The Official Robosapien Hacker's Guide

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9780071463096: The Official Robosapien Hacker's Guide

The Robosapien robot was one of the most popular hobbyist gifts of the 2004 holiday season, selling approximately 1.5 million units at major retail outlets. The brief manual accompanying the robot covered only basic movements and maneuvers -- the robot's real power and potential remain undiscovered by most owners -- until now! This is the official Robosapien guide -- endorsed by WowWee (the manufacturer) and Mark Tilden (the designer). This timely book covers all the possible design additions, programming possibilities, and "hacks" not found anyplace else.

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Includes bonus $10 coupon toward your next WowWee robotic purchase! (U.S. and Canada orders only)

"You've owned Robosapien for six months now and you're wondering three things: what's inside, how can I hack it, and can I get college credit for this thing?" -- Mark W. Tilden


The Official Robosapien Hacker's Guide is a true insider's sourcebook of over one dozen fun, inexpensive, and high-performance hacks that you can perform on the world’s best-selling robot of all time. This manual is fully endorsed by WowWee Ltd., Robosapien's manufacturer, and features an introduction by Mark W. Tilden, Robosapien's designer! You'll learn how to make Robosapien do things you never thought possible.

So if you're ready to make the award-winning Robosapien more appealing, capable, and compelling than it already is, tighten your chin strap and take a look inside. This book gives you --

  • Complete, step-by-step illustrated guidance on hacking the "brains" out of Robosapien
  • An inside-out "Crack 'n Hack" guide to Robosapien's anatomy
  • Full directions on controlling your robot with a Mac or PC
  • How to's for converting Robosapien from remote infrared (IR) to remote radio control (RC)
  • A candid interview with Mark Tilden, robot designer extraordinare
  • Enough handholding to make you think that we ought to be dating
  • Instructions on remote programming and wireless surveillance from anywhere within your house
  • One of the most complete Robosapien reference guides on Earth
  • Some fashion sense on how to make a designer's statement with a new Robosapien wardrobe
  • A backstage pass to meet the next generation of robots -- a full preview of V2, RoboRaptor, and RoboPet!


About the Author:

Dave Prochnow is a frequent contributor to MacAddict, MAKE, Nuts and Volts, and SERVO Magazine, as well as the award-winning author of 25 nonfiction books including the best-selling Experiments with EPROMs. Dave also won the 2001 Maggie Award for the best how-to article in a consumer magazine. In collaboration with Mark Tilden, Dave has assembled the enormous selection of robot tips, programs, and hacks that are contained in The Official Robosapien Hacker's Guide. You can learn more about this book and other robotics/electronics projects at Dave's website,

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