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The RB5X is a personal robot manufactured by RB Robot Corporation of Golden, Colorado.[1]

A cylinder-shaped robot with an optional arm, and a transparent, dome-shaped top, RB5X has an RS-232 communications interface and is programmable in TinyBASIC[2] or Savvy.[1] It was first released circa 1983. Its inputs include eight bumper panels, a photodiode and a sonic transducer. The robot learns from experience.[3]

The RB5X was an early commercial implementation of the concept of autonomous mobile robotics (AMR)  proposed and demonstrated by author/ inventor, David L. Heiserman[4][5][6] in 1976.


  1. ^ a b Prendergast, Dan; Slade, Bill; Winkless, Nelson (January 1984). "A General-Purpose Robot Control Language". BYTE. p. 122. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  2. ^ Ciraolo, Michael. "Robot Update- Latest robot-Atari interface news". www.atarimagazines.com.
  3. ^ "RB5X Robot - The Old Robot's Web Site". www.theoldrobots.com.
  4. ^ Heiserman, David (1976). Build Your Own Working Robot. TAB Books. ISBN 0830668411.
  5. ^ Heiserman, David L (1979). How to Build Your Own Self-Programming Robot. TAB Books. ISBN 0830612416.
  6. ^ Heiserman, David L (1981). Robot Intelligence with Experiments. TAB Books. ISBN 0830696857.

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