Know someone who is having a baby soon? Start him/her off right with this robotic Security Blanket. Made of Angel Dear's super soft material, the blankie is 13 x 18" and machine washable. And for toddlers, the P'kolino geared Shape Sorter has blocks that drop inside the 3.5 x 7 x 11" jet pack, make a fun clunky noise and slide out the side. Made of wood and acrylic, it is recommended for ages 12 months and up.
Take a robot to lunch with this Stephen Joseph Snack Sac. It is easily cleanable, has a front pocket for extra munchies and an adjustable strap. And for those liquid lunches, this stainless steel Water Bottle is lined and insulated. The thermos is bpv, pvc and phthlate free and has a kid-friendly lid.
Faber Castell's Robot Kit not only encourages the arts of construction and decoration, it becomes a 7" x 5.5" nightlight when complete. Made from durable printed plastic, it has battery operated LED lights that change color as they protect the room from any horde of dark and evil bots that are hiding under the bed. (Two AA batteries not included.)
This Transformix LED Flashlight turns into a stationary lamp in three different styles. The company claims that the bulbs will last over 100,000 hours so if a disaster occurs, there will still be light for all. It needs a button cell battery (not included) to run.
Every roboticist needs at least one decent set of Bookends and these multi-colored ones are perfect for kids of every age. Each is 5.5 x 3.5 x 8", is hand-carved and painted and can be personalized.
And if time is your thing, this 9.5 x 9.5 x 9.5" Mudpuppy Wall Clock is made of fiberboard, printed with nontoxic ink and is phthalate free. Designed by Barn Eyes, it needs one AA battery (not included.)
Japan's Gundam Mini-Theme Park is finally opening its doors April 19 at Diver City Tokyo. The giant Mobile Suit RX-78 will find a permanent home there as well as a dome theater for showing videos, photo ops and displays. The entire park measures about 2,000 sq. meters and includes some Bandai gift shops and café. Adults admission is ¥$1,000 (~$23.00) and ¥800 (~10.00) for kids.
As long as we are on the subject of oversized toy robots, this commercial came on at the end of the Super Bowl and guess who its biggest star was?
In a recent study by research consultants Latitude, 350 students between the ages of 8 - 12 were asked to write and illustrate a short story depicting "What would happen if robots were a part of your everyday life at school and beyond?"
It turns out that 38% of them wanted one to learn with and another 38% preferred playing with one. However, kids in that age group tended to mix the two as they often see a robot as more human than adults. The study, Robots @ School, was supported by the LEGO Learning Institute and Project Synthesis, an Australia-based idea consultancy. No surprise there.
You have to learn to appreciate fellow bloggers when they relate embarrassing interesting encounters on their journeys. Such is the case of Mashable's Lance Ulanoff meeting Justin Bieber at the CES 2012 while in search of Tosy's mRobo Ultra Bass, a speaker system that can grow limbs and dance. Programmed with pre-recorded dance movements, it can hold up to 500 tunes in its 2 GB memory. Clearly, no one clued the Bieb in on just what he was promoting.
We digress, but after reading Ulanoff's odyssey when meeting the tween throb, from his offering to get him an iPhone mic to not realizing when a mini-idol says now, he means now, we have to admit that this video far surpassed the one designed to sign us all up to buy the $199 mRobo. Lance, remind me to tell you about that lunch I had with Sean Connery.
Remember Hauke Scheer's U.R.I.-NAL 9000? It seems that he is now the star of a new app for iPhone/touch/iPad. The free game has the user pointing, aiming and shooting at the little robotic dude. We hear that the game is so addicting that his creator is now inspired to turn him into an articulated PVC bot later this year.
Beef up your bar with these botty Swizzle Sticks made of acrylic with ceramic heads. The set of four come in different styles and are each 9" long. And for those who prefer wine, the double lever Corkscrew has a standard spiral with cap lifter and is made of stainless steel.