As vending machines become more sophisticated they may go the way of the do-it-yourself Autowed or a library warehouse. So it is only logical that one of the next steps is Let's Pizza. Designed for malls, universities or even rest stops, the machine is already a hit in Italy and the UK. It provides freshly kneaded dough and toppings to create a pizza within 3 minutes. Designed by Claudio Torghele, who originally thought of making a machine with pasta, it may not have the same love as one from your local pizzeria, but it will get the job done.
Does anyone use chalkboards anymore? They have come a long way as evidenced by this vinyl Robot Board that can be applied to most surfaces and in most cases (the exception being wallpaper) can be easily removed. At a size of 28 x 22", it can be cleaned with a damp paper towel and comes with 2 pieces of chalk.
While you are redoing those other walls, why not add one of these Decals to protect and defend? Each is 17 x 22" and can be custom ordered in one of 30 colors. An application tool and tester decal is included with purchase.
Too lazy to make your bed? Then this one should be your next purchase. Spanish furniture makers OHEA has devised the Smart Bed that can make itself in 50 seconds. It will do this after three seconds of being empty when set on automatic mode. A mechanical arm rolls the covers up to the top of the bed while the pillows are straightened and set back down. No price is mentioned but we expect it to be one of those cases that if you have to ask how much it costs...
Make your own special occasion with the Robot Party 4M Kit. There are 20 invitations, crafts, games and instructions on building balloon-based robot racers. Thank you cards, cookie cutters and 3D glasses are also included.
If you prefer to make cupcakes instead of a cake, Meri Meri's Space Cadets Kit comes with 24 liners and toppers in 4 different designs including robots, aliens and space crafts.
The Whimsical Ceiling Fan Light Pull is 2" in length and attached to a 16", 18k-gold plated chain and connector. It can be used with an indoor fan or hanging lamp.
The One Hundred 80 Degrees Robot Alarm Clock comes in 6 assorted styles and is made of plastic. Each is 5.75", is LED lit and runs on batteries (not included.) A great gift for robot fans who are reticent to rise in the morning.
Titan the Robot has been around for several years singing, dancing and performing assorted schtik. Created by Cyberstein Robots in 2004, Titan stands 7' 3" and has gone through 5 different metamorphoses. The company's long term goal is to create a fully autonomous version.
We have to give Cyberstein credit for being able pique everyone's interest enough to get him booked at such events as the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix, the UK premiere of both iRobot and Real Steel, and on the UK version of Big Brother. Look for the possibility of Titan being one of the Torch bearers at the 2012 Olympics this summer in London.
While we were searching for appropriate video, we also came across the pseudo King Robota, an extreme disc jockey also available for parties who seems to do his best work at car shows. Maybe we can get them to participate in a Real Steel Match!
Meet Andru, an Android Robot USB Cell Phone Charger. At a size of 1.2 x 1.8 x 2.5", he comes with his own stand and cable. His eyes light up blue when charging and his arms and antennae are moveable.
Once charged, listen with a friend to most smartphones, MP3 Players and tablets with a 3.5mm socket with the Y-Bot Headphone Splitter. While earbuds are not included, the aqua-colored bot comes on a handy keychain.
This 4-Port Hub will keep any PC, Mac or laptop company. Attachable by USB, it supports both 1.1 and 2.0 transfer speeds. Its LED eyes light up when connected. Also available in blue, it comes with a USB cable.
To keep your MP3 Player earbuds, laptop or portable gaming system wires tidy, the Cord Wrapper will keep them out of the way and knotless, as well as keeping an eye out for evil bots.
Almost every day we seem to find more news about miniature drones being put to use in various scenarios. First there were those used for hotspots in places where there was no internet access, domestic police and fire departments are acquiring them and a couple of weeks ago The Pirate Bay blogged that they planned to use them to redirect traffic to secret servers.
Since an R/C vehicle could be easily tracked and the idea of keeping it secret seems unlikely, we tend to think it might have been a April Fools Day joke. What do you think?
Cover your iPhone 4 with this Robotic Skin Case and screen protector. Take your pick of one of 8 designs. Made of silicone, it has a textured surface and is easy to put on. Access to all ports is still available and the cover is washable.
If you prefer a friendlier bot, the Wall-e Case is made of hard plastic, fits the iPhone 4/4S and is both light and durable. You still have access to buttons, controls and ports and the hard cover protects against chipping, dirt and scratches.