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RS Media model from Hong Kong-based hi-tech robotics company WowWee that can be prominently spotted on the cabinet in Sheldon‘s and Leonard’s living room.
The interesting details are not only that the
RS in the name stands for
RoboSapiens, a word construct of
homo sapiens, but also that WowWee’s
RS Media is full of technical features.
Sheldon’s toy robot can perform, for example, humanoid body movements, it has a speech response recorder and can even detect with its digital eyes different colors, sounds and objects.
RS Media can also be programmed with its own personality – a dream for Sheldon who said a few times that he want to transfer his consciousness into a robot AKA
In fact, WowWee wouldn’t be a specialized company for innovative hi-tech robotics when they wouldn’t have had also integrated a full computer system in the
RS Media robot. This means that Sheldon’s
RoboSapiens can run Java games, videos and it has a camera, a color display and a flash memory card.
And of course, the
RoboSapiens also has a connection to a Linux PC and can be programmed with even more functionalities – and Sheldon actually loves the Linux system as he mentioned various times.
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Therefore, it’s sad that the multi-functional robot never showed his full potential in the TV series while standing there, immovable.
Nevertheless, the high-tech gadget – half robot half human – is a great hint to Sheldon’s aim to become, in the near future when the technology is ready, a humanoid, too, or as Sheldon says in episode
The Cruciferous Vegetable Amplification (S04E02):
…to fuse my consciousness with cybernetic.
Furthermore, by unveiling the technology behind the
RS Media toy robot, it becomes clear how much love the TBBT producers put in every detail of the set decoration.
Click here to see an original WowWee
RoboSapiens in action.
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