I have worked with Hitec’s Robonova-1 since the fall of 2007. The following materials capture my experiences.
RoboBasic – a version of BASIC designed specifically for the Robonova, it is quick to learn and simple to use. The command reference is very handy for finding odd functions and syntax. The IDE has a utility for setting servo zero position, posing the robot, and downloading programs.
RoboBASIC English Command Reference
RoboBASIC Package 2.5e
We quickly foudn that the on-board microcontroller was very slow for complex operations. One way to geta round that limit was to use off-board processing. A bluetooth connection to a PC allowed us to use MATLAB to control the robot, vastly improving its abilities.