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      The RB5X is a very versatile and educational teaching robot. The RB5X incorporates infrared sensing, ultrasound sonar, 8 sensors & bumpers, voice synthesizer, and an optional 5 axis armature that can lift a full pound. The RB5X can play interactive games with up to 8 people. Programs can be written and downloaded from any computer.

RB5X Robot Specifications

Dimensions 13" diameter x 23" high.
Weight 24 lbs
Construction Aluminum chassis, polycarbonate dome.
Wheels Two 4" rubber drives and two 2" castors.
Motor Speed Approximately 4" per second. 

      The RB5X Intelligent Robot is a sophisticated engineering effort whose microelectronics and machinery can be compared to the complex make-up of humans. Like a person, RB5X consists of a collection of subsystem "organs" that work together to make the robot function and become more than the sum of its parts, except that the comparatively crude organs consist of electronic and mechanical devices. Brain: RB5X brain is an on-board microprocessor, the INS8073 that works in conjunction with the robot's software to permit the RB5X to learn from its sensory experiences.

    Using this self learning software, the RB5X progresses from simple, random responses to eventual prediction of future events in its environment, based on analysis of past prediction of future events in its environment, based on analysis of past experience.

Today RB5X and its options and accessories are available from a growing network of dealers throughout North American and around the world. One consequence of the introduction of personal robots has been an unprecedented demand for information on the subject. Many would like to learn more about these marvelous machines before investing in one. In response, RB Robot Corporation is offering a compendium of information on personal robots that they call their Robot Appreciation Kit. This kit is designed to tell you more about home robots in general and the RB5X in particular, and to allow you to begin exploring the creative possibilities of adding a robot to you family. Personal robots have been in our imaginations for a long time.

Here are some more features of the RB5X Robot

  • Eyes: RB5X machine counterpart to eyes is a Polaroid Rangefinder sonar system that enables the robot to recognize and navigate around obstacles in its path.
  • Voice: RB5X can be equipped with an optional voice/sound synthesis system, permitting programmed speech, music, and a variety of sounds. Standard equipment includes a horn that can be programmed as an audio signal device.
  • Ears: For RB5X owners who communicate with their robots using an Apple II Plus Computer, there is a voice recognition option available that allows the robot to respond to your spoken commands.
  • Arm: An optional robotic arm/hand has five-way movement capability and is able to pick up, carry and release objects weighing 16 ounces or less. In its resting position, the arm stores completely inside RB5X's body.
  • Legs: RB5X's legs consist of two independently driven wheels and a castor support system that enables the robot to move freely about on relatively smooth surfaces and to turn on its own radius.
  • Touch: The RB5X relies on eight tactile sensors to signal contact with other objects. These bumpers can also be pressed to actuate specific programs that you feed into the robot.
  • Muscle: RB5X's energy system consists of high quality rechargeable batteries, a charger nest, and a special circuitry that permits the robot to sense when its batteries are low, to seek out its nest, and to recharge. A battery level indicator and battery protection circuit are standard. An optional Power Pack is also available, providing up to twice the operating time of RB5X's standard batteries.
  • Language: RB5X speaks Tiny BASIC that owners can communicate with the robot in simple English, using Robot Control Language with Savy, an optional software package.
Here is the charger assembly for replenishing the RB5X's batteries and the Arm accessory if it is installed on the robot. 

The RB5X is manufactured by RB Robotics
RB Robotics


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