October 15, 2010

Must Have: Robot Costumes For All

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Make this Halloween full flung family fun with robot costumes in all sizes. There is one for toddlers and one in sizes 4 - 6.

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There is also a costume for medium and larger kids and one for adults that won't give away your real identity.

Via Robot Costumes


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October 8, 2010

Must Have: RC Iron Man

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The 5.2 x 12 x 14" RC Iron Man from Hasbro will boldly go into battle with lights and sounds that will scare the evil Ivan Vanko away. If that doesn't work, fire off his four missiles. That'll teach 'em. The metallic dude comes with ammo, targets and batteries to get you going.

Via Hasbro RC Iron Man

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September 24, 2010

Must Have: Mint Duster/Mopper

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The Mint has finally arrived. The automatic dusting/wet mopping robot will make you send your baby Swiffer to a corner, even though you can use its cleaning cloths when the ones that come with the cleaning bot run out. Developed by NorthStar, its square design helps it in corners and sensors help it adapt to differing environments and floor types. It goes 3 hours on a charge, works under furniture and is mostly low maintenance.

Via The Mint

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September 17, 2010

Must Have: Crabs and Inchworm Hexbugs

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Hexbugs now come in Crabs and Inchworms. Add them to your current collection, register them online and track your Nano collection. They come in various colors, can creep out your friends, family and pets and are less than 4" long so you can spook out the next cubicle.

Via Hexbugs

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September 10, 2010

Must Have: RoboCup for Golfers

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The RoboCup is an ingenious little device that will return your practice putts, even if you don't quite make the hole. It works at a distance of up to 14 ft., runs on 4 AA batteries (not included) and is good for over 12,000 returns. Designed for any kind of terrain, set it and its accompanying cord up on your carpet or back yard turf and let the practice begin.

Via RoboCup

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September 3, 2010

Must Have: RC Skitterbots

Desk Pets has developed Skitterbots, 2" RC bots that claim to be the fastest insectoids around. They come in seven different colors and can race on their 6 legs at about one foot per second. Each can run on its built-in battery for 15 minutes after a 30 min. charge. Owning one will definitely illicit an 'ick' factor and two can race around your house or office.

Via Skitterbots

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August 27, 2010

Must Have: Two Automated Pet Sitters

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Let the Talk to Me Treat Ball amuse your dog when you haven't the time. The orb systematically speaks with a message that you record and dispenses treats randomly when your pooch rolls it around. Expect a fairly chunky pooch if you let him/her play too long.

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And if your dog/cat likes to chase lights, the Frolicat Laser Bolt generates patterns automatically or manually. Insert 4 AA batteries (not included,) place it on a surface and it will run for 15 minutes at a time.

Via Interactive Pet Toys


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August 20, 2010

Must Have: U.R.I.-NAL 9000

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As promised, we couldn't wait to show you the work of Hauke Scheer and his company Scheer Imagination. This U.R.I.-NAL 9000 is astounding in its detail and we are so pleased that Hauke sent us one all the way from Germany to keep us company. Made of resin, this will surely be a collector's item.

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Because we suspected that Hauke was as much into robots as we are, we decided to ask him a few questions and found that his talent and sense of humor are certainly worth the read.

I understand U.R.I. is a limited edition?

Yes, this medium grey colored variant is limited to 50 figures. However if they sell well I will produce more figures with different colors variations. Those will probably have higher production numbers so the medium grey variant will be the most valuable over time.

Is there a real U.R.I.-NAL 9000?

Unfortunately, no. I designed this character simply to be a fun toy figure. However a lot of people have told me they would love to have a real working one. So if there is some robot company out there that would be interested in producing a real one, I would love to hear from them. :-)

Do you foresee one in the future?

Well, you never know. It would be fun having hundreds of urinals walking through town on a Saturday night.

What was your inspiration?

I actually made another toilet robot before. That one was just meant to be a spoof on those cute Disney characters that are made from household items, like the ones in 'Beauty and the Beast.' However, I was always a little dissatisfied with that one because apart from being funny, the design did not make much sense. I decided to give it another try and come up with something that would kind of work in the real world. So the idea for the U.R.I.-NAL 9000 was born.

Will you be making any future robot figures?

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Sure. I love robots and cyborgs and those will always be part of my work. The latest robot I created was the Flying Fridgebot from my Bionic Bjoern Figure Series. A prototype figure for that one is currently in development. The fridge will actually open and close and have some beer cans in it.

How did your career in the arts start?

I studied 3D modeling at the Vancouver Film School. Afterwards, I worked on a couple of small computer games as well as in advertisement. But during all that time I was always working on personal projects as well creating several of the characters I am now selling as figures on my website.

How long have you been an artist?

I have created science fiction and fantasy characters since I was in my teens. I started 3D modeling in my twenties when I was at university. My professional career started when I went to Vancouver Film School.

Do you make each one or just the first?

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All the figures are actually sculpted and produced by a professional toy company in China. I send them various pictures of my 3D art so they can sculpt the figures to my designs. I wrote an article on the whole process a little while ago that can still be found in the notes sections of my Facebook page.

How does one make something out of resin?

Basically you have to create a silicone mold from your original sculpture and then you can start casting away in resin. You can get both the silicone for making the mold and the resin for casting in most art shops. Since you do not need expensive steel molds like you do with plastic figures, resin is used both by large manufacturers as well as hobby modelers.

Do you still do work for video games and advertisements?

At the moment I am concentrating on my own work and getting my figure business up and running properly. However, I am always interested in cool projects in either the video game or the advertisement industry.

What will be your next creation?

I am currently working on a series of animations for my Bionic Bjoern figure series. This one and others can be seen here. I will create various friends and enemies of Bionic Bjoern for these animations. However most of them exist currently only in my mind. :-)

How can your fans get in touch with you?

You can buy my figures here.
My art can be seen on this site.
If people want to get updated on upcoming figures they can become a fan of my company Scheer Imagination on Facebook.
Or they can just email me at: contact(at)scheer-imagination.com.

Thanks for your time and U.R.I, Hauke. Best of luck in all your endeavors!

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August 13, 2010

Must Have: Eve USB Hub Interacts

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Two years after the release of the movie "Wall-E",
Disney continues to allow licensed products to keep it alive. We found this Eve USB 2.0 Hub with 4 ports that is both Mac and PC compatible. At a size of 2 1/4 x 2 1/8 x 3 1/4," she has adjustable arms, rubberized wheels and her eyes light up when connected.

Via Eve USB Hub


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August 6, 2010

Must Have: WowWee Roboscooper

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By their own admission, WowWee's answer to Wall-E is Roboscooper, who will clean up on most types of terrain. With 6 wheels and multi-directional mobility, he can chat it up or issue sound effects while clearing an area or whacking objects. The mini service bot needs 6 AAA batteries and should ship the end of August at a price of $70.00. We will keep our eyes peeled for his arrival.

Via WowWee

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