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Sony ERS-210 AIBO EYES User Manual

Entertainment robot application for ers-210/220 series.
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  • Page 1 4-675-917-11(1) User’s Guide...
  • Page 2: Notice To Users

    INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN OR THE USE THEREOF. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT YOUR STATUTORY RIGHTS. Sony Corporation reserves the right to make any modification to this manual or the information contained herein at any time without notice. The software described herein may also be governed by the terms of a separate user license agreement.
  • Page 3 No part of this software or document may be reproduced in any form by any means and rental of this software may not be allowed without prior authorization of Sony Corporation. • Sony Corporation assumes no responsibility for any inconvenience caused by misuse or any use not stated in this document.
  • Page 4: Safety Information

    This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
  • Page 5 All rights reserved.” “OPEN-R” is the standard interface for the entertainment robot system that Sony is actively promoting. This interface expands the capability of the entertainment robot through a flexible combination of hardware and interchangeable software to suit various applications.
  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Notice to Users ... 2 Welcome to AIBO EYES ... 8 Setup Procedure Confirming system requirements ... 12 AIBO’s network setup ... 14 Network setup procedure ... 14 If you have a Memory Stick Reader/Writer ... 15 AIBO EYES Setup ...
  • Page 7 Receiving pictures (photos) AIBO took by e-mail JPEG attachments [PHOTO command] ... 36 Directly commanding AIBO to take a picture via Voice command ... 38 Taking periodic pictures at a set interval [WATCH command] ... 39 Sending AIBO a message or song ... 43 Having the recipient play back AIBO’s message and song [MSG command] ...
  • Page 8: Welcome To Aibo Eyes

    Welcome to AIBO EYES AIBO EYES is an AIBO-ware application for the AIBO ERS-210/220 Series. This software lets you control AIBO from your PC or a mobile communication device, using e-mail commands. Controlling AIBO by utilizing AIBO MAIL. (page 32) To control AIBO, simply send a command via e-mail to AIBO.
  • Page 9: Autonomous Mode

    AIBO can receive and send e-mails. Via Wireless LAN, AIBO is always connected to the Internet so it can receive and send e-mail independent of a PC*. (*You must be connected to an "always On" broadband connection. For example; Cable modem, DSL, etc.) Autonomous mode.
  • Page 11: Setup Procedure

    Setup Procedure To setup AIBO EYES, follow these procedures: Confirm system requirements (page 12) AIBO’s network setup (page 14) Connect AIBO to a wireless LAN. AIBO EYES Setup (page 19) Set up the e-mail address you would like AIBO to check, and register the users of AIBO EYES.
  • Page 12: Confirming System Requirements

    Confirming system requirements You must have the following systems to use AIBO EYES. E-mail server FTTH/ADSL/ CATV line to Internet The system must always be connected to the internet. Either the modem or the access point must have a router function.
  • Page 13 Caution AIBO EYES cannot be used with a USB-type DSL modem. A PC is used to setup your network settings for AIBO EYES. The PC can be connected to the access point via a wired or wireless connection. • To connect the PC to an access point via a wireless LAN, the PC must have an IEEE802.11b-compatible wireless LAN adapter.
  • Page 14: Aibo's Network Setup

    For settings, see the next page. * We recommend that you use a Sony Memory Stick Reader/Writer. B) If you do not have a Memory Stick Reader/Writer Please change the settings of your PC and access...
  • Page 15: If You Have A Memory Stick Reader/writer

