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Skitter Tutorial #3 - Adding Skits to YART!

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Adding Skits to YART!

The first tutorial introduced AIBO motion files (making AIBO move).   The second described using the LED & Sound editors. 

Editing skits is ok for a while, but the real fun is seeing AIBO perform them!   This tutorial explains preparing AIBO programmable memory sticks, and using them with YART.   It's easy & only takes a few mouse clicks.

Please note currently this tutorial only applies to the ERS-210, ERS-220, ERS-310, and ERS-7.

Our goals are:

Let's get started!


1.0 Prepare an Action Directory


An "action directory" is a folder (on your PC) where you collect the skits you want placed on AIBO.

There is nothing special about this folder, other than it contain the workbooks (*.aib) for your skits.    If using action files instead (*.act), the action directory would also have folders for motion, sound, and LED files.

Generally you'll have one action directory for each AIBO personality you create.



 
1.1 Copying & Renaming skits

1.1.1 Workbooks 
Copying or renaming AIBO Workbooks is easy.   Just use Windows Explorer.    No muss.  No fuss.

1.1.2 Action Files 
Copying & renaming action files is harder.  You must copy the action file, motion, led & sound files.   The easiest way is using Skitter.

Open the target performance in Skitter, and use the File Menu, "Save-As" command.   Select a new destination action directory, and Skitter saves copies of all files associated with the performance.




2.0 Prepare the Programmable Memory Stick

(1) 
Download Aibopet's YART / RCodePlus program.   Get the version matching your AIBO (210, 220, 310 & 7).
YART Icon




(2
Insert a programmable memory stick into your memstick reader.   Oops, don't have a reader?   Buy one from Sony, since other brands have damaged AIBO memsticks.  Click here for info.

PMS sticks are different from blue & white sticks, AiboMind, AiboLife, or other AIBO-Ware.    The memsticks are specially encrypted and -not- interchangeable.   They'll have no label, a blank label, or an "AIBO Master Studio" label (see right).

btw, CLIE PDA owners should get StikZip from Aibopet.   Highly recommended.
Memstick Examples




(3
Install YART onto the memstick.    Do not just copy the ZIP file -- it won't work.

ZIP files are compressed.   You must use something like WinZip to "unzip" YART/RCodePlus onto the memory stick.




 
(4)

Open the memstick in Windows Explorer.   If  you see CUSTOM, OPEN-R and possibly PHOTOS, you're good to go!

YART Memstick




3.0 Adding Skits to YART

(1
Start Skitter & close any open skits.

Click on the toolbar "Write" button.   Skitter prompts for the AIBO platform being used.   This must match your AIBO model, or AIBO won't boot up properly.

Select your AIBO type (or click Cancel to quit).




(2
Now select the "action directory" on your PC, where you've collected everything for your AIBO personality.

The example (see right) shows selecting the tutorial directory included with Skitter.




(3)
Skitter compiles the action directory, and writes it to the programmable memory stick.

For large action directories (such as in DogsLife) this might take several seconds.





(4)
Once Skitter displays "Done!" the memstick is ready, or an error message if something went wrong.

If an error occurred, click on the "View Log" button to see what happened.

Otherwise, click "OK" to close the dialog.






4.0 Using New Skits in YART

(1) 
Start AiboPet's YART utility on the memory stick.

It can be found in the memstick "CUSTOM" folder.  Double click on "YART.EXE" from Windows Explorer.

The YART utility allows creating simple AIBO personalities.  You just select events, and use the mouse to drag-n-drop skits.

In YART, using custom user skits is no different than using the builtin standard skits.




(2
From the "When this happens" box, expand "AIBO voice command", then click "Hello".

From the "Available Actions" category box, select "User Actions".  YART puts all your custom/new skits in this category.







(3
Click-n-drag one of the user actions (ie: "firstwave"), into the "AIBO does this" box.




(4)
You're done!   Click the large "Save RCode program to memory stick" button. 

Once saving is complete, insert the memory stick into AIBO.   Turn on AIBO, and after booting, try saying "Hello".   AIBO should respond with the custom performance you added.

After three tutorials, you can now create custom skits, add them to AIBO, and use YART to perform them!

Congratulations! 

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