November 28, 2008

Must Have Robot: Black Friday Deals


We spent weeks scouring the Internet to bring you some Black Friday deals, making them all our Must Have Robot(s) of the week. Well, maybe not that long, but we did manage to come up with a few from Amazon. Here then, since you are probably too tired to do much beyond shop from your 'puter, are our picks.

Robot vs the Aztec Mummy - $2.21
Robots, Widescreen Edition - $3.99
Robot Chicken (which isn't technically about robots, but it is the Star Trek Episode) - Season 2 - $9.99

Other Kewl Robots
Star Wars Episode I Tatooine Accesory Set with Pull-back Droid - $8.01
i-Que Personal Robot - $79.99
Tin Can Robot Science Kit - $14.95
GelaSkins with Screen Protector for iPod Video 5G (Red Robot) - $9.64
Tekno the Robotic Puppy - $24.99

Still haven't found what you want? Check out our Holiday Gift Guide and this kewl book with gift ideas, Robots Rising, for only $0.01 (really!) Happy shopping!


P.S. We found one more! A whopping $100.00 has been taken off the Playskool Kota My Triceratops Dinosaur, which reduces the animated creature to $299.99. This is a third off. Not bad, eh?

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November 26, 2008

MechRC Humanoid Invades U.S.A.

You can't help but admire the new MechRC Humanoid and we recently discovered that he is available Stateside for a less expensive price than we originally found. With high torque metal gear servos, LiPo batteries for longer run times and a 3D visual software programming interface, he comes with its own remote from Trossen for $599.99. With that kind of savings, you can buy an iSOBOT and have robot wars.

Via Trossen

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November 25, 2008

Big Plans for BigDog

Darpa's BigDog is about to go through a robotic hormonic step up. While he can already carry more than 300 lbs. for about 13 miles, the organization wants to eventually allow the drone to be able to carry 1250 lbs. at 10 mph and operate by GPS, as opposed to its current remote. The project has been dubbed "Legged Squad Support." They would also like the 4-legged L3 bot to be quieter while sneaking up on the evil enemy. We suspect that's not going to happen anytime soon.

Via Legged Squad Support

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November 24, 2008

Cat Takes a Ride on Roomba

This video pretty much speaks for itself. It looks like this cat likes Roomba as much as Radar likes Elmo.

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November 21, 2008

Must Have Robot: Elmo Live

Here's the skinny on Elmo Live, our Must Have Robot this week. We recently took him out to play and made a quickie video to share. Our kitten Radar couldn't quite figure him out. We guess he thought he was for him.

So the bad news. Elmo doesn't move his legs. That is not that big a deal, but we would have liked that to be incorporated into his design. He sheds. Not much, but enough to keep babies away from him. He sometimes makes so much noise when flapping his arms, etc. that it is difficult to understand him.

The good news is that he will be adored by younger kids, toddlers (and kittens.) He tells stories, jokes, dances, and is easy to interact with once you get the hang of him. Squeeze his nose, left foot, tummy or back and he does his thing. By the way, he comes with 6 AA batteries. Make sure that you put him on a flat surface or he will fall over as he did at the end of the video. Yeah, we know you can hear us snigger when he does.

Via Elmo Live

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November 18, 2008

i-SOBOT Major Price Reduction

While the diminutive iSOBOT by Tomy usually retails for $149.99 up to $199.99, Trossen has them on sale for only $95.99 for those who live in the U.S. That's up to 50% off, people! At a height of only 6.5" and a weight of .77 lbs., he has 17 servos to control his action. He also has a built-in gyroscopic sensor, voice-recognition, pre-programmed motions and a 200+ word/phrase speaking vocabulary. His 3 AAA NiMH batteries are included in the price.

Via Trossen

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Honda Kindly Creates Strap-on Help for Factory Workers

Honda has devised a new strap-on Walking Assist Device for workers. The device supports body weight, reduces stress on the knees and helps when going up and down stairs and crouching. Engineer Jun Ashihara says it will also be useful for standing in long lines and making deliveries. Don't count on it for dancing, moving sideways or climbing uneven surfaces. Honda will begin testing the prototype later this month with its own assembly line workers.

Via <3Yen

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November 14, 2008

Jules Mimics Human Expression

Jules is a copycat robotic head created by robotics engineers at the University of Bristol in the UK. He mimics facial expressions and lip movements of humans. The head has 34 servo motors and a video cam that maps images to his flexible rubber skin's electronic motors. David Hanson, the team's head, sees future applications in health care settings. While some studies show the humans sometimes reject bots that resemble themselves, others say that the closer they get to realism, the easier it will be to accept them.

Via New Scientist

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November 12, 2008

Hexapodmeisterschaft Wins Dance Contest

We're not sure how we managed to miss this one before Halloween as it certainly creeps us out. Several students at the HTL Saalfelden engineering school came up with Hexapodmeisterschaft. He won last April's Austrian Hexapod Championship, his six legs getting down to the Mambo #5. You go, bot! While he is quite competent with all those limbs, maybe by next October we can grab ourselves a WowWee Roboquad and Mask and come up with our own G. W. Quadmeisterschaft.



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November 11, 2008

ROBO-P Flies in Colors

Combine a UFO, helicopter and lightshow and you get the ROBO-P. Suitable for indoor use, it comes in blue, pink or orange. With built-in batteries, it will fly for 6 minutes on a 25 minute charge from its included station. At a size of 3.5 x 3.2cm, it has a range of 16.5" and also comes with a controller and face stickers. Unfortunately, the manual is in Japanese, but hey, you don't need it, do you? The ROBO-P comes at a price of $43.00.

Via Japan Trend Shop

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