February 23, 2010

Quasi Visits the NY Toy Fair

Interbot brought Quasi (aka Q,) to the 2010 Toy fair in NY. Originally developed at Carnegie Mellon in 2006, the $80,000 bot is controlled by a wireless tablet PC with touchscreen. He can talk and make facial expression originating from the user, and can even change eye color and wiggle his ears. The company has plans to make a smaller version for real folks with real budgets.

Via engadget

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February 19, 2010

Must Have: Zhu Zhu Pets 2010 Toy of the Year


Even with the vague threat of too much lead in their noses, the Zhu Zhu Pets were announced overall best from the 2010 Toy of the Year Awards. Lego's Mindstorms NXT 2.0 took top honors in the Educational category and was deemed "an outstanding toy that helps children develop special skills and knowledge through play." But then, we already knew that, right?

Other awards went to Mattel's Mindflex game, Spin Master's Air Hogs Zero Gravity Laser Car and Techno Source's Rubik's TouchCube.

Via Playthings

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February 12, 2010

Must Have: The New and Improved Pleo

Pleo is back with new improvements and was shown off at the CES 2010 by his new owner, Innvo Labs. Changes include improved skin, a better paint job and a new charger. This is good news for both old and new fans who don't want the dinobot to become extinct.

Via PleoWorld

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February 5, 2010

Robot Snob Must Have - Tribot


We are thinking that WowWee must be getting ready to debut a new bot as they are offering their Tribot at an amazingly cheap inexpensive 79% discount. Use his remote to get him to tell lame jokes or play games. The 15" high robot has 3 wheels, making him omni directional, and has multiple activity/alarm modes, several sensors and LED indicators. He also needs 8 AA and 3 AAA batteries, not included.

Via WowWee

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January 27, 2010

Wind Up Bots Hang On


The Weeble-like No Fall Robots Wind Ups are only 2 x 1.5" each, but they still make great pals. Wind one up and let it loose on your desk or kitchen table and it will not fall off.

Via Wind Up Robots

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January 21, 2010

AR.Drone Controlled by iPhone/iPod touch

The French Company Parrot debuted their AR.Drone at the CES 2010. The quadrocopter is controlled via iPhone or iPod touch via a WiFi connection. The robotic flyer has two cameras, an ultrasonic altimeter and a gyro/accelerometer based stabilization system. It also features an "augmented reality" system that allows users to game on the video feed or compete against other drones. While the company claims that the AR.D is "intuitive and user friendly," we expect it to move to military status sometime soon.

Via Parrot

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December 30, 2009

Witness the Ultimate Buzz Lightyear


Buzz Lightyear has gone Ultimate. The 16" "Toy Story" star has 7 motors for his head and body, walks, talks and can be put in either 'Space Ranger' or 'Toy' mode. He responds to voice commands with over 100 phrases and with his IR remote, shoots his arm laser, can "give you five" and not only has body movement, he turns his head and blinks. Not recommended for kids under 3 years old, he comes with an interactive target game and has an autonomous roaming mode in case you don't have time to search beyond infinity. You can adopt Buzz, but remember that this is no minor toy as his 3 AAA and 11 AA batteries are not included.

Via Buzz Lightyear

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December 25, 2009

Must Have - Hexbugs Take on Robotic Hamsters


Who needs a Zhu Zhu Pet ? When the original Hexbug Nanos were conceived, there were over 150 variations of legs alone tested, so you know that this robotic insect has a history. The final version allows the legs to bend and unbend allowing him to move forward. When you order, the color may vary, but you will get one that can not only flip over by itself but comes with an access code that allows you to go online and play games.

Oddly enough, your Nano can have its own Habitat beginning next month, leaving us to believe that the company really is after the robotic hamster market.

Via Hexbug Nanos


P.S. Happy Holidays, all! Remember that today is the day to give what you can to whomever you can. Greet your neighbors, feed a stray cat, love your enemies, and forgive everyone everything.

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December 24, 2009

Man Marries Avatar from 'Love Plus'


We think that virtual reality can sometimes lead to strange addiction. Last week, Sal 9000, married an avatar named Nene Anegasaki from the Nintendo DS game "Love Plus." While thousands watched online, the 27 year old man, dressed in a tuxedo, went through the nuptial event. He started "dating" her in September and took her with him around Tokyo, Disneyland and a beach resort. Sal insists that he knows the it is a video game and that "I love this character, not a machine."


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December 23, 2009

Pingo, Your Swiss Desktop Buddy

Arimaz's Pingo can live on your desktop and responds to voice commands, rolls around on your desk and lets you know when you have email. Compatible with both PC and Mac, the robotic penguin from Switzerland will read you news, weather and market information from RSS feeds and can hook up with other Pingo owners through Arimaz's Facebook app. Own your own for $149.00.

Via Arimaz

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