April 2, 2009

iRobot Warrior X700, Robot of Mass Detruction


This is no cutesy Roomba. The new iRobot Warrior X700 is being prepared for urban warfare. Weighing about 250 lbs., it can haul 500 lbs., 150 of them with its arm alone. Available by the second half of next year, the bot can go 10 miles per hour to deploy weapon systems or needed supplies to troops and can perform some functions autonomously. Even scarier, the X700 can fire a machine gun or 40mm round of explosives and one variant can shoot 16 rounds a second simultaneously from four barrels. As of now, the company hasn't perfected its return to base if communications are lost. We certainly hope it can tell the difference between a good guy and a bad guy and, for that matter, a civilian.

Via Defense News

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March 23, 2009

i-Toad Disguises Roomba


Why have just an ordinary Roomba when you can make yourself an iToad? The cover consists of felted wool with glass eyes attached and its elbows are sensors. The description claims, " Works independently, requiring no supervision or instructions." There is not much to say about the creation after you see the video of the horned toad except that somebody has way too much time on his/her hands.

Via i-Toad

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January 20, 2009

Looj V.2 Displayed at CES 2009


At the recent CES, iRobot unveiled their 2nd generation Looj, a 2008 Best of Innovations Award winner. The gutter cleaning bot now has an internal antenna, an anti-flipping auger, is faster, and its battery can be changed without a screwdriver. The company says that the remake is a result of customer input. We think that anything that keeps us from having to climb a ladder to do that nasty chore is well worth its $129.99 price. Look for it this spring, after the icicles finally melt.

Via iRobot Gutter Cleaning Looj

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January 15, 2009

SAM Telescopes Aid Robotic Spies

We weren't quite sure what this was about at first glance. Sometimes we are not the brightest bulbs in the chandeliers. But when we see "military" and "iRobot" in the same article, our curiosity is peaked. It turns out that the Situational Awareness Mast (also known as Zippermast) telescopes from Geosystems can make a cam on a UGV check out the higher heights. This video is proof enough for us.

Via Defense Tech

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November 26, 2008

Let it Snow With Roofus


Because iRobot has yet to create a winterized Roomba, perhaps a viable alternative is to adopt Roofus. The bot can collect and dump snirt (dirty snow) both autonomously and by remote. Designed by Michal Glogowski, the prototype can also be used with attachments to mow your lawn and clean your house. Roofus has 2 electric motors, caterpillar tracks and sensors on each side for navigation.

Via Yanko

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November 24, 2008

Cat Takes a Ride on Roomba

This video pretty much speaks for itself. It looks like this cat likes Roomba as much as Radar likes Elmo.

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November 14, 2008

Must Have Robot: iRobot Wall-E Roomba


It's a double Must Have Robot Friday. "Wall-E" is coming to home video Nov. 18. Pre-order the Blu-ray Three-Disc Special Edition for $22.99 now to get one for the holidays for family fun. You also get a download. There is a widescreen single DVD available for $16.99.


If you are an extreme fan of the movie bot, iRobot has teamed with Disney/Pixar to create a limited Wall-E themed 530 Roomba. Due to come out the 20th, 400 special editions are similar to others of the series. It will clean three rooms with help of wall transmitters and knows to return to its dock for a recharge. Contact iRobot if you can cough up the $860.00 deluxe price.

Via electronista

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November 1, 2008

Robot Snob 2008 Holiday Gift Guide


Robotics can get to be quite expensive, as those of us at Robot Snob know. But with the economy being the way it is, we have scanned the Net to find the best bots for fewer bucks. We have included categories by the budget as well as kids' stuff, those for adults, and some for DIY fans. Happy shopping with our First Annual Gift Guide!

Under $50.00

Grandport has several kits for those who are just getting started in robotics. With brightly colored pieces and plastic pieces that snap together, choose from Tarmo, Sumobot, and TouchMe. Solarbotic's Herbie the Mouse needs some soldering, but will keep anyone amused by his battery-powered antics. Discovery's Kids Electronic Gadget Lab can make over 100 projects with 30 snap pieces.

Under $25.00

There are many robots that may do a little less, but can amuse adults and children alike for under $25.00. Most of them have been out for awhile, and as we all know, the longer an electronic is out, the more outdated it is, and the price drops. But kids and those who are not yet robotically inclined will love one of these.

