December 2, 2011
Robot Snob Gift Picks: Stocking Stuffers
What is the best way to get a couple more hours of sleep during the holidays? Treat the kidlets to a stocking full of things to munch and play with in the early hours. You can get a dozen Frosted Lollypops, each 2 ¼", fat free and individually wrapped. The assortment of suckers comes in various fruit flavors. The 6" Bubble Robot has a motor to chug out those bubbles (included.) This is more than just a toy as kids have to actually build it first.
The Shiny Robot Sticker Book will serve to keep them amused by applying 10 robots to walls, furniture and each other and 7" Activity Pads come in 12 pages and assorted designs.
Ya gotta love these wooden Stacking Robots for those toddlers who no longer chew on everything they touch. The nine pieces can be used horizontally, vertically and diagonally.
Since they might be hopped up on all that sugar pre-breakfast, go one of two ways, either sit them down with Little Robots: Big Adventures DVD or send them outside with Robot Bouncy Balls.
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November 29, 2010
Even Robots Love Cyber Monday
There are plenty of super deals this Cyber Monday so look for botty books at Borders, Roomba specials at iRobot, hourly specials at Amazon and deals at Trossen. Hit the link for more specials and check our Holiday Gift Guide for extra savings.
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November 3, 2010
MINDdroid - Free Android App For LM NXT
Lego has announced that a free app is now available for Mindstorms NXT owners that have an Android phone 1.6 or higher. MINDdroid will give you instant wireless access to direct your bot to walk, turn and activate its motor.
November 1, 2010
Robot Snob Holiday Gift Guide 2010
It's Holiday Gift Guide time here at Robot Snob and this year we found the majority of our robots at prices less than $30.00. Spend a few minutes and shop away, whether you prefer good ones that dance or fly around autonomously or evil ones that will challenge the recipient's skills. We guarantee you will find something for that robot snob in your life.
Our sincere thanks to Lisastarchild who produces the amazing line of Sleepy Robots 13. We are using one of her creations atop our guide because nothing says Happy/Merry Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanzaa like Santa Bot does. Lisa began her line of bots because of the crappy economy. After losing work, she decided to make her art her mainstay. This is a very good thing for the rest of us. Visit her site for an incredible gift that will cost you almost nothing.
Alphie has come a long way from the basic toy that came out in the 80's. Designed for preschoolers, he sings, plays music and has buttons that light up. Similar to the original, he comes with 30 double-sided cards that teach letters, math, reasoning and other skills.
Last year ZhuZhu Pets, this year WowWee Fin Fin Friends. The animated fish come in various playsets (Castle displayed here.) Once you send one down a slide into water, she/he comes alive by swimming, lighting up, singing, dancing and making sounds. WowWee promises that the more you play with them the more responsive they become.
Struxx Robotrixx is a 502-piece construction system that comes with balls, sockets and rods that click together to form a robotic jaguar, shark or 5 ft. long T-Rex that roars while his eyes light up.
The Bladestar Flame Indoor Flyer can be controlled by remote or actually fly autonomously with built-in sensor detection. With 2 wings and its helicopter movement, it will perform in both beginner and expert levels. For your schizoid friends, the RC Dancing Robot can walk, turn left or right, grooves to his own music and can aim and fire foam disks from his mouth after warning you that he is about to attack.
Cepia's B2B Bot Buzzsaw Robot will roll around on its 4 wheels swinging its fists, shouting insults and has sound effects to enhance his hits and knockouts. Radio controlled, he comes in both red and black and silver and blue B2B models.
Technology is so advanced that even a 12" tall Buzz Lightyear action figure can utter 15 different phrases in his original Tim Allen voice. He can also light up, karate chop and pose. If the female in your life digs Pandora Jewelry, this sterling silver Ohm Robot will fit right in with her other beads.
One of the hottest toys of the season will undoubtedly be Sing-A-Ma-Jigs. Each talks in its own language, sings and, when paired with others, will harmonize. The more you adopt, the more music you get.
The Escape Robot Kit needs to be soldered, but once assembled will finds its way through any maze or will avoid obstacles in its place on its 6 legs. Elenco also puts out a Ladybug Robot Kit that avoids obstacles with IR eyes and six legs.
Zibits mini-RC robots come in a wide variety of characters that chatter and can do battle as each are located on separate frequency. Only 2" tall, our faves are the diminutive Spex and Dinc.
We had to put in at least one robotic creature to freak out your buds. That would be Uncle Milton's furry RC Tarantula that has light-up eyes and independent leg movement. Don't forget the batteries. Sanyo's eneloop Rechargeables will more than pay for themselves and save you the worry that the giftee will begin whining soon.
Looking for stocking stuffers? The Shiny Robot Stickers in paperback can be used to decorate a room, packages or toy box. The same is true with Create Your Own Robot Sticker Activity Book with parts that can be mixed and matched.
Apparently robots are in this year, as we found an overabundance of tree décor. This Retro set of four has each at a size of 2.25 x 2.25 x 4.5".
