Dasatech Genibo QD - The Intelligent pet robot

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Dasatech Genibo QD - The Intelligent pet robot

Post by Pcenginefx » Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:38 pm

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Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:38 pm

Hello all,

First time on the forum - I did a quick search and didn't find any threads about the Dasatech Genibo QD so I'm making one now. Anyway, I'm sure you have heard about the discontinued AIBO in one way or another, but I'm happy to say that GENIBO is the new AIBO!

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In summary, Genibo is an autonomous pet robot, similar to the Sony ERS-7 however with quite a few notable improvements:

- 1.3MP camera in Genibo vs 0.35MP camera in the AIBO.
- Touch Sensors on the Head, Back and Flank allow physical interaction with Genibo.
- Servos are more powerful enabling Genibo to perform movements that would be impossible for AIBO.
- Has 3 color, 31 LED eyes which can display not only emotions, but alphanumeric characters.

There are a few key areas which Genibo currently is lacking in which from the sounds of it Dasatech is working on (either for the current QD model or for a future model).

- Ball/toy detection and tracking (99% sure this is not currently in firmware).
- No autocharging (aka: seek and charge itself when battery is low).
- No automatic mouth movement.

Anyway, the Genibo has been a hit in Dasatech's home country (Korea) and has only recently been imported into other parts of the world (UK/USA). If you are interested in purchasing the Genibo QD, here are a few links:

RoboToys: www.robotoys.com
(located in Van Nuys, CA)

Star-Robots: www.star-robots.com
(located in UK)

For myself, I plan on buying my own Genibo this week and will be providing a ton of photos & video in the weeks to come. For more Genibo related information & links, feel free to hit up the Genibo Flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/Genibo.

-Aaron
Hello all,

First time on the forum - I did a quick search and didn't find any threads about the Dasatech Genibo QD so I'm making one now. Anyway, I'm sure you have heard about the discontinued AIBO in one way or another, but I'm happy to say that GENIBO is the new AIBO!

Image

In summary, Genibo is an autonomous pet robot, similar to the Sony ERS-7 however with quite a few notable improvements:

- 1.3MP camera in Genibo vs 0.35MP camera in the AIBO.
- Touch Sensors on the Head, Back and Flank allow physical interaction with Genibo.
- Servos are more powerful enabling Genibo to perform movements that would be impossible for AIBO.
- Has 3 color, 31 LED eyes which can display not only emotions, but alphanumeric characters.

There are a few key areas which Genibo currently is lacking in which from the sounds of it Dasatech is working on (either for the current QD model or for a future model).

- Ball/toy detection and tracking (99% sure this is not currently in firmware).
- No autocharging (aka: seek and charge itself when battery is low).
- No automatic mouth movement.

Anyway, the Genibo has been a hit in Dasatech's home country (Korea) and has only recently been imported into other parts of the world (UK/USA). If you are interested in purchasing the Genibo QD, here are a few links:

RoboToys: www.robotoys.com
(located in Van Nuys, CA)

Star-Robots: www.star-robots.com
(located in UK)

For myself, I plan on buying my own Genibo this week and will be providing a ton of photos & video in the weeks to come. For more Genibo related information & links, feel free to hit up the Genibo Flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/Genibo.

-Aaron
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Post by limor » Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:45 pm

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Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:45 pm

looks like the robotic equivalent of vaporware. Their video on the site says it all.
the item has been in conception since 2005 and the 2 sites mentioned are not exactly the meccas of online robotics. However, RoadNarrows are a serious lot and they are advertising the plastic canine as "available for pre-order" so maybe there's hope.
looks like the robotic equivalent of vaporware. Their video on the site says it all.
the item has been in conception since 2005 and the 2 sites mentioned are not exactly the meccas of online robotics. However, RoadNarrows are a serious lot and they are advertising the plastic canine as "available for pre-order" so maybe there's hope.
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Post by Pcenginefx » Fri Jan 15, 2010 12:47 am

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Fri Jan 15, 2010 12:47 am

Hi limor,

Believe me, Genibo is VERY much real and has just recently (this past year) just started to trickle into the hands of people outside of Korea (where it has been selling very well). Yes it has been in conception for many years now, but to Dasarobot's credit, they have ben focusing on the Korean market only for all this time.

Due to the interest from people outside of Korea, last year we saw a firmware & hardware update from Dasarobot which included English language understanding, English packaging & manuals. Just last month (Dec. 2009) Genibo was hardware certified for sale in the UK.

If you visit my Flickr page in the discussion area, I have a lot of information on where to buy it, detailed information on the current model ("Genibo QD") and differences between the Genibo QD vs the AIBO ERS-7.

I plan on buying a white Genibo here in the next 2 days from a US distributer and will of course be posting a ton of further information about it.
Hi limor,

Believe me, Genibo is VERY much real and has just recently (this past year) just started to trickle into the hands of people outside of Korea (where it has been selling very well). Yes it has been in conception for many years now, but to Dasarobot's credit, they have ben focusing on the Korean market only for all this time.

