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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March 2, 2009

"It's A Small World" Gets Makeover

Disneyland has updated "It's a Small World," one of their earliest animatronic rides. This delighted my kids when they were small but almost got me kicked out as I tried to decapitate one of the little buggers. Many of the characters are reportedly created in the style of the original, such as Alice in the UK scene, and there is a new "Spirit of America" scene that supposedly crosses all nationalities. The original press release declaims the rumor that the ride was shut down because of it boat riders ever-increasing girth. Whatever the reason, we find the video as obnoxious and annoying as ever.

Via MSNBC

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February 26, 2009

AIBOs Put On a Show

You may think that you are obsessed with robots until you see what Japan is up to with theirs. Earlier this month, 37 Sony AIBOs performed and were conducted by none other than a Rolly. Although the AIBO is no longer sold, maybe the company felt that this was an artistic way of saying out with the old, please buy a our high-priced Rolly. Then again, maybe AIBOs love reunions.

Via Robot Watch (translated)

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February 23, 2009

Wall-E Wins!

We were so excited that Wall-E won last night's Oscar for Best Animated Film. It was also nominated for Original Score, Original Song "Down to Earth" by Peter Gabriel, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Original Screenplay. We really dig the little bot and as Director Andrew Stanton commented after winning the award, "It's a noble aspiration in times like these."

We think so, too. If you haven't seen it, now is the time. And if you have, it might be worth a re-viewing. There are some incredible bonus extras such as the short "Burn-E," deleted scenes and the excellent feature in which Sound Designer Ben Burtt describes how he created the sounds of Wall-E and pals.

Via Academy Award Home Page at Wall-E

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February 19, 2009

DIY Munny Speakers

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"fungus amungus" created these clever 7" Munny Doll Speakers. We think they would make a fine addition to any sound system that would rather have their accessories more humanoid. He has kindly given details on Instructables in case you would like to build your own.

Via Instructables

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January 29, 2009

Pekoppa, Robotic Therapy

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We admit it. We talk to our plants, but somehow they never respond back with the same enthusiasm. Sega Toys launched the Pekoppa ("Nodding Leaf") a while back that not only will listen to you, but will respond by fluttering its leaves and bending its stem. Spokesperson Minako Sakanoue claims that the sound-sensored gadget would be good for therapy or as encouragement for those who are making sales pitches by phone. There must be a lot of lonely people in Japan as they have already sold about 50,000 of the $26.00 gadgets since their launch last September. Sega is also planning to release a flower version in June for ~$30.00. Hmmm, where have we seen these before?

Via Japan Trend Shop

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January 1, 2009

The R2-D2 Chorus Line

Perhaps the only thing geekier than a chorus line of R2-D2s are the clothing choices of their handlers. Thanks to Orudo Vansan and team. This was done a couple of years ago but still worth a viewing.

Via R2-D2

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December 25, 2008

Taiwanese Robots to Perform "Phantom of the Opera"

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It would appear that Taiwan has the same idea as Osaka University and have turned some of their robots into thespians. The Center for Intelligent Robots at National Taiwan University developed 2 named Thomas and Janet mimic humans and interact with Pica the painter and Ringo the drummer. Their first appearance will be Dec. 27 with "Phantom of the Opera" and Chen Shi-shuenn, University president, says there will also be displays with singing and comedy. Proceeds from the event go to research and development at the college.

Via The China Post

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December 24, 2008

KUKA Juke_bot, Strange New DJ

Who needs to hire a DJ when you can take a couple of KUKA waldos like robotlab did to create Juke_bots? We dig their ability and noted that, according to the company, they can "play, delay, accelerate, fragment and distort." They can work both independently and autonomously. Like real jukeboxes, you better have some serious coinage to get them to play. Buying a KUKA robot involves about a $10,000 investment or more, and that's just for a used one.

Via robotlab (translated)

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December 18, 2008

iDogs Bark for Less

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Those holiday deals just keep pouring in. If you always wanted a Hasbro I-Dog, this is the time. The Amp'd in White, Green Spots and Orange Tropics are now only $14.99 each. You save $20.00 which equals out to 57%. That's a very small price for a pet that you don't have to feed, clean up after, and can boogie down with the best of them. Well, at least those who have a minimal amount of rhythm. Each will work with most MP3 players and comes equipped with starter batteries.

By the way, i-CY is now only $19.99 and the I-dog Clip is a mere $4.99.

Via iDogs

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