Add to that 6 (2 of each shown) Santas with trees on his tummy, reindeer with geared feet and snowmen with a snowflake.
Artist Janna Salak designed this Love Does Not Compute Ornament crafted of porcelain and this bot can be personalized. Don't forget the R2-D2 lights and a magnetic musical quartet that can hang out under your tree or on your fridge.
After you have stuffed yourself on that holiday feast, sit back with a good robot movie before the tryptophan puts you out. The Iron Giant from 1999 is still a classic. Similar to ET, a young Hogarth befriends the misunderstood massive bot while protecting him from others. For fans of anime, the Collection 1 of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing is great for marathon viewing.
Robot Adventures features Robosapien and friends introducing younger kids to robotics with educational content without their knowing. And while the kids are watching theirs, adults can enjoy and early Toaster and Serge the robotic butler on the TV series Caprica, the prequel to Battlestar Galactica.
Over $50 - Ultimate Wish List
No list can be complete without at least one domestic Roomba. We feel so spoiled since we got ours as it picks up everything from dust to cat litter. Next purchase has to be a Pet Series Vacuum Cleaning Robot.
For younger kids, Dance Star Mickey walks, talks and dances. If Fisher Price continues to use the commercial that features Donny Osmond moonwalking with the electronic rodent, he will certainly cause a mini-commotion.
Fisher Price also has a new pair of RC creatures this year. The Imaginext Spike is an Ultra Dinosaur may not be as advanced as Pleo but he can walk, turn, blink his eyes and roars as he opens his mouth and blinks his eyes while his back spikes light up. And, although we dig the robotic pleosaurus, he certainly can't throw boulders or stand on his hind legs.
Big Foot is also RC controlled, does what Spike does, and can talk, pounds his fists, plays ball, and chews and burps. The i-Que Personal Robot contains the entire Merriam Webster student dictionary. He has text to speech capabilities, even in different accents and themes, and is full of thousands of facts and trivia.
Joebot responds to voice commands and can function in one of several play modes. He can dance, act as a sentry, play Simon Says and attack evil bots with his LED hands.
Finally, you cannot beat our buds from Trossen. Whether you are a serious roboticist looking for your first kit, in need of parts or advice or want to shop at their recently added online toy shop, this is one of the best sources for all things botty.
Have a great holiday season and remember 'tis the giving of yourself that is the best one of all.
March 26, 2010
GoRobotics Celebrates 10 Years
GoRobotics is celebrating its 10 anniversary with a giveaway. We are certainly up for anyone who has been digging robots as much as we do for a decade. Head over to their site to find out how you can enter to win. Rules are not too difficult and winners are chosen randomly. The contest ends March 31.
December 11, 2009
Must Have: WowWee ChatterBots
Such a deal! You can now save almost 75% on WowWee's ChatterBot Dog/ Cat. Connect to PC or Mac via USB and they will tell jokes and make rude comments about you. The bot also keeps track of upcoming events and can be used as a speaker.
The disruptive Fairy Godfather and Devil/Angel are also available at reduced prices.
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November 30, 2009
Cyber Monday Rules!
The National Retail Federation reports that 46% of humans shop online Cyber Monday and that 87% of retailers are offering deals. Our Holiday Gift Guide is a great place to start as we have scoured the Interweb to save you a few bucks. eToys has something for every age and Amazon Cyber Monday extends Black Friday and makes it easy to shop.
November 21, 2009
Robot Snob 2009 Holiday Gift Guide
We know that holiday shopping can be a major hassle, so we went all out to find robotic stuff to fit every budget. The good news is that almost every company has lowered their prices and when you shop online, tax and shipping charges are often non-existent. That being said, we present our 2009 Holiday Guide.
After building the Elenco Follow Me Robot, its 4 built-in microphones detect sounds and it will move towards them. For kids 12 and older, it needs no soldering and needs 4AA batteries (not included.) The Discovery Kids Biped EZ Robot kit has 15 pieces to assemble and a remote for those over 8.
Why get a usual Waldo when you can get a Darth Vader Robotic Arm? The snap together kit grips and holds objects, needs no batteries and includes a stand with built-in control. With the Rockit Robot kit, you can build one that has a touch sensor that learns not to run into walls, a sound sensor for responding to your voice and instructions with more than one project.
For serious robot builders, Trossen has some great deals. Their Phoenix Hexapod Kit is as state of the art as it can get with several walking gaits with omnidirectional translation and body rotation on all axis. The SumoBot Kit provides you with everything you need to become a competitor in the realm of Mini-Sumo tournaments.
Movies, including Blu-ray, are completely affordable these days. We can never get enough of the original "The Day the Earth Stood Still" with Michael Rennie and Patricia Neal, even better now that it comes in a 2-disc set. Younger generations will appreciate the 2008 version that stars Keanu Reeves.
Kids will also dig the effects in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Terminator fans, we haven't forgotten you. The Director's Cut of "Terminator Salvation", starring Christian Bale, will soon be out. And we never get enough of viewing "Wall-E".
