September 18, 2009

Must Have: Tomy Micropets

They're here! Tomy's line of Micro Pets has finally arrived. The mini-robots sing, dance, walk, play ball and interact with each other and you. They come with batteries, are pre-programmed and are available as Kuda, Ralphy, Dux and Coco.

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September 17, 2009

Make Yourself a Transformer


To keep the Transformer movie Revenge of the Fallen alive before it hits its October DVD release, the movie site has created a way for you to become one. Upload or take a head shot with your webcam, select your robot of choice and, after a few steps, you will be one!

Via Robotize Me

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September 15, 2009

Mickey Mouse Transformer


Transformer fans, beware. There is a new mouse in town. The 4.3 x 6.3 x 5.9" Mickey can shapeshift into a truck with trailer. Note also that he comes with a mini version of himself to lead the larger robot into the fray.

Via Mickey Mouse Transformer

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September 11, 2009

Must Have: Happy Birthday, Doraemon


Google Japan celebrated the birthday of Doraemon last week, the country's robot cat who can bend time and transform matter. The feline is so popular that plans for a movie is in the works dubbed "Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Great Battle of the Mermaid King."


We admit he is pretty cute and if you would like to partake in the belated festivities (his birthday is listed as Sept. 3, 2012) we suggest a Doraemon DVD marathon with the complete collection boxset (with English subtitles.). It contains 8 DVDs with 72 episodes.

Via Doraemon

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September 10, 2009

Mini M-O RC Wants to Play


We had forgotten how cute Disney's Microwave Obliterator was until we recently came across him in the form of a plastic RC toy. The Mini M-O goes forward, backwards and side to side. At a size of 3/4 x 1 x 1", his infrared controller doubles as a storage base. Not recommended for kids younger than 3, he needs 3AAA batteries (not included.) His best bud Wall-E also comes in a mini-version at a size of 2 3/8' x 2 3/8 x 2".

Via M-O

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September 7, 2009

My Doraemon Makes Debut


A real "My Doraemon" is now available in Japan for those who are fans of the robot cat. Although it cannot walk, it does have a 1,300 word vocabulary to carry on a conversation, but you had better know Japanese. ePaper eyes interact and its expression changes. With built-in heat and light sensors, it can also track movement and note temperature changes and, if you turn off a light, it will tell you goodnight. Doraemon will set you back ¥30,000 to 40,000 (~$375.00) and is available for pre-order now.

Via Geek Stuff 4 You

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September 4, 2009

Must Have: Robby the Robot Lives on Through Hallmark


Every year, Hallmark comes up with a few keepsakes for the holiday and this year is no exception. The 41/2" battery operated Robby the Robot is aimed at fans and even talks. Due out in October, you can add it to your wish list for $18.50.


In the meantime, we have found the definitive homage to Forbidden Planet with the Ultimate Collector's Edition. Included is a remaster of the original 1956 release, lobby cards and a second disc with "lost footage" (special-effects test footage,) "The Invisible Boy," a 1957 flick that featured Robby and "Watch the Skies: Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us," a 2005 documentary from TMC. You also get a 3" die cast Robby, but alas, it doesn't speak.

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August 28, 2009

Must Have: Panasonic's Evolta

We mentioned recently how the Evolta, Panasonic's battery mascot, broke the record at LeMans and now he has his own YouTube channel. You can see his performances as well as some behind-the-scenes footage. We can't wait until they decide to make them for the masses, although we understand they they are going to release some mini-cell phone straps in Japan for those who purchase the batteries.

Via Evolta YouTube Channel

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August 26, 2009

Wanda the Whale Cleans Your Pool


Wanda the Whale does more than keep your kids amused in the pool. She has a SmartDrive programmed steering system and acts as a main drain by pulling water from the bottom as she moves along. Installation takes less than 10 minutes without tools and no additional booster pump is needed. Hayward promises that Wanda's turbine/gearing system makes for a quieter operation. Additional filters are also available.

Via Wanda the Whale Pool Cleaner

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August 25, 2009

BowGo, Super Pogo Power


Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute has developed a pogo stick that bounces higher, farther and more efficiently than the ones out now. BowGo is a variation on the Bow Leg that is being developed for running robots. The stick gets its ability to jump from a fiber-reinforced composite bow that uses up to 5 times the springiness as its steel counterpoint. They plan to debut their new toy in the next Pogopalooza held in Pittsburgh, but don't look for it to be on the market any time soon.


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