July 21, 2009

BERTIs Sing to UK Museum

Recently 3 BERTI robots made another appearance at the London Science Museum. Since the museum is now 100 years old, the bots sang happy birthday in its honor. Perhaps they could hire them out as singing telegrams.


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July 6, 2009

G1 Optimus Prime Protects and Plays Music


This G1 Optimus Prime is musically inclined. When plugged into your USB, the 3 lb. gadget's helmet folds out to become a pair of speakers. Set to arrive this month for $49.99, get the collectors grade for an additional $2.00 that comes sealed inside its box.

Via Big Bad Toy Store

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July 3, 2009

Must Have: Tengu All Stars

He may not move around much but we found our Tengu way too much fun for humans when he first came out. (Note that the face cover was left on to protect him from our cat.)


Our bud Mr. Jones has a new batch that he has dubbed the All Stars. Each one is as much fun as the original but now you can make it more your own with wig and stickers. He will work through both Mac and PC USB ports and will respond to any noise he hears. He has several different expressions and will be your friend for £25 (~$36.00,) even when no one else will.

(Thanks, Crispin)

Via Tengu

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June 19, 2009

Must Have: It's All About Transformers


In honor of the new Transformer movie, which has tons of bots, we declare them our Must Have of the week. The Takara Music Label Headphones turn into Frenzy and Rumble and can be used with the Soundwave MP3 Player that can play music in either mode.


The Convoy iPod Docking Bay with Speakers is licensed by Apple and is compatible with all models but the shuffle. When transformed to a robot, it's a whopping 6" tall. And, although you may not be able to covet the new movie, you can get the the Complete First Season (25th Anniversary Edition) of the animated series.

Via Transformers

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Mr. Roboto Watch


Every time someone mentions Mr. Roboto, it's the Styx song that comes into our heads. But, hey, there's a new one in town, inspired by all those 1950 tin bots, in particular the Lantern robot. Azimuth's watch has a left eye for the hour, the right one is GMT, and the nose and mouth are retrograde minutes and seconds. Mr. Roboto Watch is made of steel with beveled edges and runs on a modified ETA 2836-2 movement. Water resistant, it is available for $4,800.00. "Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto..."

Via TimeZone

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June 17, 2009

Rock-afire Explosion Not for Tots

Forget the G-rated animatronics at Country Bear Jamboree or Showbiz Pizza. We hear that Rock-afire Explosion had so much demand from acid rock fans that they came up with new models that can perform hip hop, rock and indie music. We dig that they are currently playing tunes like the Nine Inch Nails' "1,000,000," and we will surely try to catch them if they are in our area.

Via Trendhunter

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May 22, 2009

Must Have: Terminator Salvation Gimmees


You may not be able to rent or buy Terminator Salvation after this week's premiere, but in honor of the event, we have found some kewl related stuff that qualifies for our Must Have of the week. Sign up to be notified when the film will be released, order a t-shirt, get an action figure, play the soundtrack or the Xbox game. Let us not forget the pièce de résistance, the 6" T-bust designed by Mike Locascio, which will be released mid June.

Via Terminator: Salvation

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May 13, 2009

Robotic Gizmo Performs


The Gremlins have returned! This robotic Gizmo sings and dances his way into your heart. At a size of 8" tall and with an 11" ear span, the Plush Mogwai sings the original song in the movie. He comes with his own batteries so you can wake him up that much quicker. Just remember not to get him wet, expose him to bright light or feed him pizza after midnight.

Via Gizmo

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April 6, 2009

Like Keepon? Love the Dancebot

Clever Trossen Robotics created a low cost Dancebot kit. The original Keepon was quite a hit on YouTube with over 2 million viewings, but was built with state of the art technology at a cost of over $20,000. Yeah, we know this has to be an April Fools kind if thing, because if you look closely at it, it is composed of a double decker marshmallow, an unfolded paper clip, ramen for hair, and Sharpies to decorate the other "thingies."

Via Trossen

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March 12, 2009

Gamelatron Robotic Orchestra

The Gamelatron combines computers with Balinese and Javenese percussion to make a robotic orchestra. Each drum and bell is controlled by 117 mallets from a laptop running a MIDI. Shown here with composer A. Taylor Kuffner, the Gamelatron is currently appearing at the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, NY. While this may not be the band to hire for your wedding reception, you certainly wouldn't have to worry about much of a tip. Visit their site to see the musical robot in action.

Via Gamelatron

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