    If you have a Memory Stick Reader/Writer You must change the Wireless LAN setting file “WLANCONF.TXT” and adjust to your network. Insert the AIBO EYES “Memory Stick” into the “Memory Stick” Reader/Writer. Copy the wireless LAN settings file “WLANCONF.TXT” in the SAMPLE folder to a parent directory.
  • Page 16 Confirm if the DHCP server function is used in the network. (This procedure is for Windows XP only. For other operating systems, please refer to the software help information.) 1 Click the Start button and select Control-Panel. 2 Select Network & Internet Connections, and Network Connections. 3 Right click Network Connection, and select Properties.
  • Page 17 1 When the DHCP server function is used in the network # WLAN HOSTNAME=AIBO ESSID=AIBONET < Set the SSID for Wireless LAN access point (less than 32 characters) WEPENABLE=1 WEPKEY=AIBO2 < Set the WEPKEY for Wireless LAN access point (less than 5 characters) APMODE=1 # IP network USE_DHCP=1...
  • Page 18 2 When the DHCP server function is not used in the network # WLAN HOSTNAME=AIBO ESSID=AIBONET < Set the SSID for Wireless LAN access point (less than 32 characters). WEPENABLE=1 WEPKEY=AIBO2 < Set the WEPKEY for Wireless LAN access point (less than 5 characters). APMODE=1 # IP network #USE_DHCP=1...
  • Page 19: Aibo Eyes Setup

    AIBO EYES Setup After the network setting is completed, you must now register the e-mail address AIBO will check, along with the registration of AIBO EYES users. When using AIBO EYES in “Private Mode” (page 24), you can register up to five users that can communicate via e-mail with AIBO.
  • Page 20 Confirm AIBO’s IP address. When the “Universal Plug & Play” setting is ON under Windows XP/Windows Me environment, this step is unnecessary. An AIBO icon will appear in the “My Network Places” folder. Double-click the AIBO icon to show “AIBO EYES TOP PAGE”, and then go step 4. The method for confirming the IP address will vary, depending on whether your network has a DHCP server function or not (page 16).
  • Page 21 Start up the Web browser, and access the URL shown below. http://XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX Type in the AIBO IP address confirmed in step 2. (for example; 192.168.0.11) The AIBO EYES TOP PAGE appears. Click “AIBO Owner Setup”. The AIBO EYES OWNER SETUP window appears.
  • Page 22 Complete the settings on the AIBO EYES OWNER SETUP window. Be sure to enter these items. AIBO EYES Owner Setup Return to the top page. E-mail Information Receiving mail server (POP) Sending mail server (SMTP) Owner's e-mail address Owner's e-mail password 5 min E-mail check interval User Mode...
  • Page 23 Check your e-mail software or consult your provider. The e-mail address AIBO will check. Password for the above e-mail address. You can set the desired interval for AIBO to check e-mails (range: 1-60 minutes) Choose either “Private Mode” (which limits access of users to AIBO EYES) or “Public Mode”.
  • Page 24 • Private Mode Users of AIBO can be restricted to 5 registered users. This mode is convenient if you want to limit users who can use photo commands or observe images to your family or close friends. In Private Mode, you can also use the Voice Signature function.
  • Page 25 After you have completed the owner settings, click the Save button. The “Setup is complete” is displayed. Click “Return to the top page”. The AIBO EYES TOP PAGE is displayed. This completes the owner setup. Continue below with the user setup. Click “AIBO User Setup”.
  • Page 26 Complete the User Setup. In Private Mode, you can register up to five users. Set the head angles (page 34) that pictures are taken with. You can specify picture-taking at regular intervals through AIBO MAIL using the WATCH command (page 39). The e-mail address of the user.
  • Page 27 After the setup is completed, click the Save button. The “Setup is complete” is displayed. To confirm the updated settings, click “Return to the top page” to show the AIBO EYES TOP PAGE and click “AIBO Owner Setup” or “AIBO User Setup.”...
  • Page 29: Using Aibo Eyes

    Using AIBO EYES After learning how to write AIBO MAIL, let’s send AIBO MAIL to make AIBO take pictures and convey messages. click...
  • Page 30: Using Aibo With The Energy Station [era-201p1]

    Using AIBO with the Energy Station [ERA-201P1]; You can use AIBO EYES with AIBO sitting on or off of its Energy Station. Pause Mode (AIBO not active.) When you push the pause button on AIBO’s chest, AIBO’s power turns off. You need to put AIBO in this mode when you are changing AIBO’s batteries or Memory...
  • Page 31 Using AIBO off the Energy Station [ERA-201P1] Mode lamp turns off Station Mode AIBO will have minimal movements while recharging itself on the Energy Station. When in this Station Mode, AIBO will sound an alarm at each hour and half hour (page 23). It is convenient to have AIBO sit on the Energy Station when you are making AIBO take periodic pictures at...
  • Page 32: Aibo Mail

