May 3, 2010

Stan Lee Makes Cameo Appearance in Ad

We expect by now that everyone has seen the Dr. Pepper commercial that featured cartoonist Stan Lee and featured a robot that was assisting an actor to dress up "Iron Man" style. But for those who don't live in the States, here is the ad/promo.

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April 26, 2010

Chararobo Creates Business Mascots

Want your own business mascot? Chararobo (short for Character Robot) will create one for you like the one they made for Cable TV Inc. Based on Kyuchan (kyu means 9" in Japanese,) the 2' 7" bot weighs 8.8 lbs. and acts as a greeter at the front desk. When a human approaches, he dances a bit with his 6º of freedom and Futabo servo motors. Get one for $8,600 - $16,000.

Via Plastic Pals

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March 1, 2010

TOTOROBO Hawks Greenmax


A company in Japan named TOTO makes Greenmax toilets and has decided to promote them with a robot action figure. TOTOROBO has a signature catchphrase, "Protect the Earth, GMAX! Ready - Switch, on!" This apparently has to do with the fact that the toilet is ecofriendly with a low-flush switch that uses only 4.8 liters each time.

Via Plastic Pals

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February 26, 2010

Feeny Almost Attends the Olympics

LG's mascot now has a name. Feeney, chosen after a recent contest, is not only a Whisen air conditioner spokesbot in print, he has his own Olympic commercial in all his CGI splendor.

Via Tech Fever

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February 8, 2010

Super Bowl XLIV Ads Feature Robots

We cannot imagine that anyone missed the 2010 Super Bowl, but for those of you who may have missed a commercial or 2, robots were predominate in several of them. They had cameos in the spot for the Sorento, Intel and Waldos made an appearance in the ad for Vizio Apps. You can catch those and others via the link.

Via Fanhouse

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January 27, 2010

Evolta Goes Green


Evolta has turned green. He isn't nauseous; he is being used to promote Panasonic's new rechargeable batteries. The cellphone charm will come with selected packages of the eco-friendly batteries in Japan.

Via Panasonic

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December 17, 2009

DROID Ad Searches for Humans

You gotta appreciate a commercial that features a product named Droid featuring robotic arms that is searching for "humans." 'Nuff said.

Via Verizon

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September 25, 2009

Must Have: Spokesmodel FemiSapien


Sometimes a TV commercial inadvertently promotes another product, such as a download of the background music or clothing on a model. So when we see the USPS ad for Priority Mail that features the FemiSapien, we are impressed enough to make her our Must Have this week. Not only does she come loaded with 36 functions, 20 routines and 59 hidden functions, she can sing, dance and blow kisses. We bet WowWee is proud as punch of their spokesrobot, even if was only a cameo appearance.

Via WowWee Bots

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September 1, 2009

Dell Uses Oldie to Sell New Inspiron

This Dell commercial for their colorful Inspiron laptops, with the Chordettes song "Lollipop," almost makes us want to get one, but only if they prove they were made by robots. But we are seriously considering downloading the tune released in 1958.

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August 6, 2009

An9-PR, at a Mall Near You


Sohgo Security Services in Japan has a new bot. An9-PR has a 19" touch panel LCD monitor, 2 12" LCD monitors in the back and an electric bulletin board on top. He can provide both shop info and coupons to cell phones that have FeliCaHe and, with his camera, has face recognition and will approach perhaps unwilling shoppers. (It's kind of like when you don't want the team's mascot to notice you.) At least he has a sponge-like chassis so if he runs into you, it will be minimal anguish.

The service/security robot will be placed in shopping centers and other public places as a guide and can run for an hour at about 1km/h before automatically returning to his charger. An9-PR doesn't come cheaply and will cost ¥10,436,000 (~$109,587.00), with an additional ¥3.9 million for five years of maintenance costs.

Via Tech-On

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