forward
Top right
Top Left
Right
Left
Bottom right
Bottom left
Backward
8. Directional pad
Forward
Backward
Right
Unshifted
Walk forward*
Walk backward
Right crab walk*
Shift-Green Forward 4 steps Backward 4 steps Right crab 4 steps
Shift-Orange Stomp walk
Surprise BodyCon Right legs IN
Shift-Red
Head up
Head down
Right legs OUT
*2 speeds, press again to change speed.
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Left
Top right
Top left
Bottom right
Left crab walk*
Top right shuffle
Top left shuffle
Bottom right shuffle
Bottom left
Bottom left shuffle
Left crab 4 steps
Right strafe
Left strafe
Right turn roll
Left turn roll
Left legs IN
Right forward leg IN
Left forward leg IN
Right backward leg IN
Left backward leg IN
Left legs OUT
Right forward leg OUT Left forward leg OUT
Right backward leg OUT
Left backward leg OUT
Roboquad Basics
Terminology
Sleep mode toggle
Power on / off
Power down
The term ‘BodyCon’ is used throughout this manual. A BodyCon describes a
motion associated with a specific sound.
Roboquad’s power button is located on his back. Slide the button to turn him
on or off.
You can manually put Roboquad into sleep mode by pressing the Sleep mode
button combination. Press once to make Roboquad enter sleep mode. Press the
stop button at any shift layer to wake up Roboquad (none of his user
programming will be affected).
Roboquad will automatically power down and forget all user programming
after around 24 hours in sleep mode.
Stop and reset
OFF
ON
Stop button
Unshifted
Shift-Green
Shift-Orange
Stop (double tap for full reset)
Leg reset
Full reset
Stop
Sleep and power down
Stop button
Shift-Red Sleep mode toggle
Sleep mode
If your Roboquad does not receive a signal from the remote controller for
around 5 minutes, he will go into sleep mode.
Press to stop Roboquad from performing his current action.
Press again within around 6 seconds to perform a full reset to his default
position.
Resets
Leg reset
Roboquad will reset his legs to the default (start-up) position.
Full reset
Roboquad will reset his legs and head to the default (start-up) positions.
This can also be done by double tapping the stop button.
Twitch
With a high Activity setting Roboquad will twitch after a reset.
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Movement
Forward
Backward
Right
Left
Top right
Top left
Bottom right
Bottom left
Unshifted Walk forward* Walk backward
Right crab walk*
Left crab walk*
Top right shuffle
Top left shuffle
Bottom right shuffle
Bottom left shuffle
Shift-Green Forward 4 steps Backward 4 steps Right crab 4 steps Left crab 4 steps Right strafe
Left strafe
Right turn roll
Left turn roll
Shift-Orange Stomp walk
Surprise BodyCon Right legs IN
Left legs IN
Right forward leg IN
Left forward leg IN
Right backward leg IN
Left backward leg IN
Shift-Red
Head up
Head down
Right legs OUT
Left legs OUT
Right forward leg OUT Left forward leg OUT Right backward leg OUT Left backward leg OUT
*2 speeds, press again to change speed.
Clockwise button
Counter-clockwise button
Unshifted Rotate clockwise*
Rotate counter-clockwise*
Shift-Green Clockwise 4 steps
Counter-clockwise 4 steps
Shift-Red
Head left
Head right
*2 speeds, press again to change speed.
Independent leg movement
Walking
Head movement
You can make Roboquad walk in a variety of ways by pressing the directional
pad in 4 directions (forward, backward, left and right) when unshifted or in
shift-green.
Speed change
While Roboquad is moving forward, right, left, rotating right or rotating left
press the same button again to change to his next speed. Each press will toggle
between Roboquad’s two walking speeds.
Note: At the end of the walk, Roboquad will perform a full reset.
Move Roboquad’s legs in pairs (both left or both right) or independently using
the directional pad.
CAUTION: When turning all legs under Roboquad’s body, there may be a
slight chance that Roboquad will get unbalanced.
In shift-red, forward and backward will move Roboquad’s head up or down, and
the rotate clockwise/counter-clockwise buttons will turn his head left or right.
Rotation walking
Pressing one of the rotate buttons when unshifted will rotate Roboquad
clockwise or counter-clockwise. By pressing the same direction button again,
you can toggle between Roboquad’s two turning speeds.
Note: At the end of the rotation, Roboquad will perform a full reset.
The same buttons in shift-green will rotate Roboquad for only four steps.
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Personality settings - Activity, Aggression, Awareness
State buttons
Activity button
Aggression button Awareness button
Unshifted
Activity toggle
Aggression toggle Awareness toggle
Introduction
Roboquad’s autonomous behavior is determined by his personality setting. His
reactions will vary depending on the three settings (Activity, Aggression and
Awareness) which you can change using the remote controller.
