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Re: You Can Own an Auto-Converting Programmable Optimus Prime for $699

PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2021 2:10 am
by Emerje
I remember that one, but the new one does everything much better. The head lights fold into the arms instead of sitting on his back, the front wheels stay on the hips rather than hanging off the arms, the working lights and sounds, and the overall fit of everything looks much more solid like I would expect from a finished product. If pre-orders are still open in few months I seriously might go for it, just need to do some financial juggling first (which I'm already doing, it has nothing to do with this).

Emerje

Re: You Can Own an Auto-Converting Programmable Optimus Prime for $699

PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:46 am
by GeekyGamer Gal
I would just like to add for people concerned about the life expectancy of the app, but I'm certain once this guy gets released that there will be some hobbyist robotics groups that would jump at the chance to hack one of these guys. I know the one I was apart of, before they fell apart due to some strong personalities, would probably already be pre-ordering two or three apiece to take one apart, one to hack, and one to keep as original, but still functioning, as possible. The good thing about most of these groups is that the steps and software used to hack this OP will be available for free.

Re: You Can Own an Auto-Converting Programmable Optimus Prime for $699

PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:41 am
by primalxconvoy
GeekyGamer Gal wrote:I would just like to add for people concerned about the life expectancy of the app, but I'm certain once this guy gets released that there will be some hobbyist robotics groups that would jump at the chance to hack one of these guys. I know the one I was apart of, before they fell apart due to some strong personalities, would probably already be pre-ordering two or three apiece to take one apart, one to hack, and one to keep as original, but still functioning, as possible. The good thing about most of these groups is that the steps and software used to hack this OP will be available for free.


That's great, but I'm not sure if it's an option for everyone. Of course, we cannot say for certain about any of these possible problems, as it's not known if it is cloud based, but regardless, here's an article about the "death" of a cloud-based robot:

- https://www.kinvert.com/anki-robotics-c ... ting-down/

And let's not forget about the original Aibo:

- https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech ... -in-japan/

Re: You Can Own an Auto-Converting Programmable Optimus Prime for $699

PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2021 1:17 pm
by DeathReviews
Pretty neat. But 'walking Optimus' looks more like 'shuffling/wobbling Optimus'. The walking action doesn't seem any more advanced than the old wind-up toys of yesteryear. They just set the figure wobbling, and hope that some of it somehow carries the figure in a vaguely forward-ish direction.

Ah well. Neat figure, anyway. I share the concern voiced by others about how well the app will be supported in the future. Sure it's brand new NOW - but many apps become defunct and unsupported in less than a year. Before plunking down any of your mortal 'skretch', we'd want some pretty solid promises that the app will REMAIN supported indefinitely.

Re: You Can Own an Auto-Converting Programmable Optimus Prime for $699

PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:48 pm
by chuckdawg1999
Apparently it has pre-order sold out.

Re: You Can Own an Auto-Converting Programmable Optimus Prime for $699

PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:55 am
by Emerje
chuckdawg1999 wrote:Apparently it has pre-order sold out.

Still showing up as available to pre-order for me.

Emerje

Re: You Can Own an Auto-Converting Programmable Optimus Prime for $699

PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:35 am
by JohnHope
Does anyone have any idea if it will be available outside of America? Im trying to get it to the UK, but the official site doesn't allow you to preorder outside of America or Canada. doesn't look like the usual suspects have it available to either. Not even BBTS which I usually use.

John.

Re: You Can Own an Auto-Converting Programmable Optimus Prime for $699

PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:48 am
by ZeroWolf
JohnHope wrote:Does anyone have any idea if it will be available outside of America? Im trying to get it to the UK, but the official site doesn't allow you to preorder outside of America or Canada. doesn't look like the usual suspects have it available to either. Not even BBTS which I usually use.

John.

At the moment, I think you're sadly out of luck at the moment (seemingly it's the one thing that was revealed that you can't preorder on the UK site). Might be best to wait a little bit and see if any thing changes

Re: You Can Own an Auto-Converting Programmable Optimus Prime for $699

PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:41 am
by AgeEighty
I believe the reopened preorders are for a later batch. Originally the page said they ship in August, but now it says October.

Re: You Can Own an Auto-Converting Programmable Optimus Prime for $699

PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 1:07 am
by Barricade.it
Uhm... I think this kind of TFs will be a line of its own in few years: at this moment, the project is good but not eanough to worth all' the money it will cost fo sure.

Anyway: in the video, for few istants, OP has a plate behind his head which is not shown in the other images. How will He look in the end?

Re: You Can Own an Auto-Converting Programmable Optimus Prime for $699

PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:22 am
by AgeEighty
Seems the October batch is now sold out, as well.

Re: You Can Own an Auto-Converting Programmable Optimus Prime for $699

PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2021 9:46 am
by Nemesis Reformatted
$700 & I would get bored with it in a week. lol

Re: You Can Own an Auto-Converting Programmable Optimus Prime for $699

PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2021 8:45 pm
by chuckdawg1999
Any idea what the warranty is like?