Of course, no one can compete with iRobot when it comes to vacuums, and for the holidays they are offering special deals. In fact, this year we are putting one under our tree. Purchase a 400 series and get a free pet upgrade. A 500 series includes a brush pack and a 300 series Scuba will get you either cleaning solution or replenish kit. And, by the way, shipping is free with purchases over $59.00.
There is no way to compete with Schylling. We recommend the Small Lilliput, the High Wheel and our fave, the Chrome Planet Robot. This R2-D2 is part of the original figures from the first Star Wars and is a limited edition with its interlocking base and electronic beeps.
WowWee's Alive White Tiger Cub has realistic fur with sensors in his head and back to respond. He makes baby feline noises and works by remote. The company puts out a whole slew of robotic pets including their Mini Leopard Cub.
Also furry is Playskool's Stomper's Triceratops that we recently reviewed and personally adored. Playskool also puts out Monty T-Rex who not only moves and roars, he sneezes and plays tunes.
We had to include one of this year's hottest toys. Zhu Zhu Hamsters may replace Elmo. They chirp, zip across the floor and each has their own personality. Choose between Mr. Squiggles, Pipsqueek, Num Nums and Chunk. Try to remember at some point that your kid(s) will want the Go Go Funhouse and the Adventure Ball. (Hurry up when ordering these guys as they were featured on "Nightline," so you know they are going to sell out quickly.)
The FurReal Chocolate Lab Puppy can be a fun and worry free pet. And, although he has no fur, we had to include Interactive Wall-E.
The 10 1/4" Robbie the Robot Talking Alarm Clock says, "Wake Up Wake Up" as his chest moves, strobe lights go off and his antenna spins. Clocky will amuse kids or force your spouse/partner out of bed in the a.m. as he jumps from your nightstand up to 3 feet high.
The first robot designed for girls (and boys who like them,) Tekno's Sakura
tells fortunes, gives compliments and fashion tips, dances and answers "yes" and "no" questions. The macho XPV R.A.D. Robotic Air Defense flies as fast as 30 mph and up to 20 stories. It comes with rechargeable battery and includes repair kit.
Now that Toy Story has been re-released in 3D, you probably know someone who would love this electronic Buzz Lightyear. He talks, makes sound effects, his wings pop out and he can take anyone to infinity and beyond. Don't forget about Tribot, who is about half the price that he was last year.
The Unofficial Lego Mindstorms NXT Inventor's Guide (Paperback) will give any robotics freak fresh ideas. If history is more to his/her liking, Robot traces back AIs from their roots.
Wind-up Gort will walk even if you forget to say "Klaatu barada nikto." The Hog Wild Robot Calculator displays up to 8 digits and will be your best friend. His arms can hold pens, pencils and included nightlight, while his magnetic back holds paper clips.
We already told you about Chuck, the talking truck, and it seems that Tonka has an entire series of his pals (a couple of them a bit over $20.00.) Choose from Rowdy, the GarbageTruck, with spinning wheels, Boomer, the Fire Truck, who has lights and makes noise, and Handy, the Tow Truck, that can fetch the other three should they get lost. They may not respond like Chuck, but they are just as cute and colorful.
The 9" Mini-Femisapien runs on batteries, is posable and trots around the room. We didn't realize that Shrinky Dinks were still around until we found these robotic ones.
Nerds will love the fact that Olive Kids customized their Robot Bookmark. Remember to include a Kikkerland Cranky Desk Toy on your list for any friends who are stuck in cubicles all day.
Stocking Stuffers Under $5.00
Dover's Create Your Own Robot Sticker Activity Book would make a great stocking stuffer. Wind-up Volt is about 2" tall and can repair your other robots. The Cool Robot Note Pad measures 5 x 6" and has 50 sheets per pad.
The Mini Robopanda is only 7.5" but is tall enough to have poseable head and legs and blinking LED eyes. Wear your robot on your
sleeve jacket or shirt with an Iron On C3PO.
We cannot imagine any kid (or adult) wouldn't love a LEGO Mindstorm this year, especially since the NXT 2.0 was released. For the princess (or Prince) in your life, think Butterscotch the Pony that moves her head, blinks, wags her tail and responds to humans.
Dino freaks will prefer the roaring, laughing and movements of the 3 ft. tall
Kota and Pleo has been newly reborn. Tomy's I-SOBOT is half the price that it was last year.
Last but not least, don't forget the batteries! This should be your year to go eneloop. We have been using them for 2 years now in various small electronics and they are still going strong.
January 15, 2009
Hot Deal: VHS Bad Robot Movies
If you are still using your old reliable VCR while those around you are purchasing Blu-ray, this is the time to load up on some really bad B Robot Movies. We found 1993's Robot Wars for a mere $6.44, 1998's Robo Warriors at an amazing price starting at $.50, Robot Jox from 1990 for as little as $.90 and the animated Robots for only $3.00. Check out the link for more under $10.00.
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