Chip is a friendly desk organizer that is multi-colored and made of MDF with metal and flex magnet accents. At a size of 6 x 2.5 x 7", he can hold pencils, pens, paper, paper clips or other accessories (not included.)
Match Chip up with a 6 x 6 x 1/16" Janna Salak Love Does Not Compute Desk Clock. Made of high grade aluminum, it has a high gloss finish, is UV coated and is scratch-resistant. A single AA battery is not included but a transparent, acrylic stand is.
Provide your kidlet with a Robot Flashlight that is not only safe for those aged 3 years and up, it has bendable limbs to encourage interaction. Made by the good folks at Little Tikes who are famous for their safe and child-friendly products, it has both straight light and blinking mode. An auto shut-off sensor helps conserve the 2 AAA batteries (included.)
If you want a slightly more macho flashlight that saves even more energy, the Lego Dynamo Flashlight is 7.5" tall and has a hand crank that should give you about 5 hours of light. Also poseable, it features 2 white LED lights and rechargeable NiMH batteries.
Leave it to Takara Tomy to come up with yet another robotic toy that does not need tending. The Robo Fish depends on two watch batteries that propel it up and down. That movement makes it appear that it is randomly rooting around for food. So far only available in Japan, the fishbots come in 4 different models and carry a MSRP of ￥2,980 (~$38.00)
On the other hand, if you don't want to wait for it to be imported, Fincredibles put out a Fish Bowl with a pseudo clown fish that will annoy swim endlessly with an additional benefit of changing LED lighting. The electronic bowl needs 3AA batteries (included.)
Make your own robot family with mix and match decals for your vehicle. A total of 50 pieces can used to make parents, kids and pets. The kit is large enough for at least two cars and a few windows. Find them for $11.99 per set.
We also found a 12" wide Star Wars Decal that includes Chewbacca, Hans Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C3PO and R2-D2. White is the default color but you can specify another color or even a different size. The VinylDisorder decal will set you back $8.00.
Instead of wearing your heart on your sleeve or investing in a mood ring, you can display your true emotions with Necomimi, a headband with cat ears that become animated when flex your brain waves. Designed by Tomonori Kagava, the appendages droop when you are relaxed and perk up when you concentrate or feel excited. We were a bit skeptical of the $99.95 ears until Jimmy Kimmel made Guillermo test them out. The headband works for 4 hours when supplied with 4x AAA batteries (not included.)
There are plenty of Kickstarter projects that we never report on, but this one has apparently been embraced by the public and will become a reality. Stompy is a humongous 6-legged bot suitable of the nearest disaster or amusement park. Project Hexapod is a group based in Somerville, MA. The arachnibot will have two drivers, an engine size of 135 horsepower, a weight of 4,000 lbs., a speed of 2 - 3 mph and can even walk through water.
One leg and 80% of the chassis has been built. Hmm, Stompy reminds us of another New England giant robot that rose to fame, eh Jaimie?
Little Acorn's Decorative Pillow features 4 friendly robots with embroidered details. The 12 x 16" cushion is made of hypoallergenic polyester and its linen cotton cover is washable
The same company also puts out a set of Placemats. Who could describe the set of four any better than the company itself?
"Make mealtime fun, and be good to the environment at the same time with our patented placemats. Cleverly designed to hold utensils and napkins in a fun and silly way that nurtures children's imaginations, while mealtime nurtures their tummies."
After spending a mere $200.00 on parts, a team of students from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Spain came up with a prototype robot that can create 3D shapes from sand or dirt. Powered by the sun and controlled with CAD software, it uses a nontoxic binding agent to make the sand sculptures permanent.
The team is hoping that the Stone Spray Robot can be used for building bridges or as a green way of creating housing after natural disasters. For now they are working on the nozzle to make it more precise and adding the solar panel on the robot itself.
When Carnegie Mellon's Robot Hall of Fame selects its honorees, the task generally falls to those in the industry. However, this year mere humans who simply dig robots can determine the final vote. Nominees include Wall-E, Rosie, Jason (used to find the Titanic,) iRobot's Packbot, PR2 and Robonaut.
Internet voting will select the four laureates from a field of 12 nominees and will include both fictional and real bots. So go online before Sept. 30 and decide who you want to receive the prestigious prize. Winners will be inducted Oct. 23.
RobotAppStore.com has launched a Wikipedia for the botty crowd. Created by RAS's founder Elad Inbar, he claims that 70% of their calls ask for more information about their apps. Robopedia features articles for both beginners and super robotic geeks and everyone is encouraged to add to or edit the site. Both past and present robots are included with details like components and concepts.
By the way, if you have never visited the Robot App Store, there are plenty of free and low cost applications.
Ripley, eat your heart out. For a mere $1.35 million, you can get your own Kuratas Mobile Suit. Made by Suidobashi Heavy Industries, it was designed by artist Kogoro Kurata and robotics expert Wataru Yoshizaki. After getting in its "cockpit", the user can move arms, torso and wheels and make phone calls.
Its Lohas Launcher fires off BBs from its twin gatling guns if the pilot smiles. They insist that this will not actually hurt anyone. The Karatas operates under the OS Vi-Sido, runs on diesel fuel and can even be operated without someone being inside. Let's not forget the humongous warrior is customizable so if you add camouflage, no one will ever suspect you are out to get them.
Robots go plushie with this 18" Robot Throw Pillow. Stuffed with polyfill, it has embroidered accents and would make a fine addition to any robot-loving human. Pair it up with a Bottle Buddy by Stephen Joseph, a nylon mesh cover with adjustable straps, and you get a pair of botty buds.
Like collecting robot miniature figures and also the element of surprise? Then you will really appreciate not knowing which of these twelve 3" Disney Vinylmation Robots you will get until you open the box.
We also found a variation of the Nesting Bots we found sometime back. These 6 Bot Matryoshkas , made of toy-safe ABS plastic, range in height from 3 1/4"- 3/4".