The WowWee Robotics Roboquad is one of these. Originally about $90.00, you can now get one for $23.97. WowWee also has other bots for little funds, such as their Mini Robosapien V2, the Mini Robopanda and the blue R/C FlyTech Dragonfly. We have shown you this one before, but the Discovery Build Your Own Robot Kit is a great kit for amateurs.

Under $10.00

There are plenty of windup stocking stuffers and miniature bots for those on a super-budget. Our selections include Schylling's Classic Windup Robot, the Galactic Robot Windup, SparkDino, Boogie Bots, the Mazinger Z Wind-up Tin Toy and the Mini Robot Tin.

Over $100.00

If money is no object, at the top of the list has to be our fave Sesame Street character, Elmo Live. Although they will be in short supply, we think it is worth the effort to find one, although you may end up paying more than the current list price of around $60.00. We also suggest a Pleo, who becomes more affordable all the time, and have new applications every time we turn around.

For pets, althought the Litter Robot LRII Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box seems a tad expensive, think what a great gift this would be for yourself! And we cannot leave out our favorite module Lego Mindstorms NXT, the do-it-yourself kit that is so popular that it has its own site.

Robot Vacuums

Of course, iRobot has the perfect gifts for those who hate household chores. Now there are several Roombas available. The original Roomba cleans both carpet and bare floors and starts at a mini-price of $129.99. The Scooba will clean the scummiest of bathroom and kitchen floors. It preps, washes, scrubs and squeegees on wood, linoleum, and other surfaces. The Dirt Dog cleans up sawdust, small nails, nuts and bolts, and is the perfect gift for wives that want to hint around to their mates. The Verro is perfect for those who can't afford poolboys, while the Looj is a good way to erase something off the honey-do list. Don't forget the ConnectR that allows you to see and chat with family and friends. There are limited supplies of the ConnectR, but you can get on their mailing list for future availability.

DIY Kits

If you have someone in your life who prefers the DIY route, try one of these suggestions. Trossen has a wide variety of them that include their humanoid kits come in all price ranges. They also have kits for beginners that are not only fun, but will get your child on the early road to robotics.

Movie Robots

Let's not forget those Movie bots. Although we covet the can-do-it-all U Command Wall-E any fan of the film and iPods would settle for the i-Dance WALL-E for less than $20.00. Transformer fans will surely love the Deluxe Payload Armored Truck. Movies are always welcome for the holidays and a really fine way to keep your kids occupied when you are exhausted from all the festivities. We recommend Robots or I, Robot for teens. Finally, if you have never seen the movie Short Circuit (from 1986), this is a fun family fare for the holidays.

Plush Robots

For younger kids, try one of Hasbro's FurReal Friends. Their collection includes Squawkers McCaw Parrot to the more affordable Newborn Chimp, Kitten, Dalmation Puppy and Honey Bear, all of which are under $20.00. Buy more than one at a time and they are even less expensive.

Robot Gifts for Toddlers and Babies

Finally, let's not forget the little ones. If you know someone who recently added a newcomer to the family, how about a Robots : People of the Future or this Robots Love Dancing Onesie? There is even a plush Disney Meet the Robinsons 10" Carl the Robot Doll.

Still haven't found what you want? Keep checking in the weeks ahead with us and we will be relentless in our search to make this holiday affordable for all our botty friends. Let us know in our comment section if you find something that will make others gleeful this season.

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September 30, 2008

iRobot Gets Over $5 Million for PackBot Parts


iRobot has announced that it was given a $5.8 million order from the U.S. Army to deliver spare parts and accessories for their PackBot 510 with FasTac Kit. The bots investigate suspicious objects, identify roadside bombs and other explosive devices, and allow humans to keep a safe distance away. iRobot has already delivered over 1,800 PackBots, and with this latest contract they will be providing them with updated controllers, manipulators and cams.

Via Market Watch

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September 22, 2008

Limited Edition Hello Kitty Roomba - Meow!


Cutesy alert! iRobot has a new Roomba. The Limited Edition Hello Kitty version will be available September 30. At a price of ¥84,500 (~$810.00,) only 500 are available. If you want one to get your kids to clean up, visit the Japanese iRobot page for this version of their Classic Roomba.


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