    AIBO MAIL AIBO MAIL is the e-mail you will send to AIBO, to make it take pictures or send messages. AIBO MAIL needs to be written along these particular guidelines: How to write AIBO MAIL • Use “text format” (not HTML) when creating AIBO MAIL. •...
  • Page 33: Viewing Pictures Taken By Aibo

    • The “Memory Stick” can store up to 10 pictures, and will automatically continue to delete the oldest picture as you exceed 10 pictures. • Sony is not responsible for any rights-infringement disputes and other issues that may arise between you and another person or entity resulting from photographs taken with AIBO.
  • Page 34: Aibo's Position While Taking Pictures

    AIBO's position while taking pictures AIBO can take pictures in both situations: On its Energy Station (Station Mode) or Autonomous Mode. In Station mode click AIBO is able to periodically take pictures of a certain fixed point at desired intervals. About the angle of AIBO’s color camera You can position AIBO’s color camera angle (up/down, right/left) using commands in your AIBO MAIL.
  • Page 35: Taking Pictures On Command

    Taking pictures on command You can make AIBO take pictures on command. Send an AIBO MAIL with the photo command when you want AIBO to take the picture. AIBO will respond on command. Caution AIBO will check the e-mail server for e-mails at the desired interval you have intially set (see AIBO EYES OWNER SETUP window, page 22.) When it acknowledges receipt of an AIBO MAIL with a photo command, it will take a picture.
  • Page 36: Receiving Pictures (photos) Aibo Took By E-mail Jpeg Attachments [photo Command]

    Receiving pictures (photos) AIBO took by e-mail JPEG attachments [PHOTO command] AIBO will e-mail back the picture (photo) it took as a JPEG attachment. Wireless LAN access point click AIBO MAIL (Photo) Modem E-Mail server Sends back the picture (photo) as a JPEG via an e-mail attachment.
  • Page 37 How to write Photo commands PHOTO [cue [h_angle v_angle] ] AIBO Mail example for Photo command To:(owner e-mail address) Subject: AIBO MAIL ----------------------------- PHOTO C2 0 10 Camera angle selection is optional. You can select the horizontal and vertical angle of the color camera and include it in the command [h_angle v_angle].
  • Page 38: Directly Commanding Aibo To Take A Picture Via Voice Command

    Directly commanding AIBO to take a picture via Voice command You can directly command AIBO to take pictures via voice command. For example, you can have AIBO take a picture of your child and send it to your mother’s PC or mobile communication device* (*must have JPEG format viewing capability.) Say “Take a picture”...
  • Page 39: Taking Periodic Pictures At A Set Interval [watch Command]

    Say “Send e-mail” to AIBO. AIBO will send an e-mail (with the JPEG picture attached) to the e-mail address pre-registered in the AIBO EYES OWNER SETUP window “Picture by Voice Command” (page 22). AIBO will send the most recent picture it took via e-mail JPEG attachment. Taking periodic pictures at a set interval [Watch command] AIBO will take periodic pictures at a set interval and e-mail them via JPEG...
  • Page 40 How to write the Watch commands WATCH hour min [cue [h_angle v_angle] ] Camera angle selection is optional. You can select the horizontal and vertical angle of the color camera and include it in the command [h_angle v_angle]. Otherwise, default settings will be used.
  • Page 41 AIBO MAIL example for a WATCH command To:(owner e-mail address) Subject: AIBO MAIL ----------------------------- WATCH 1 0 C3 0 0 Cancelling the periodic picture taking function Simply send a WATCH command AIBO MAIL to AIBO, with body text specifying the hours and minutes as “0”. To:(owner e-mail address) Subject: AIBO MAIL -----------------------------...
  • Page 42 Viewing the pictures (photos) on the Memory Stick The pictures that AIBO takes will be stored on AIBO’s “Memory Stick”. To view these, you will need a “Memory Stick” reader/writer. Remove the “Memory Stick” from AIBO. Refer to the AIBO Operating Instruction that came with your AIBO on how to remove the “Memory Stick”...
  • Page 43: Sending Aibo A Message Or Song

