December 11, 2008

R2-D2 TP Holder, For A Cleaner Endor

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We have found R2-D2 Soy Sauce Bottle, Tooth Brush Holder, and even a Backpack. This time, the Japanese company Ensky has created a Roll Tissue cover. At a size of 8.66 x 7.87 x 4.92", you can pre-order for $33.90 from NCSX for a March delivery. Until then, you will just have to keep utilizing your Charmin to defend your bathroom disasters.

Via NCSX

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December 10, 2008

Red Robot Dresser Keeps Your Undies Safe

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In France it may be a "commode robot rouge avec tablette," but for those who speak English, this translates into a "convenient red robot with shelf." The dresser stands 95cm high and is made of painted wood. Besides the top shelf, the robotic furniture has four drawers and a swiveling head which can perhaps advise you when your socks do not match. This is no prototype. You can have your own for €89,00 (~$112.00.)

Via Robopolis

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November 25, 2008

Robot Lamp Protects

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While we know that some robots want to kill us humans when we sleep, this Robot Lamp will warm up your bedroom, office, or bathroom and keep away the bad ones while spreading electronic love. Made of polypropylene, the light is 50cm tall, has a black plug, switch and cable, and a £24.99 (~$37.99) price.

Via Robot Lamp

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November 13, 2008

Robot Toothbrush Holder Cleans Up

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Now there is a Robot Toothbrush holder to go with your TP Holder. At a size of 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5", it comes with a suction cup holder and will also support a razor, thermometer, or magic wand. The robots come blind-boxed, which means you don't get to choose the color, but at a price of only $8.00, we figure that is a really fair deal.

Via Urban Outfitters

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November 1, 2008

Robot Snob 2008 Holiday Gift Guide

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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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October 30, 2008

Robotic Jewelry Means "I Dig Bots"

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Plasticland carries many gift bots for those who like to express their passion, including this Mini Metal Robot Key Chain by Kikkerland for $12.00 and the Lucite Robot Love Pendant Necklace for $22.00. Check out their site for even more ideas.

Via Plasticland

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October 24, 2008

Giant Robot Forces UK To Recycle

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Tower Hamlets is utilizing a 6 meter high robot to help promote its recycling program named "We Can Recycle More." The UK's "Mr. Recycle More" was made out of 33 bins and wanders around the streets in search of trashy people who are littering. Upon finding them, it will personally and painfully recycle them. We are just kidding about that last part, but seeing something that large would make you want to wrap those newspapers and cut down on your styrofoam usage, now wouldn't it?

Via Let's Recycle

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October 20, 2008

Elbot Passes For Human, Almost

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Elbot is a computer program disguised as a bot onscreen that recently won the Leobner Prize for Artificial Intelligence. The program actually fooled 4 of the 12 humans that questioned him to see if he was live. If you push his red button on the site below, you can chat with him, too.

This begs the question, "Are you sure that your latest chatroom bud is a person?" If you are not sure, head to Artificial Solutions main site and chat with Frank, a really creepy interactive AI that when we posted "LOL" responded, "Happy user, happy robot."

Via Elbot

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October 14, 2008

TOKYObay Robot Clocks and Charms

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We think that TOKYObay's Robot Latch Clip Charms and Clocks are just too cute. In a world where most robots are scary, these guys are must haves for anyone who wants a kinder robotic world. The Charms are 2" tall, have moveable arms and legs, and are available for $15.00. The various timepieces are also posable and can be yours for $36.00 - $48.00.

Via TOKYObay

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October 9, 2008

Think Robot For Halloween

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Halloween will be here before you know it. We went shopping and found several costumes for your robotically inclined kids at reasonable prices. The list includes:

Rodney Copperbottom, Transformer Bumble Bee, and
R2-D2
. If you want to go top of the line robot, Wall-E comes in a one size fits all with this costume (gloves and mask included) for $84.99.

Via Amazon Costumes at Rodney Copperbottom, Transformer Bumble Bee,
R2D2
, Wall-E

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