LEDs
Each personality setting has its own tricolor LED. You can press any State
button to enable the state lights, but this will only toggle through the
personality button states. The tricolor LEDs show the current state of the
personality settings. The setting colors are:
• Green = Low
• Orange = Medium
• Red = High
The personality settings will reset to their default settings when the remote
controller powers down or the batteries are replaced. The default setting for all
personalities is Low.
Roboquad changes his personality when the personality buttons are pressed on
the remote controller. If Roboquad does not receive the signal, his personality
will not be altered but the controller will think it has. If this occurs, Roboquad
will update his on-board personality with the controller the next time a
personality button is pressed and he receives the signal.
Activity
This button will toggle through Roboquad’s activity personality settings.
This mainly affects his autonomous mode.
With a high Activity level Roboquad will spend more time exploring in
autonomous mode.
Lower levels will make him more docile in autonomous mode.
Aggression
This button will toggle through Roboquad’s aggression personality settings.
This affects how he reacts to sensor inputs.
With a high Aggression level Roboquad has more aggressive responses.
At lower levels he is more nervous.
Awareness
This button will toggle through Roboquad’s awareness personality settings.
This affects the range of his scanner and how much he uses it in autonomous
mode.
With a high Awareness level Roboquad will use longer scanning distances for his
obstacle avoidance, guard mode and smart-scan. He will also spend more time
scanning in autonomous mode.
At lower levels his scanning range is reduced.
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Sensors / Autonomy
Sensors
Autonomy
Note: For more on Roboquad’s vision system, see Scanning on p.18
Unshifted
Program play button
Shift-Green Sound & vision sensors On/Off simultaneously
This button will toggle Roboquad’s sound and vision sensors simultaneously
on or off. Sensors cannot be turned off independently, even when Roboquad
switches his sensors off due to too many sound or vision distractions.
Light sensor
Roboquad will react to changes in ambient light. His reactions depend on his
personality settings.
Light changes always act as an interrupt for anything Roboquad is doing, with
the exception of:
• program mode
• program playback
• guard mode
Sound sensor
Roboquad will react to sharp sounds when his sound sensor is turned on and he
is not moving. Roboquad’s sound sensor is on during:
• autonomous mode during rest periods
• guard mode (when he is not moving)
• normal mode (when he is not moving)
When Roboquad detects a sound he will perform a listening BodyCon. He will
then scan for the nearest item (see Scanning, p.18) and if an object is
detected, Roboquad’s personality settings determine his reactions.
Continually triggering Roboquad’s sound sensors 5 times in a row will turn the
sound and vision sensors off.
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Autonomy button
Autonomy On/Off
Autonomy
The autonomy button toggles Roboquad’s autonomous mode on or off.
In autonomous mode, Roboquad will wander through his environment,
scanning and avoiding obstacles.
Obstacle avoidance
If his awareness and activity are high, Roboquad will perform his escape walk
when blocked by an obstacle, then start roaming again. If he is continually
blocked three times, he will perform a frustrated sound.
Exiting autonomy
Pressing any button except for Activity, Awareness and Aggression will exit
Roboquad from autonomous mode.
Guard mode / Demos
Guard mode
Autonomy button
Shift-Green Guard mode
Entering guard mode
Pressing the autonomy button in shift-green will put Roboquad into guard
mode. He will move into his aware stance to look and listen for any
disturbances.
When Roboquad is put into guard mode, he will give you a short time to leave
the area (around 7 seconds) before he fully enters guard mode. He will do this
by counting down and performing an entry alert sound.
Guard mode scanning
The awareness level determines the scanning routine used in guard mode:
• Awareness Low:
- Scanner uses short distance.
- Head stays stationary
• Awareness Medium:
- Scanner uses medium distance.
- Head scans back and forth periodically.
• Awareness High:
- Scanner uses maximum distance.
- Head scans back and forth periodically.
- Roboquad will occasionally turn to face a different direction.
The sonic sensor is turned on in guard mode whenever Roboquad is not
moving.
Reactions
Roboquad will react to any sound or the presence of any object within his
scanning range. If there is a program in Roboquad’s memory then he will
perform the program when disturbed.
If no program is in Roboquad’s memory, then he uses the default reactions of
the aggression level he is in.
If the Aggression or Awareness level is changed while Roboquad is in guard
mode then the scanning routine or default reactions are updated without
exiting guard mode.
Exiting guard mode
Roboquad can exit from guard mode in four ways:
1. Pressing the stop button during guard mode will end guard mode.
2. Roboquad will exit guard mode if he is disturbed 10 consecutive times.
3. Guard mode will time out after 20 minutes and Roboquad will go into sleep mode.
4. When inputting demo in program mode, there is a slight
chance that Roboquad will exit guard mode after playing the demo.
