Robosapien V2 Tear Down & Anatomy Overview, Part 1

Hello, welcome to another episode of Circuit
Crush T.V.! Today I kind of want to do something a little
bit different, a little bit fun and I have a special guest with us here, this is a Robosapien
V2. Now you might wonder why I have this thing
taken apart or halfway taken apart. So, before we go into the anatomy of this
thing, a little background about it. I received this guy as a Christmas gift in
2006, and it was a lot of fun to play with. Very fun, very hackable, interesting toy but
it stopped working a little bit while later and when I investigated why it wasn’t working,
I noticed that the insulation on the internal wiring was very brittle and would crack right
off, which most likely caused a bunch of shorts and rendered the robot paralyzed. That is definitely a manufacturing defect
and I didn’t want to take the time to rewire the whole robot, so it just kind of sat around
for a while. Another thing you might notice, I don’t know
if you could tell from the picture, is the plastic here, this plastic has turned yellow. It used to be white, just like the face and
the fingers but the plastic turned yellow and it’s very brittle, it will break here,
I already broke some off by accident actually, when I was taking it apart, never used to
be that way, this is another defect, it’s just a cheap toy and I guess you get what
you paid for. But anyway, that’s why I started taking this
thing apart, I wanted to see how it worked and I wanted to see if there were any useful
parts inside of this that I could salvage. So, I started taking it apart and here we
have the leg, we have the bumper switches here, they’re here and they’re also on the
back, there is a motor in the back and then this little connection board and then the
mechanical stuff. One of the first things that surprised me
about this Robosapien — and I should put a picture of this here so you can see what
it looked like originally, for those of you who don’t remember, so here it is, here’s
what the original Robosapien V2 looked like — but anyway now that we’re done with that,
I was surprised that there really was nothing in the robot’s upper arm, and in fact the
fingers, when they contract and release are controlled by this motor here but also, this
actuator in chest has steel cables that run outside the robots arm and control the fingers
— this motor actually controls the turning of the wrist — I’m sorry. And then here there’s a bumper switch too
on the things hand if it would smack something with the back of its hand. But I was really surprised to find that the
robot’s hands and fingers were mainly controlled by a system of springs, gears, motors in the
chest, really interesting. These robots also came with a camera, as we
can see up here in its head and here is the camera, and the board for the camera, we have
a microphone, in it’s ear, this one ear, actually I think there’s two microphones,
so it’s got two ears and then in the back we have a speaker, I don’t know if you guys
can see this but this is what made the sounds when a robot would talk or play music, whatever. Really, really fun, really interesting toy. You notice that in the back of the head there
was this piece of plastic similar to the one in the front, this is actually translucent,
light will pass through this and I imagined they did that, one in the front and one in
the back for the remote control. The remote control right here, presumably
works, it’s also turned from white to yellow but this is probably where the infrared signal
would enter, receiver and pick up. Now I haven’t taken the thing apart completely
yet but if I do so, maybe I’ll produce a second video like this if you guys like it. Here we have the on/off switch in the back,
and there’s more motors and more mechanical linkages to control the hips and the waist,
and then over here, behind this piece of plastic, I could presume is the main computer board. Let’s see if I can just — and see how brittle
that piece is it snaps right off. Well, looks like we got what looks like a
bunch of transistors and then there’s another board below this, which would have to probably
contain one or more microcontrollers but I want to take a closer look at this, I’m going
to take it apart, like I said, salvage any useful parts out of this guy and maybe use
them for other projects. So, meanwhile, go ahead, drop me a comment,
let me know how many of you actually owned a Robosapien V1 or V2, I think they also made
— WowWee the company that makes these — also made a dinosaur and I don’t know if it was
a dog or some other kind of creature but yeah, drop a comment, let us know if you owned one
of these robots and if you were able to do any kind of interesting hacks or anything
cool with it. Circuit Crush T.V. – Robosapien V2 Tear


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