    Sending AIBO a message or song Using e-mail from your PC or mobile communication device, you can send AIBO messages or songs that can be played back or performed by AIBO. You can select a message from pre-recorded messages, or record your own unique personal message.
  • Page 44: Having The Recipient Play Back Aibo's Message And Song [msg Command]

    Having the recipient play back AIBO’s message and song [MSG command] This command is convenient when the recipient is not near AIBO, and the recipient can play back the message or song at their convenience. Caution You can send up to 100 messages and songs to AIBO. When unplayed messages exceed 100, an error e-mail is sent to the AIBO MAIL (Message command) sender.
  • Page 45: Playing Back The Message Or Song Immediately [play Command]

    • When AIBO has received a message command Press the back sensor (ERS-210, ERS210A) or the back-touch sensor (ERS-220, ERS-220A) of AIBO. AIBO will play back the message or song. To play again: To play the next message/song: (current message/ song will be deleted.) To stop playing: Playing back the message or song immediately...
  • Page 46: How To Record A Unique Message And Voice Signature

    AIBO MAIL example of a PLAY command To:(owner e-mail address) Subject: AIBO MAIL ----------------------------- PLAY W6 How to record a unique message and Voice Signature You can pre-record a unique voice message (page 43) and also record the Voice Signature (page 26). Say “Recording Mode”...
  • Page 47: Aibo E-mail Reception Notification

    AIBO e-mail reception notification When the owner’s e-mail address receives regular e-mail, AIBO’s tail light will flash to indicate this. (This is only for regular e-mail and not AIBO MAIL.) ERS-210, ERS-210A Tail light will flash purple. AIBO will periodically check for e-mail at the intervals you selected in AIBO EYES OWNER SETUP window: “E-mail check interval”...
  • Page 48 Caution You can confirm AIBO’s e-mail server connection via AIBO’s tail lamp. When e-mail check is successfully completed: ERS-210, ERS-210A , Tail lamp will light purple. ERS-220, ERS-220A , Tail lamp will light blue. When e-mail check is successfully completed and you have new e-mail: ERS-210, ERS-210A , Tail lamp will flash purple.
  • Page 49: Additional Information

    Additional Information This chapter provides notes on usage and a troubleshooting guide.
  • Page 50: Notes On Use

    • AIBO EYES is designed exclusively for use with “AIBO” ERS-210/210A/220/ 220A and cannot be used with other AIBO models. • We recommend that you use a Sony “Memory Stick” Reader/Writer. • Do not touch terminal A with your hand or metal objects.
  • Page 51 • When carrying or storing the “Memory Stick,” keep it in the supplied case. • Sony assumes no responsibility for any malfunctions that may occur as a result of using AIBO EYES in a way not specified in this manual.
  • Page 52: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting If you experience any of the following difficulties, use this troubleshooting guide to correct the problem. Should the problem persist, please contact AIBO Customer Link. (See page 3 for details on AIBO Customer Support/Link.) Symptom AIBO does not activate after releasing the pause button.
  • Page 53 Symptom Remedy The battery pack is • The program is still running. locked and cannot be ejected. It takes a long time for • AIBO is loading data from the “Memory Stick.” AIBO to start moving. AIBO tries to walk but it •...
  • Page 54 Symptom The chest light flashes in orange. AIBO asks to be charged even with a fully charged battery pack. AIBO does not emit any sound. AIBO cannot connect to the e-mail server and the tail lamp turns off. Remedy • There is a problem with the battery pack. t Check to ensure that the battery pack is inserted in AIBO correctly.
  • Page 55 Symptom Remedy After you have told • The E-mail address settings are incorrect. AIBO to “Send e-mail” and AIBO has responded and said it has sent the e- mail, but the recipient has not yet received the e-mail. It takes time for AIBO to •...
  • Page 57: Appendix

