March 13, 2009

Must Have: Terminator Bots

Yahoo has gone to great lengths to uncover rumors concerning "Terminator Salvation," which will debut May 21 (Memorial Day weekend.) While we don't know if any or all of them are true (besides the Christian Bale rant,) we do know that this film will showcase a sh**load of robots, as you can see from the trailer, and as such makes the Terminator our Must Have this week.


Not only does it make us want to re-screen the original "Terminator" and sequels, we may just splurge on the Collector's Edition and greedily surround ourselves with action figures.

(Thanks, Mike)

Via Yahoo Movies at Terminator

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March 6, 2009

Must Have: FUNKit Robot in DJ Disguise

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We thought this robotic DJ was strange enough for a second glance and deserved our Must Have this week. The KNG FUNKit DJ Animated Speaker System for iPod dances and scratches to the beat. The built-in docking station amplifies, charges and syncs iPod 3G and 4G, iPod video, iPod photo, iPod mini, and iPod nano while pre-programmed lights flash in sequence. Available in silver or black, FUNKit has an auxiliary input for other music players and an output of 6W.

Via FUNKit DJ

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February 27, 2009

Must Have: OWI RocKit Robot Kit

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OWI has been making kits for a while now, so good that they win awards. If your kids (or you) are getting started in robotics, try the RocKit Robot, our Must Have this week. The kit comes with a pre-soldered electronic circuit board, motor, 3 wheels and plastic body parts. When completed, its built-in sensor reacts to sound, vibration or physical contact. The 4 1/2 x 5 x 3 1/2" bot moves forward until it hears a high-pitched sound or a clap. Think of it as a Clap-on on steroids. You will need some basic hand tools and 2 AA batteries to build the RocKit.

Via RocKit Robot

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February 20, 2009

Must Have Robot: Kikkerland Wind-up Toys

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We all crave humanoid bots as they feature the latest in technology, but we still have to salute their forerunners, Kikkerland wind-up toys, our Must Have this week. The 2" Spinney, like most of the toys, is made of stainless steel with PVC boots and can skitter and dance across your desk top. The insect-like Cranky is 6.3 x 3.2 x 2.5" and has plenty of gears and spokes to amuse. Sparklz is the newest addition to the line with an oversized key and a size of 3 x 3.5". He shoots off sparks! The 2.5" sq. Cozmojetz occasionally likes to walk on his head while the 5" Bonga can climb over obstacles that gets in his way. Finally, we cannot forget the 3" Katita, the hero of the group. It's easy to see why the company has been successful for 17 years.

Via Kikkerland Wind-Up Toys

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February 13, 2009

Must Have Robot: Pleo

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It seems that Ugobe, the parents of Pleo, have been undergoing some financial hardships like the rest of the country. In the past six months, the company has gone through 2 CEOs, closed its California office and reduced its staff to 20 in its headquarters in Boise, Idaho. Over 100,000 of the robotic dinosaurs have been sold since its January 2007 launch. Current President and COO Doug Swanson says, "Not only are we alive but we are busy."

Ugobe plans on updating their pet and have plans to come out with another product sometime this year. Because we don't want our fave pleosaurus to become extinct, we make Pleo our Must Have of the week.

Via TPile at Pleo

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February 6, 2009

Must Have Robot: Protective Lamp

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We found a robot lamp last week that was pretty cool, but there is always room for one more, especially when he is about half the price and comes with his own weapons. This warrior bot is made with polyresin with a paper shade and needs a 40W bulb (not included) to survive. At a size of 9 1/2 x 17 1/2", our Must Have this week can protect you and yours for only $15.37.

Via Robot Lamp

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January 30, 2009

Must Have Robot: Minoru 3D Webcam

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Minoru (which means "Reality" in Japanese) is a 3D webcam. Hook him up to your PC and his eyes light up. The recipients of your image will see you in 3D on any IM, OoVoo, Skype or other messaging program. Apparently, you can also take 3D images and videos and upload them to YouTube or other social networks. Minoru's software has stereoscopic anaglyphic processing to enable the technology and he is attachable by USB. He comes with 5 pairs of glasses so others can view the 3D imaging when they are not watching episodes of "Chuck". The device also doubles as a standard 2D webcam. We don't know if this is a feasible product at $89.95, but he is cute enough to warrant our Must Have robot this week.

Via Minoru

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January 23, 2009

Must Have Robot: Furby

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Speaking of Furby, it just passed its 20th anniversary. The first generation was conceived by Tiger Electronics in 1988 and over 40 million units of one the first autonomous robots were sold. We never got one, because for a while there they were in such demand they cost up to hundreds of dollars. But a couple of years ago, we noticed that they were selling online for $19.99. We bought one for our cat, thinking she would appreciate the company. No such luck. Our poor Furby spends most of his time now in the closet, at least until he achieves antique status (he has already doubled in value.) In honor of the anniversary, we name the Furby our Must Have this week.

Via Furby


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January 16, 2009

Must Have Robot: Rosie the Robot

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We think that one of our first exposures to robotics had to be Rosie from "The Jetsons," the ultimate service bot. We loved her so much that we have made her our Must Have robot this week. This Funko "Wacky Wobbler" is about 7" tall, comes in her own themed window box and is made of PVC plastic. Best of all, you can put her on your desk or dashboard for only $10.90.

Via Jetsons Rosie the Robot


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January 9, 2009

Must Have Robot: Elektra the Robot Girl

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We don't know why, but robots have a tendency to be male. We came across Elektra the Robot Girl made by Schylling and decided she rates as our Must Have of the week. She is 5" tall, works by a key to wind her up and also features an on/off switch. If you do not have a fembot in your collection, this is an inexpensive choice for $20.95.

Via Robotoys

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