July 27, 2012

Must Have: Robot Miniatures

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Like collecting robot miniature figures and also the element of surprise? Then you will really appreciate not knowing which of these twelve 3" Disney Vinylmation Robots you will get until you open the box.

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We also found a variation of the Nesting Bots we found sometime back. These 6 Bot Matryoshkas , made of toy-safe ABS plastic, range in height from 3 1/4"- 3/4".

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July 20, 2012

Must Have: Affordable Robot Vacuums

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The P3 P4920 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner is certainly affordable but is best used for picking up dust, animal fur and small crumbs. It has no brush and can get stuck more often than other robotic vacuums. It is probably best used on tile or wood, although the claim is that it can do carpet. The 11.5 x 11.25" P3 comes with 12 rechargeable batteries and AC adapter.

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Interestingly enough, there is a budget-minded Dirt Devil RoomMate as well that is meant for hard floors. At a size of 12.3 x 14.6", it has a 50 minute run time with rechargeable batteries, dual cleaning brushes and step avoidance protection.

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July 13, 2012

Must Have: Robot Wearables

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Robot jewelry can even come in nerdish varieties as evidenced by this purple metal Necklace with cubic zirconium eyes. With a claw clasp, it measures about 18" in length with a 1.5 x 1.25" pendant.

Combine robots and mood jewelry and you get this Bracelet that can tell if you are stressed out, calm, passionate, angry, happy or just plain lovable. The bot is metal and its band is stretchable for all sizes.

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July 6, 2012

Must Have: Roomba Represents in Breaking Bad

Just as Spielberg showed a shark's eye view in Jaws (because the mechanized one kept breaking,) you can get a view from a Roomba. During "Breaking Bad," season 4, episode 2, the bot makes its way past partygoers in Jesse Pinkman's (Aaron Paul) house. If you get a chance to view the entire episode, you will see a quick odd cameo from actor/producer Bryan Cranston (Walter White) in a full head of hair and beard. We love this show!

Via Breaking Bad

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June 15, 2012

Must Have: Prometheus Star Android David

While this video clip is a bit eerie, it remains to be seen if the public finds Michael Fassbender's performance in "Prometheus" believable as David. He plays an advanced android that says he understands human emotions although he does not have them.

Both he and costar Noomi Rapace were interviewed recently on Charlie Rose. Fassbender said that he took director Ridley Scott's advice to watch several movies to come up with the character including "Lawrence of Arabia", (hence the hair tribute,) and Dirk Bogart as "The Servant."

Speaking of bot movies, we finally got around to watching The Real Steel. If you can ignore the overly smarmy performance of Dakota Goyo as Max and put up with a plot that is a cross between Rocky, any stereotypical romantic 70's flick (boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back,) and plot number 4 (father and son reunite and make nice) it is still worth catching for the special effects.

Via Robot Movies

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June 8, 2012

Must Have: VTech Switch & Go Dinos

VTech has come up with a new line of electronic transformers aptly named Switch & Go Dinos. Each can go from dinosaur to vehicle simply and features an LCD display with animation. Sliver the T-Rex utters 50 phrases and sounds and his eyes can be custom set. Also available are Horns the Triceratops, Tonn the Stegosaurus and T-Don the Pteranodon who perform the same actions and sounds. Two AAA batteries run the dinobots (included) and the toys are sure to be an early entry to the 2012 holiday season in spite of the lame commercial.

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June 1, 2012

Must Have: The Reinvented Furby

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Our own Furby is taking up residence in the closet these days, but Tiger Electronics has decided to reinvent it with the Taboo for the upcoming holiday season. Then again, because it is so far just a rumor, maybe it is a post-April Fools Day prank. The creepy endearing facial parts may have been replaced by an LCD screen and we expect that this time around the fuzzy robopet can learn to speak a little quicker, since we never really got the hang of its original language, Furbish.

Via Daily Mail

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May 25, 2012

Must Have: DIY Robot Party

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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.

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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.

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May 18, 2012

Must Have: How To Fight Robotic Takeover

Best selling author Daniel H. Wilson is a robotics expert, so who better to let us know how humans can defend themselves against a robotic takeover? The eye-catching video is by Epipheo and the author of Robopocalypse: A Novel adds his expertise on the subject. It is certainly never too soon to plan ahead and keep an eye out for those glowing red eyes.

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May 11, 2012

Must Have: Robot Accessories

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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.

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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.

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