September 26, 2008

Must Have Robot: Tomy Croaking Crooner

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We once lived in a house that had a small pond in the back where frogs would mate twice a year. It about drove us crazy. Now you can do the same for others with the motion-activated Tomy's Croaking Crooner, our Must Have Robot of the week. Battery operated, the Cornell School of Ornithology authenticated its voice, and the water-resistant amphibian is so realistic that his throat inflates and deflates. Available in brown or green, he can be yours for $16.79.

Via Croaking Crooner

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September 25, 2008

Pleosaurus Rex Goes on Rampage

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It's hard to believe that anyone would want to make the normally sedate Pleo into a screaming monster, but the folks from Ugobe has a new download, Pleosaurus Rex. If you have an SD card you can grab yourself 1MB of tin soldier and mini-building crushing as he screams in that Japanese movie way. Check out their forum to find out how to destroy your pet (temporarily) when he wreaks too much havoc.

Via Pleo World

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September 23, 2008

Highlights from the Tokyo Toy Show

Take a look at C-Scout's video tour of the recent Tokyo Toy Show. On display were plenty of robotic goodies, from Tomy's I-SOBOT to Sega's new Live Dream. The musical device contains 30 tracks that are expandable and can play up to 18 tracks simultaneously. The sound comes from where the instrument is placed so that you can play conductor. Proof positive that robots are being built with adults in mind.

Via C Scout

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September 19, 2008

Must Have Robot: Mattel SBD 3000

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Our Must Have Robot honors goes this week to Mattel's SBD 3000, aka Secret Bank Deposit Robot. Save your coins while the dude dances, raps, tells jokes, and plays games. Take some money out and he starts all over again. The SBD comes with 4 AA batteries and will surely be a fun gift for kid or adult for $14.99.

Via SBD 3000

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September 18, 2008

Jeppe - Blobby Videoconferencing Buddy

The NRC (Nokia Research Center) has designed Jeppe. He seems pretty much a standard bot to us (and his base is a Lego Mindstorms NXT!) He can patrol or act as surveillance in your home or workplace. The prototype consists of a digital compass and ultra sound sensors, video cam, and can make gesture controlled movements. Jeppe's two-way audio makes for "active videoconference" but, the way we see it, he is just your basic blob. Back to the drawing board, Nokia, until you can get him to roll over, vacuum, or find our missing keys.

Via NRC

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September 16, 2008

Takara Tomy's Tiny QFO

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Takara Tomy's latest R/C toy is the QFO. At the minute size of 65 x 65 x 43mm, the mini-copter may resemble a miniature space ship until it hits a few feet up when it will probably be out of sight. Expect a launch of the QFOs sometime this month.

Via Akihabara News

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September 12, 2008

R/C Mini Tank, to Harass Your Other Bots

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Want something to compete with your R/C bots that merely walk? The R/C Mini Tank charges on its remote. The vehicle can go forward, backward, left and right, and needs 3 AA batteries to run. Available in camouflage or green, it is about 65 x 43 x 36mm and weighs 30g. The price is a mere $14.50.

Via gadget4all

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Must Have Robot: Playskool Kota Triceratops

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Look what we found for our Must Have Robot of the week! It is the Playskool Kota My Triceratops Dinosaur, shown here with a kidlet, but much too sophisticated to waste on one. The creature is over 3 feet tall and responds to voice and touch with sounds, and tail, head, eye, mouth, and even horn movements. It also plays music. Go figure. We suspect the kid comes in because it can handle up to 60 lbs. of weight. Kota can be yours for $299.99 and you can pre-order for its October 15 release.

Via Playskool at Kota

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September 5, 2008

Must Have Robot: WowWee Mini Wrex the Dawg

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Standing at a height of 5.5", Mini Wrex The Dawg, is based on WowWee's original mutt and our Must Have Robot this week. He needs 2 x AAA batteries (not included) to run his wheels and spinning eyes. He also has a poseable head and legs, and can be your buddy for $29.99.

Via Mini Wrex The Dawg

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September 2, 2008

The Dark Knight Attack Bat

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Terrorize your friends with this Dark Knight Attack Bat. Let him sleep until they come in, then press a button to make his eyes glow and he begins to verbalize. If they are not yet afraid, another button will make the winged mammal fly around the room. At a size of 12 x 8 x 3 1/2", you can get one for your belfry for $27.99.

Via Entertainment Earth

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