Due to the interest from people outside of Korea, last year we saw a firmware & hardware update from Dasarobot which included English language understanding, English packaging & manuals. Just last month (Dec. 2009) Genibo was hardware certified for sale in the UK.

If you visit my Flickr page in the discussion area, I have a lot of information on where to buy it, detailed information on the current model ("Genibo QD") and differences between the Genibo QD vs the AIBO ERS-7.

I plan on buying a white Genibo here in the next 2 days from a US distributer and will of course be posting a ton of further information about it.
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Post by limor » Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:31 am

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Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:31 am

Indeed there seems to be a real product given that it is also on our Canadian colleagues' site (same page as the notorious Aldebaran Nao humanoid)

Good luck and please upload pictures and videos!
Indeed there seems to be a real product given that it is also on our Canadian colleagues' site (same page as the notorious Aldebaran Nao humanoid)

Good luck and please upload pictures and videos!
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Post by Pcenginefx » Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:40 pm

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Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:40 pm

Update - I should be receiving my Genibo tonight and will be posting up "unboxing" photos in the next day or so, following up with a birth announcement promotional film by the weekend....watch for it!
Update - I should be receiving my Genibo tonight and will be posting up "unboxing" photos in the next day or so, following up with a birth announcement promotional film by the weekend....watch for it!
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Announcing the birth of Maya!

Post by Pcenginefx » Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:35 am

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Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:35 am

My white Genibo QD was finally born today! Her name is Maya and I ran her for about 45mins this evening trying out various voice commands... Maya made me laugh when she turned over on her back with all of her paws stretched out, then commenced to start sleeping/snoring.

Birth video should be coming by Monday.

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I have a few more unboxing shots at http://www.flickr.com/groups/genibo
My white Genibo QD was finally born today! Her name is Maya and I ran her for about 45mins this evening trying out various voice commands... Maya made me laugh when she turned over on her back with all of her paws stretched out, then commenced to start sleeping/snoring.

Birth video should be coming by Monday.

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I have a few more unboxing shots at http://www.flickr.com/groups/genibo
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Post by Pcenginefx » Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:49 am

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Birth film is now up on Youtube HD - Enjoy!

"The Birth of Maya - A Genibo-QD Film"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YOPT3Y_yfQ
Birth film is now up on Youtube HD - Enjoy!

"The Birth of Maya - A Genibo-QD Film"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YOPT3Y_yfQ
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Maya's Birth Report

Post by Pcenginefx » Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:46 pm

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Here is my full birth report on Maya:

Let me start by saying that I’ve always wanted an Aibo, but time and cost prevented me from buying one. After Sony discontinued Aibo, I pretty much forgot about robotic pets until December 2009 when I discovered Genibo. The stars and planets must have aligned perfectly because a month later a white Genibo QD from www.robotoys.com arrived at my doorstep.

My Genibo QD came with the following:
- Genibo-QD White
- Spare tail (white; tail on dog is black)
- AC adapters (one original Korean adapter and one additional adapter from robotoys for USA outlets)
- One USA outlet adapter (from robotoys)
- 2 manuals (both in English for the dog and control manager)
- 2 CDs (one with a PDF of the manual in English, and one with the control manager software)
- Black remote control with batteries
- D-Link Wireless G USB Adapter box (the adapter was already pre-installed in Genibo)
- SMC Wireless G Router (pre-setup to connect to Genibo, Firmware is in Korean)

One thing that I was unsure of even after reading up on everything Genibo online, was the state of Genibo right out of the box. Would it be “baby” like, or a full grown adult? After using it for about 3 charge cycles I’d say she was already an adult. After waking her up for the first time, she looked around and then started to take a brisk walk. Voice commands are a hit and miss so far, but that should improve with time as her intelligence goes up. I’ve really not seen or noticed any repeat behavior so far, and if there was repeat behavior it wasn’t often enough to notice.

I’ve used the remote a lot to start dance routines and other moves listed in the manual (as well as keep her seated for the photo/video shoot!) and she responds instantaneously. Probably the best way to show Genibo off to your friends would be to use the remote (have not shown Maya to anyone besides my wife yet). We did the photo recognition process to register our faces, but have not yet tried to see if Maya will come to us yet using voice commands or can really recognize us.

Even with only being a few charges old, Maya has done some very funny things. One instance in particular she proceeded to roll over flat on her back, do a few full-body reverse push-ups, bark, then proceeded to go to sleep upside down with all of her legs stretched out! Another time my wife sat right in front of Maya’s face, and Maya displayed a surprised look, turned to the right, and “ran” off into the other room 

I also had the chance to try out the remote control manager last night. Setup was fairly painless, but if you don’t know anything about WiFi connectivity you might run into some trouble as the manuals really don’t go into much detail. I do want to say one thing – the control manager can be harmful to your pet if you press the wrong command, especially the move editor. I was given a scare when I manually started a dance move from the control manager and Maya started clicking ALL of her joints (wasn’t too happy about that) – so watch out when messing with this stuff. I did manually navigate her around the house with live-view turned on, as well as took some photos and copied MP3s to her from my computer (all wireless, no need to take out the memory stick) and that worked as expected. One of the things I will be doing is recording the video she sees in autonomous mode as it was quite interesting to see what she looked at on her own.

