Hi oldrocker and welcome. It all started with the Sony Aibo ERS-7 for me.
How do you find it owning five vectors?! Must be a lot of fun. Would you recommend I try out Marscat?
At one point I had a small collection of Aibos including the rare panda suit haha looking back now it was so cringe.
Sony’s robots were my main interest for a long time and I even had a collection of Japanese Sony Rolly in each colour.
But I lost interest in Aibo, and sold all of mine. It was around 2019 that I heard about Vector and actually purchased one from my local electronics store after hearing about Anki going bust. It was a surreal experience purchasing a robot in person from a company that no longer existed.
I purchased a second hand Sony Aibo ERS-1000 in 2021 and was not really aware of other companion robots until I came across an ad for Loona which piqued my interest with its ability to move across a room at high speed and generate a lot of expressions with its ears.
Unfortunately with all the issues surrounding Loona I rarely run mine and am looking for a robot that can be used daily without worry of it breaking.
Since then I have become more interested in humanoid robots, especially with my recent Moxie acquisition.
I look forward to seeing you around the forums as I feel exciting times are ahead for home robots with Tesla Bot and Neo Android looking the most promising.
Thank you Chris, glad I'm not the only geek that loves robotics, I think it all stems from my interest in computers, 1980 I bought an Acorn BBC micro 16 k ram, then I added 16k extra ram, a sideways 128k rom board a disc drive interface and learned BBC Basic coding. It was incredible new, exciting my 3 children were weaned on the space adventure ELITE, and thousands of games on audio tape. Zonic the hedgehog was my kids favourite.