    Appendix Words understandable to AIBO List of codes that can be used for AIBO MAIL commands AIBO’s eye and tail lights Error e-mail examples List of “WLANCONF.TXT” parameters...
  • Page 58: Words Understandable To Aibo

    Words understandable to AIBO AIBO can understand the following words in Autonomous mode or Station mode. AIBO does not understand what you say when: • AIBO is emitting sounds or is in motion, because it is difficult for AIBO to understand and hear you.
  • Page 59 • Message playback One more time AIBO plays back the last message or song again. (See page 45.) • Recording Recording mode You can record messages or Voice Signature by following AIBO’s voice guidance. (See page 46.) • Notification of new e-mail arrival Check e-mail AIBO will check for new e-mail...
  • Page 60: List Of Codes That Can Be Used For Aibo Mail Commands

    List of codes that can be used for AIBO MAIL commands The following codes are used with the commands in AIBO MAIL. • In the body text of AIBO MAIL: Following the command, enter the code (code is shown here in bold type) you selected (for example; “MSG S.SAINTS”, “PLAY W9”). •...
  • Page 61 W22 W.SCREAM/(Actual screaming voice: sounds frightened) W23 W.CRY/Sob, sob, sob W24 W.LOVE/I love it! W25 W.PEE/Peeing sound W26 W.DOG/Arf, arf! W27 W.AIBO/It’s AIBO! W28 W.SONY/SONY * W1-W5 codes are used when you record your unique message. For recording instructions, refer to page 46.
  • Page 62: Aibo's Eye And Tail Lights

    AIBO’s eye and tail lights Green lamp flashes: “You have new e-mail” Face-side lamp flashes: “You have new e-mail” ERS-210/210A ERS-220/220A Tail light (Purple): Lights up: When AIBO is connecting to the e- mail server. Flashes: When new e- mail has arrived. Tail light (Blue): Lights up: When AIBO is connecting to the e-mail...
  • Page 63: Error E-mail Examples

    Error e-mail examples When the following errors occur, AIBO will send an error e-mail to either the AIBO MAIL sender, or the owner’s e-mail address. • AIBO MAIL command has a grammatical error. To:(AIBO MAIL sender) Subject: Re:AIBO MAIL ----------------------------- (body text) 100 BAD COMMAND >PLAY WLEAVING...
  • Page 64 • AIBO has more than 100 unplayed AIBO MAILs. AIBO can only store up to 100 AIBO MAILs. When AIBO’s unplayed messages exceeds 100, this error e-mail will be sent. You must wait until a message is played, and re-send your AIBO MAIL again (MSG Command). To:(AIBO MAIL sender) Subject: ERROR:AIBO MAIL -----------------------------...
  • Page 65 • AIBO is unable to stabilize its head (color camera) angle. When AIBO is in a position where it has difficulties maintaining its head angle and falls over, this error e-mail will be sent, and AIBO will stop moving. Please check to ensure that AIBO’s Energy Station is placed on a flat surface, and that AIBO’s neck joints are not broken.
  • Page 66: List Of "wlanconf.txt" Parameters

    List of “WLANCONF.TXT” parameters The following parameters are for the wireless LAN setting file. HOSTNAME ESSID WEPENABLE WEPKEY APMODE ETHER_IP ETHER_NETMASK Specifies the name of AIBO for the wireless LAN network (8 or less characters). Specifies the name of the wireless LAN network (32 or less characters.) Specifies that the WEP system is used (“1”) or not (“0”).
  • Page 67 Specifies the IP address for the gateway. If the gateway does IP_GATEWAY not exist in the network, specify the same IP address as ETHER_IP. Only necessary if “USE_DHCP” is set to “0”. Specifies the IP address for the DNS server. Only necessary if DNS_SERVER_1 “USE_DHCP”...
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