Demos
Demo button
Unshifted Dance demo
Shift-Green Movement demo
Dance demo
Roboquad will perform his dance demo.
Movement demo
Roboquad will perform a series of movement demonstrations.
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Volume / Scanning
Volume
Program button
Shift-Red Volume down
Program play button
Volume up
Roboquad’s volume can be adjusted using the program buttons in shift-red. There
are 4 volume level settings: mute, low, medium and high.
When he is powered on, Roboquad’s default volume setting is high.
Scanning
Activity button Awareness button
Autonomy button
Shift-Green Smart-scan
Scan left for nearest object
Shift-Orange
Scan right for nearest object Approach nearest object
Shift-Red
Escape walk
Introduction
Roboquad’s ‘deep IR scanner’ vision system enables him to see across 6
different scanning ranges, from right in front of his face to about several feet (1
meter approx.) away. Roboquad has several different sequences he performs that
help him to assess distances, obstacles and threats. This section will cover how
Roboquad uses these scanning sequences.
Note: Scanning times are not as long as normal when Roboquad is in
Program mode.
Smart-scan
Roboquad will enter his active/high stance and perform a first pass scan. He will
make more scan passes and if anything within his vision changes from the first
pass scan (ie. appears or disappears), he will react according to his Aggression and
Activity levels.
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Since this is a personality-based scan (he often uses it in Autonomy Mode), he will
sometimes choose to react to objects that do not appear or disappear, especially
when the Awareness is set high.
Scan (left/right) for nearest object
Using this scan, Roboquad will look for the nearest object and turn to face it. He
will start scanning from side to side using his medium range scan, with his head
starting centrally. When he sees something, he will acknowledge it with a nod of
his head and if he needs to, turn to face it. If the object is in front of him, he will
remain stationary.
Approach nearest object
Roboquad will scan his surroundings, moving his head back and forth to find the
nearest object. He will make a few scanning passes, scanning at an increased
range with each pass. If he finds something he will turn and move towards it,
stopping when he reaches it.
Escape walk
Roboquad scans all around him to find the easiest escape route. The sound you
hear is feedback from the IR reflecting off anything he sees. He will choose the
largest space and move towards it. If he sees no gaps he will turn and repeat the
scan behind him.
When his Awareness is medium or high, he will often use this scan to find an exit
when he encounters obstacles.
Flinch
Roboquad will flinch if an object approaches his face very quickly. He can be
flinched in normal mode and when moving forward. If Roboquad is flinched, he
will perform a flinch reaction. After each flinch he will reset and start again. After
3 flinches in a row Roboquad will turn his sound and vision sensors off.
Programming / Support
Programming
Unshifted
Shift-Green
Shift-Orange
The following functions cannot be included in a program:
Program button
Program play button
Program
Program play
Program back*
Program erase
* Deletes the last command from the program
Program
Entering program mode
To enter program mode, press the program button. Roboquad is ready to
remember your command inputs.
Programming Roboquad
Roboquad can be programmed up to 40 commands. For each command you
enter, Roboquad will perform the move and confirm it with an “affirmative”
sound. Roboquad will add each new command you enter to the end of the
programming sequence. To delete the last command, press the program button
in shift-green.
Clearing a program
The entire program can be cleared by pressing the program button in
shift-orange.
The following functions will alter from their original function when included
in a program:
• Stop will become a pause when entered into a program
• Walks will reduce to 8 steps in program mode
• Scan functions will perform fewer scan passes
• Autonomy
• Guard mode
• Smart-scan
• Volume control
• Sleep mode
• Sensors on/off
• Personality state level buttons
(the levels on the remote controller will not alter when in program mode)
• any of the programming functions
Playing the program
The user can play back a program at any time by pressing program play. If a
program is not present, Roboquad will sound a “negative” to the request.
Exiting program mode
Pressing the program play button will exit Roboquad from program mode,
playing a program if one is stored.
Roboquad will exit program mode automatically approximately 20 seconds
after the last program command is given. If no command has been entered,
Roboquad will exit into normal mode. If a command has been entered,
Roboquad will perform the routine.
Note: The program memory is cleared when Roboquad powers down after
approximately 24 hours in sleep mode or when turned off.
Support
If you have questions about Roboquad that are not answered here, refer to the
official Roboquad website for more information and frequently asked
questions: www.roboquadonline.com
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Notes
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CAUTION
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority
to operate the equipment.
NOTE
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the
FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.
This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the
instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular Installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user
is encouraged to try and correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
- Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
- Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver
- Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected
- Consult the dealer or experienced radio/TV technician for help
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