August 4, 2009

Giant Gundam Suffers Injury


Bandai's Giant Odaiba Gundam has had such a heavy schedule of appearances (twice an hour, 16 hours a day) that he had to get some ACL reconstructive surgery. We think he looks rather classy with that cane.

Via 3Yen at Bandai Gundam

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July 31, 2009

Must Have: WowWee Universal RoboRemote


Owners of WowWee robots, including Robosapien, Tribot, Roboreptile, FemiSapien and others might want to think about also adopting their RoboRemote Robot Universal Remote Controller. The included software helps you to program and store sequences of actions with customizable function buttons. Not only does it work with the IR controlled bots you have now, the remote will work with all future generations of same. The Roboremote works up to 6.5 ft. away, runs on 3AAA batteries (not included,) supports Windows XP/Vista and can get automatic updates for new products via USB.

Via WowWee

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July 17, 2009

Must Have: Bossa Nova Prime8 & Penbo, for the Common Folk


Bossa Nova's Prime8 and Penbo robots are the first products to come from the spin off of Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute. The Prime8 claims to be one of the fastest bipedals around and is controlled by remote. He has a tendency towards the barbaric, can play apish games and will be released mid-August. Penbo, the robotic penguin, is aimed towards girls and comes with Bebe. She plays games and responds to her babies in a unique way for each color. It will also debut this August and is available for pre-order now.

Via BN Concepts

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July 16, 2009

Support Your Local Robot


It's hard to believe that robots are also having trouble finding a gig these days. Japan's industrial production has declined about 40% because of the recession. Sony cut out Aibo in 2006, Takara Tomy may not release future versions of its i-Sobot because of lagging sales and we all know what happened to Pleo. Even the Yaskawa Electric factory in Kyushu has shut down all but one of its robotic workers (shown here) that used to make more of his kind. A 2007 government plan called for a million robots to be working by 2025, but unless they become less expensive to create, that goal will probably not be achieved.

Via The Age

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July 13, 2009

RobotShop - Lots of Bots


RobotShop is a resourceful site for almost everything robotic. They feature personal and professional bots, kits and development platforms, toys, vacuums, security and surveillance devices and parts for all of the above. The company provides international service and shipping as well as extensive customer service. And btw, we really dig their mascot.

Via RobotShop

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July 10, 2009

Must Have: Sega Dream Cat Venus


Sega Toys has previously brought out robotic animals such as their Dream Puppy and Hamster. Their latest is a Norwegian Forest Cat named Dream Cat Venus. With a photo sensor in its forehead and touch sensors in various areas of his body, he will move around, lay down and react when petted. The company worked with scientists from Tohoku University's Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer to make it more realistic, including the ability to purr. Venus will be available in Japan beginning July 30 at a price of around $110.00, robotic furballs and all.

Via Crunch Gear

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July 9, 2009

DIY Loopin Creatures

Elena Corchero got together with textile electronics developer ZippyKit to help teach your kids some elementary robotics. Loopins come in kits that can be developed in two configurations. Made of precut felt, LED, batteries and battery holder, when completed, a Loopin's eyes will light up when its ears are touched together or makes contact with another of its kind. Available from the online shop Lost Values in different colors for £12.00 ($19.80) each, get several and you can have your own robotic hen party.

Via Lost Values

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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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July 2, 2009

Wall-E Transformer


The clever Japanese company PCWR managed to turn our beloved Wall-E into a transformer. Perhaps if they had put him in the movie, it might have turned out to be a kinder, less violent film.


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June 30, 2009

Giant Gundam Takes Over Odaiba


This past March, we mentioned that the Gundam franchise is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a giant 18 meter tall version of the robot that lights up at night to freak out Japan. It is now here and located on Odaiba, a human made island. From the images, the real thing looks freakin' awesome!

Via Pink Tentacle

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