September 3, 2010
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.
September 2, 2010
Phison Electronics demonstrated its new pet robot U.bo ("U" for you, "bo" for ball shape) at the recent Tokyo Toy Fair. The company calls it an alien spore but it seems more of an advanced Tamagotchi that needs feeding, cleaning up, and will amuse you by walking, speaking alien and interacting. The 10 x 8.5cm AI features mouse buttons, touch sensors and a couple of motors for movement. It will run for 14 hours on 2 AA batteries.
Via U.bo Magicland
August 31, 2010
Enjoy soccer but would rather not expend the energy yourself? These RC shoes will compete for you in a heated competition with a bud. Available in red or blue, they are controllable by two levers and buzz around on 4 wheels moving forward, backwards, left or right. The pair comes with 2 goals and balls but you supply the batteries that should give you a running time of about 2 hours. The fancy footwear will set you back £24.95 (~$39.00.)
August 27, 2010
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.
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
August 10, 2010
Star Wars toys continue to crop up, like this Milllenium Falcon. The mini R/C flyer is made of foam and has a double bladed helicopter motor. On a full charge you get up to 5 minutes of invasion time. Expect an August delivery when you pre-order at a $44.99 price.
Via Star Wars Shop
August 9, 2010
We really dig the U.R.I.-NAL 900. In a limited edition of 50, the collector robot is 6 " tall, made of resin and can be yours for €55 (~$73.00.) Even if it doesn't talk and can't really help you out in the woods, Haute Scheer and his German company has come up with some of the best artwork and most imagination we have seen around here in a while. Look for an interview with Haute and review of URI in the near future.
August 6, 2010
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.
August 4, 2010
So we are watching South Park reruns (Season 8, Episode 4/14/04) and out comes AWESOM-O, one of our fave Cartman characters. How truly gifted are Trey Parker and Matt Stone to make the military and Hollywood the only ones (besides Butters) who don't know he isn't a robot. It turns out that you can own a piece of AWESOM-O as an action figure, magnet or key chain.
Via South Park
July 8, 2010
They may not be headed for moviedom, but the Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots are the main participants in Qualcomm's new mobile augmented reality platform. Even more fun for those who would like to play, the company has issued an Augmented Reality Developer Challenge with winnings of up to $200,000. Check out their beta now and prepare to play with their AR SDK when it is released this fall.
June 23, 2010
Tomy, maker of all creatures robotic, created Breezy Singers Parakeets that sing with authentic sounds recorded by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Their heads, beaks and tails are activated by photo sensors and we are guessing that your cat might do a double take. Standing 2.25 x 9 x 6.25", each has an on/off switch and comes with batteries and stand. (Colors may vary.)
Via Breezy Singers Parakeets