Prime- 8 Games
Prime- 8 is capable of four games including
Dodgeball, Race Running, Target Shooting, and
Laser Tag. The user presses a button on the
remote control to pan through the different game
selections. At the Dodgeball selection, the robot
will make a sound like falling bowling pins.
By hitting Prime- 8 in his blue center chest
plate in this game mode, the user can make it fall
over. The robot will try to avoid being hit,
however, and if it is struck somewhere else, it will
In Race Running mode, the robot signifies the
user is in the correct mode with a sound like an
engine starting. When the user presses the
“shoot” button, the robot will count down and
then take off rolling on its arms. It can race
another Prime- 8 or the user. It moves about 0.8
meters per second.
In Target Shooting mode, the robot makes a
sound like a rocket firing. The user simply installs
the rocket launchers and rockets, and aims for the
target (target cut-outs come with the robot). The
user aims and shoots via remote control using the
up, down, left, right, and shoot commands.
In Laser Tag mode, two Prime-8s can chase
one another, target, and shoot lasers at each
other which are recognized via infrared. To select
a robot to control, one user must toggle to A and
the other to B on the remote control. Each direct
hit scores six points.
Moods and Animations
Prime- 8 has many moods and animations.
When it is in a good mood, it can be a little rude
but mostly it is compassionate. It will break dance,
run in circles, and whistle.
When it is in the Gone Bananas mood/mode,
it will pretend to swim on its back, lift virtual
weights, stand on its head and stretch, and fire
its lasers. To put the robot into Gone Bananas
mode, simply wake it with a clap once it has
The remote has 24 different controls to make
the robot move back and forth, left and right, and
go into turbo mode (fast!). One button is
dedicated to animation and will cause the robot to
enact one of 15 different sequences at random
with each press.
One button makes Prime- 8 autonomous, in
which case it will run around on its own and sniff
the furniture while avoiding objects or people. By
pressing the demo button, the user can take the
The Penbo penguin robot from Bossa Nova Robotics
is a friend for kids ages four to six.
Penbo’s baby pops out from her belly. The baby
becomes a remote control for optional RC use.
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