For the third meeting of robot theater, we brought in our skits that we wrote and read them to the group. Not everyone had their skit on hand, but because only half of us could work on our skits at a time, it wasn’t too big of a problem. After reading the skit, we split into pairs to put them together in Choreographe. We had to first get the robot’s lines copied into the Choreographe speaking blocks, then we had to get the robot to listen for certain words, as my skit was a conversation between a robot and a human. To get the speaking cues right, we had to time the activation of the robot’s cue and when it actually began to speak. After getting it right for the first blocks, it was simple to get the rest in the program. However, since there is a lot of back-and-forth between the human and robot, it was very tedious work. All of this, plus some discussion of how to improve the skit as a whole, took most of the meeting, and left little time to work on the robot’s actions. Luckily, there isn’t a big need for motion in the skit, so work on movement can be done quickly.
Overall, it’s been great working with these robots, but it’s a shame we don’t have more time to work with them. I’d love to see all that these guys can do.