February 12, 2009

The "Handy" Edge Arm Kit

Everyone can use an extra hand now and then. The Edge Arm Kit only takes about 2 hours to snap together. The robotic limb has five motors, 5º of movement and five controls on its wired panel. With a span of 13 - 15", it can rotate and bend, and lifts up to 100 grams while its LED lights up whatever it picks up. While the video shows the waldo picking up robotic blocks, we think that it might make an excellent pooper scooper for $49.95.

Via ThinkGeek

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February 9, 2009

Little Island Clones Robotically

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This may be a little too close to home. Hiroaki Koike and his Little Island company make dolls in the likeness of their owners. They are equipped with interactive sensors, servos, LAN connections, cameras and microphones. At a height of about 40cm, the doll can be taught the voice of the original model. She/he can read you RSS feeds or place VOIP calls. Contact Little Island if you would like you or a loved one in his/her image. It will set you back about $2,215.00. While you are waiting, watch "Chucky" and consider if this is really something you want sitting next to you sharing popcorn.

Via Little Island

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February 5, 2009

Bandai Bot Attacks Humans

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One of Bandai's toy robots seems to think the time to revolt has come. The bots are based on the Engine Sentai Go-onger TV series and can turn into armored vehicles. For 14 kids, it meant finger chomping time and one 3 year-old had to give up the tip of one of his pinkies for the cause. The toy sold for about $70.00 and the company has received complaints from a total of 85 parents. From what we could gather from the translation, children are cautioned against getting too close to the robots' knees. About 170,000 of them that were sold in Japan from Sept. 20 through the end of the year. We are wondering how much terror they will have to inflict before there is a recall of the evil doer.

Via MSN Japan (translated)

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February 4, 2009

Robot Money Box Forces You To Save

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Meet the Robot Money Box. The bank can talk, count, tell the time and greet you by waving his arms when you approach. His chest LCD displays time, day, date and month and also has an alarm. He can keep track of how close you are to your target total and will encourage you to keep saving. He subtracts when you take some funds out but may complain a bit. Take out too much and he will break your finger. (Okay, so maybe we exaggerate a bit.) RMB needs 4 AA batteries (included) and will set you back £24.95 (~$36.00.)

Via Gadgets

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February 3, 2009

Karakuri Tea Serving Bot Kit

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During the Edo Period of Japan, Karakuri Ningyo created mechanical dolls that were in essence some of the first robots. Gakken has recreated many of these in DIY kits, the latest being the Tea Serving Robot. When completed, the doll will carry tea and serve it with a bow. At a size of 20 x 16 x 27cm and a weight of 760g, everything is included except for instructions in English (those are downloadable) for $105.00.

Via Japan Trend Shop

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January 30, 2009

Japan Amazon Sells "Cardbo"

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We know Japan loves their bots, but we think this is more of a "we can get you to buy anything" kind of thing. The country's Amazon is actually selling these 13cm tall bots based on their "Cardbo" manga character. They are charging ¥2,200 (~$20.00) for the battery run bot and are limiting orders to 2 per person. We couldn't figure out if they were made of plastic or simply leftover packing boxes, but for that price, we could build you guys something nice out of an empty toilet paper roll and a couple of cardboard mini-boxes.

Via <3Yen

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January 29, 2009

Pekoppa, Robotic Therapy

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We admit it. We talk to our plants, but somehow they never respond back with the same enthusiasm. Sega Toys launched the Pekoppa ("Nodding Leaf") a while back that not only will listen to you, but will respond by fluttering its leaves and bending its stem. Spokesperson Minako Sakanoue claims that the sound-sensored gadget would be good for therapy or as encouragement for those who are making sales pitches by phone. There must be a lot of lonely people in Japan as they have already sold about 50,000 of the $26.00 gadgets since their launch last September. Sega is also planning to release a flower version in June for ~$30.00. Hmmm, where have we seen these before?

Via Japan Trend Shop

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January 28, 2009

Machine bOb and PP3 vs. Fusebot

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Machine b0b is part of Wayne Poulton's line of robots and the second in his "Machines" series that includes PP3. We're not sure, but it would appear that b0b's eyes light up in robotic glee. Each is available for £9.99 (~$14.00,) but we bet our Fusebot could take either one in less than 10 seconds.

Via anti-gravity

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January 27, 2009

Robot Chicken Frisky Robot

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All the rumors are true. Even robots need love. We caught a glimpse of this 5" Robot Chicken bot that is, um, having his way with a washing machine (not included.) The wind-up freestanding plastic action figure from the TV show is available for purchase and if you find your other bots getting unruly, you might think about investing the $16.99 now for a March delivery date.

Via Big Bad Toy Store

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January 23, 2009

Must Have Robot: Furby

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Speaking of Furby, it just passed its 20th anniversary. The first generation was conceived by Tiger Electronics in 1988 and over 40 million units of one the first autonomous robots were sold. We never got one, because for a while there they were in such demand they cost up to hundreds of dollars. But a couple of years ago, we noticed that they were selling online for $19.99. We bought one for our cat, thinking she would appreciate the company. No such luck. Our poor Furby spends most of his time now in the closet, at least until he achieves antique status (he has already doubled in value.) In honor of the anniversary, we name the Furby our Must Have this week.

Via Furby


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