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Robot and Accessories - Androbot, Topo, circa 1984 Object Reg. No: ST 040000

Summary:
Topo robot, with manuals, software and Apple IIe computer, in original packing. Made by Androbot Inc. in USA, circa 1984. Robot is a mobile unit, with infra-red communication to computer, inbuilt speech synthesizer, and internal motors allowing up to 3 hours' movement. A battery charger is included. Used by donor's company for trade fairs and general publicity purposes.

To operate the robot, 16 hours of recharging the battery is required. It would require an experienced person about a day's work on the Apple computer to enable the robot to talk. The battery may start leaking. Removal of the battery requires dismantling of the object. This would have to be done by a person experienced in mechanical disassembly.
Description:
Predominantly cream-coloured plastic robot with a basically anthropomorphic shape ie. head, shoulders, waist and legs. There are black plastic features including stick-on bands and grills at the 'face' and 'chest' areas. Two black disks at the 'leg' areas appear to contribute to the mobility of the piece when activated. There are transparent orange plastic inserts within the casings over these wheels which reveal small red/orange lights. A small control panel appears to be at the rear of the robot that has a protruding red and green button.

The accessories include:
a console, monitor transmission pod, command control box, two disk drives, light pen in plastic wallet with instruction leaflet, KoalaPad Touch Pad with touch pencil and diskette, and a base with Wheels

Manuals:
1. Owner's Manual - Apple Music II,
2. Topo Owner's Manual,
3. Installation & Operating Manual for Apple II Super Serial Card,
4. Owner's Manual - KoalaWare, Micro Illustrator
5. Owner's Manual - Koala Pad, TouchTablet
Software on 5¼? floppy disks:
6. DOS 3.3 Basics
7. Applesoft AM II software
8. Public domain software APDL - 1007 / Apple II
9. DOS 3.3 Developer's System Master for Apple II, II+, //e
10. Micro Illustrator
11. DOS Tool Kit Programming Utilities
12. Apple Writer 1.1 Text Processing System Backup
13. DOS 3.3 System Master
14. Apple-cillin II / Diagnostics for Apple II or II+ with manual entitled "Apple-Cillin II".
Other items:
1. spare integrated circuits and circuit board
2. three computer cables
3. rechargeable battery
4. two power adaptors and two mains cables.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Lindsay Crawford, 1993
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1000 mm (Height), 500 mm (Width), 500 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: computers, computing, robotics, robots, speech synthesizers, collection store
Themes this item is part of: Topo - a brief description, Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: robots
Manufacturer: Androbot Inc, San Jose, California, United States of America, circa 1984

Robot made by Androbot Inc, U.S.A.. Distributed in Australia by Futuretronics, Victoria.
Distributor: Futuretronics Aust Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Robot made by Androbot Inc, U.S.A.. Distributed in Australia by Futuretronics, Victoria.
References: See Donor Questionaire
Google Search. 5 April 2013. http://www.google.com.au/#hl=en&;site=&source=hp&q=androbot+topo&oq=ANDROBOT&gs_l=hp.1.1.0l7.1731.5179.0.10872.8.8.0.0.0.0.281.1622.2-7.7.0...0.0...1c.1.8.hp._jZfr3DCMrc&bav=on.2,or.&bvm=bv.44770516,d.aGc&fp=c0a4ac18ba2b134c&biw=1280&bih=776

Comments

Lindsay Crawford Posted on 04 Dec 2012 9:10 AM
To replace the battery, you need to pop open the body, from the head down(!). The pop-clips are quite stiff. The battery is in the base. You can use a motorcycle battery. The robot can be programmed in the Forth language for the Apple 2 computer.

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