So, today at the WWDC conference, it looks like there could be another player dipping their toe in the pool – Taptic Toys.
Their Creative Director, Romina Espinosa, played the pilot on their prototype – but from the video below, it looks like the toy is exactly that – a toy. The gent with the RPS (my guess is his name is David Cann) seems to be potentially driving the RPS with his iPhone. Romina, who is an excellent actress and performer (you can see her portfolio site here) makes for an entertaining pilot.
I am not that impressed yet since it suffers from the same issues I have with many of the smaller RPS devices out there. Under four feet tall, the inverted pendulum is nice for some aspects of stability, but terrible for a static state and unlike the Anybots QB, it seems to have no third point for the resting state.
But people like commenting on it – so I include it for your amusement.
If Taptic Toys wishes to speak on the specs of their RPS, happy to clarify the details in this post. The website is simply a post of the same video – which has a poor audio quality.