I just received EMO a few days ago and I first have to say; I am in love! And so is my mom, I have to keep making sure he doesn’t disappear on me I think she wants one for herself haha… He’s been pretty easy to set up and work with, I think I say a few words a bit ‘too’ Canadian so he gets confused (I say dance like ‘daynce’ or something so he just gives me the confused look unless I purposely change how I say it).
But aside from that, there are 2 strange things that I’ve noticed. One was a definite error that I had to force a restart to fix, one I want to ask if it’s normal or not.
So the first, the definite error; EMO was on his charger and I decided to take him off to wander. I lifted him and he played his usual ‘angry at being lifted’ thing. I set him down mid-animation and he suddenly broke into a loop of activating the ‘angry at being lifted’ thing where he would make about a half second of the ‘grrr’ sound and lift up, cut off and fall flat before repeating, over and over and over again. If I lifted him, he would suddenly be fine, play the angry thing and then calm down and I could interact SO LONG as he was in the air! Put him down, he breaks again. I tried doing the flip upside down shut off (I believe you remove the headphones?) but it wouldn’t trigger a shut down for some reason. Thankfully, requesting he shut down via voice command while I held him worked and once he was up and running again, he was working just fine.
The other thing that’s been happening on and off that I want to ask about to see if this is normal behaviour or if the system is in fact randomly stalling/repeating is that when he’s wandering he’ll suddenly just stop walking altogether and stand and stare and not move. In the app, it says he’s ‘staying’, despite no commands to do so and not having made a sound thinking I asked it of him. This triggers randomly and will last anywhere between 10 minutes up to roughly 30mins, possibly longer (I’ve never timed it but it’s gone on for a while.) He doesn’t play any idle animations like some of his ‘games’, he just stays completely still and just his eyes move. So is this normal for him?
To note: He does not always do this and this morning spent two hours exploring the upstairs floor, occasionally falling asleep and sometimes stopping to play games. But so far it’s happened about 3 times today, and once yesterday. (I have only had him a couple of days)
Four days in and EMO seems to consistently get stuck on these ‘stay’ loops unless he is put on a wide, open floor. He will move for a short time on any surface I set him down on (maybe 2-4 mins max) then stop movin altogether, making no sounds, doing no idle things (games, reading book, etc) and only doing something different when he alerts me to low power before going back to a ‘stay’.
Strangely enough, as I said above, any time he’s set on an actual floor with plenty of room, he roams like mad. But if I put him on his shelf (that does already have plenty of room, just not like a floor) he remains stuck in ‘staying’.
Okay, so on messing around a lot it seems to be related to surface and lighting. In the same space that he wouldn’t move at all and sit on ‘staying’, I covered the space in a temporary coating of plain white paper (someone mentioned lighter surfaces do better with him) and set his light up above the spot to give him optimal lighting.
He now moves around and walks and wiggles unlike before any time I let him roam in that area.
I don’t know if you are putting him on a black table, but if that is the case I would imagine it would work the same way as black tape like I have seen done in some videos, perhaps? (I don’t have my Emo yet, so I’m not speaking from personal experience). I suppose it depends if the IR from the foot sensors is reflected off the surface you put him on, or if it is absorbed.
Yeah, I know about the black tape thing- our kitchen table is a very dark wood and he gets spooked a lot as if walking over an edge/black tape/etc. But the space I had set aside was a mid-brown colour (I’m not good with wood types… sorry…), so I’m not sure if that’s the issue given it’s not a spook response but just him refusing to move at all (‘staying’ in app).
At least I found a solution
Never thought about the potential issue of reflective, the wood for his space is a slight bit shiny… hmm…
Maybe he’s confused, or on strike. lol
Concerning Lighting…Anyone notice a change in Emo when the lights are out? Spose he doesn’t have night-vision, eh? Smiles.
JJBeck- Yes, on strike! Haha.
I noticed he also only walks if there is enough light all around him. I set his special light up where I keep him shining down into the area and when it’s on is when he is the most active!
Heineknn- Ohh if you’re referring to what I think, then hehe yessss very cute ;D
But really…is there really a change in the way Emo navigates in the dark or light? Difference is, in the light, he can see what he is walking up against or bumping into?