June 29, 2009

MyDeskFriend Shares Facebook

MyDeskFriend is a prototype penguin that will be available from the Swiss company Arimaz. Place him next to your PC in his docking station and he will interact by following your finger without falling off your desk, respond to voice commands and can memorize up to 15 short key words. His eyes change color depending on his mood. Connect him to your Facebook profile and you will actually have to take care of him, virtually anyway, since he displays when he is hungry or tired. If you invest the $99.00 and can get your friends to interact with him on the social site, you will know you have a winner.

Via Arimaz

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June 25, 2009

Beware the Abominable Snowbot

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Get ready for winter early with the Snowbot. He has an adjustable scan light in either red or blue, rotates his arms, has a control knob and an "authentic snowbot sound." Hook him up to your USB port and he will defend you against the Summerbot. (We figure there must be an arch nemesis out there somewhere.) The toy comes with a cable that extends to 30" and an off-seasonal price of $7.99.

(Thanks, Jim)

Via Think Geek

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Buzz Lightyear Doesn't Quite Hit Infinity

Probably our first exposure to robotics was the procuring of a toy demo for Mr. Gameshow in the 80s. When he got too annoying, I gave him away, but now he appears to be back in the form of Buzz Lightyear, who will be available for the holiday season for about $140.00. It has two modes, puppeteer and voice command, but we expect he will soon become as obnoxious as Mr. Gameshow, for a whole lot more money.

Via Gizmodo

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June 23, 2009

Robotic Iguana Not Too Scary

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We are not sure that it looks all that realistic, but this Iguana bobs its head up and down and crawls around your floor and may freak out your cat or the neighbors' kids. At a size of about 19", it has soft, pliable skin, needs 2 AAA batteries (not included) and can join your household for $19.98.

Via Things You Never Knew

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June 19, 2009

Must Have: It's All About Transformers

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In honor of the new Transformer movie, which has tons of bots, we declare them our Must Have of the week. The Takara Music Label Headphones turn into Frenzy and Rumble and can be used with the Soundwave MP3 Player that can play music in either mode.

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The Convoy iPod Docking Bay with Speakers is licensed by Apple and is compatible with all models but the shuffle. When transformed to a robot, it's a whopping 6" tall. And, although you may not be able to covet the new movie, you can get the the Complete First Season (25th Anniversary Edition) of the animated series.

Via Transformers

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Mr. Roboto Watch

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Every time someone mentions Mr. Roboto, it's the Styx song that comes into our heads. But, hey, there's a new one in town, inspired by all those 1950 tin bots, in particular the Lantern robot. Azimuth's watch has a left eye for the hour, the right one is GMT, and the nose and mouth are retrograde minutes and seconds. Mr. Roboto Watch is made of steel with beveled edges and runs on a modified ETA 2836-2 movement. Water resistant, it is available for $4,800.00. "Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto..."

Via TimeZone

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June 17, 2009

Psikharpax, Giant Robotic Rat

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France's AnimatLab has created a robotic rat dubbed Psikharpax (named after Homer's king of the rats,) with working paws and whiskers. The researchers felt that they should start at the bottom and allow the bot to perform simpler tasks, such as navigating, avoiding danger and seeking robotic cheese, we suspect.

"The rat is the animal that scientists know best, and the structure of its brain is similar to that of humans," said Steve Nguyen, a doctoral student at ISIR. Perhaps they will create a robotic cat to keep it in check as their next project.

Via Physorg

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June 10, 2009

Three Robots For Toddlers

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We noticed this week that there are robots for your youngest family members. The Neopet Series 6 Keyquest Virtual Prize Plush-Robot Kacheek is recommended for ages 4 and up. The Manhattan Toy Beep Bots Robo may not be quite as soft but we dig the personality and the fact that it is surface washable. This Robot Basket was intended for Easter, but we think it would be a nifty container for a kidlet's other small toys. At a size of 7.5 x 8 x 8", it comes in blue.

Via Plush Robots


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June 4, 2009

Robot Fight iPhone App

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We know you got an iPhone just for apps like this. Robot Fight is your basic Rock 'Em Sock 'Em game that you can play with a buddy. You only need one phone to see which of you can punch the fastest. Get the battling bots at Apple's App store.

Via iPhone Application List

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June 2, 2009

Transformer Netbook Hub

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Is there no end to new Transformer gadgets? Apparently not, as we found this Qosmio Netbook-looking 4-port USB 2.0 hub. The hub has a phony image of the Windows XP desktop on the display and is available in Japan for ¥3,980 (~$42.00.) We expect it won't be too long before someone will actually come up with a real transforming laptop.

Via Amiami (translated)

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