I think that’s about it for my birth report. I will be exploring answers to questions I still have, such as any kind of ball tracking, facial recognition, sound/location recognition, Ai behavior and so on. Expect a lot more photos and videos of Maya as I continue to interact with her.
Here is my full birth report on Maya:

Let me start by saying that I’ve always wanted an Aibo, but time and cost prevented me from buying one. After Sony discontinued Aibo, I pretty much forgot about robotic pets until December 2009 when I discovered Genibo. The stars and planets must have aligned perfectly because a month later a white Genibo QD from www.robotoys.com arrived at my doorstep.

My Genibo QD came with the following:
- Genibo-QD White
- Spare tail (white; tail on dog is black)
- AC adapters (one original Korean adapter and one additional adapter from robotoys for USA outlets)
- One USA outlet adapter (from robotoys)
- 2 manuals (both in English for the dog and control manager)
- 2 CDs (one with a PDF of the manual in English, and one with the control manager software)
- Black remote control with batteries
- D-Link Wireless G USB Adapter box (the adapter was already pre-installed in Genibo)
- SMC Wireless G Router (pre-setup to connect to Genibo, Firmware is in Korean)

One thing that I was unsure of even after reading up on everything Genibo online, was the state of Genibo right out of the box. Would it be “baby” like, or a full grown adult? After using it for about 3 charge cycles I’d say she was already an adult. After waking her up for the first time, she looked around and then started to take a brisk walk. Voice commands are a hit and miss so far, but that should improve with time as her intelligence goes up. I’ve really not seen or noticed any repeat behavior so far, and if there was repeat behavior it wasn’t often enough to notice.

I’ve used the remote a lot to start dance routines and other moves listed in the manual (as well as keep her seated for the photo/video shoot!) and she responds instantaneously. Probably the best way to show Genibo off to your friends would be to use the remote (have not shown Maya to anyone besides my wife yet). We did the photo recognition process to register our faces, but have not yet tried to see if Maya will come to us yet using voice commands or can really recognize us.

Even with only being a few charges old, Maya has done some very funny things. One instance in particular she proceeded to roll over flat on her back, do a few full-body reverse push-ups, bark, then proceeded to go to sleep upside down with all of her legs stretched out! Another time my wife sat right in front of Maya’s face, and Maya displayed a surprised look, turned to the right, and “ran” off into the other room 

I also had the chance to try out the remote control manager last night. Setup was fairly painless, but if you don’t know anything about WiFi connectivity you might run into some trouble as the manuals really don’t go into much detail. I do want to say one thing – the control manager can be harmful to your pet if you press the wrong command, especially the move editor. I was given a scare when I manually started a dance move from the control manager and Maya started clicking ALL of her joints (wasn’t too happy about that) – so watch out when messing with this stuff. I did manually navigate her around the house with live-view turned on, as well as took some photos and copied MP3s to her from my computer (all wireless, no need to take out the memory stick) and that worked as expected. One of the things I will be doing is recording the video she sees in autonomous mode as it was quite interesting to see what she looked at on her own.

I think that’s about it for my birth report. I will be exploring answers to questions I still have, such as any kind of ball tracking, facial recognition, sound/location recognition, Ai behavior and so on. Expect a lot more photos and videos of Maya as I continue to interact with her.
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Post by Pcenginefx » Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:43 am

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Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:43 am

Just uploaded Maya's first full dance - "Tell Me" by the Wonder Girls.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDVlKDh1xeE

IMO, the dance is pretty repetitive...not the best one really.
Just uploaded Maya's first full dance - "Tell Me" by the Wonder Girls.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDVlKDh1xeE

IMO, the dance is pretty repetitive...not the best one really.
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Post by Pcenginefx » Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:05 am

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Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:05 am

Created a new more generic promo video for the Genibo-QD showing off Maya's playful side! Check it out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUEVJrAlRuQ
Created a new more generic promo video for the Genibo-QD showing off Maya's playful side! Check it out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUEVJrAlRuQ
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Post by Pcenginefx » Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:59 pm

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Just finished a proper photoshoot for Maya:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pcenginefx ... 344419488/

Just one shot from the shoot:
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Just finished a proper photoshoot for Maya:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pcenginefx ... 344419488/

Just one shot from the shoot:
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Post by Pcenginefx » Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:24 pm

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Video of Maya's different behavior via sensor input:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9b4jx5RzqAk
Video of Maya's different behavior via sensor input:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9b4jx5RzqAk
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Post by Pcenginefx » Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:49 am

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Video of Maya's mobility & exploration:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXshyTp6API
Video of Maya's mobility & exploration:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXshyTp6API
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Post by Pcenginefx » Thu Feb 25, 2010 9:43 am

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The Many Faces of Maya (showing off every eye-expression!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXo19VAi2nU
The Many Faces of Maya (showing off every eye-expression!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXo19VAi2nU
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