WowWee Robots

August 6, 2010

Must Have: WowWee Roboscooper

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By their own admission, WowWee's answer to Wall-E is Roboscooper, who will clean up on most types of terrain. With 6 wheels and multi-directional mobility, he can chat it up or issue sound effects while clearing an area or whacking objects. The mini service bot needs 6 AAA batteries and should ship the end of August at a price of $70.00. We will keep our eyes peeled for his arrival.

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February 5, 2010

Robot Snob Must Have - Tribot

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We are thinking that WowWee must be getting ready to debut a new bot as they are offering their Tribot at an amazingly cheap inexpensive 79% discount. Use his remote to get him to tell lame jokes or play games. The 15" high robot has 3 wheels, making him omni directional, and has multiple activity/alarm modes, several sensors and LED indicators. He also needs 8 AA and 3 AAA batteries, not included.

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December 11, 2009

Must Have: WowWee ChatterBots

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Such a deal! You can now save almost 75% on WowWee's ChatterBot Dog/ Cat. Connect to PC or Mac via USB and they will tell jokes and make rude comments about you. The bot also keeps track of upcoming events and can be used as a speaker.

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The disruptive Fairy Godfather and Devil/Angel are also available at reduced prices.

Via WowWee Chatterbots

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November 21, 2009

Robot Snob 2009 Holiday Gift Guide

clocky.jpgWe know that holiday shopping can be a major hassle, so we went all out to find robotic stuff to fit every budget. The good news is that almost every company has lowered their prices and when you shop online, tax and shipping charges are often non-existent. That being said, we present our 2009 Holiday Guide.

Robot Kits

elencofollow.jpgAfter building the Elenco Follow Me Robot, its 4 built-in microphones detect sounds and it will move towards them. For kids 12 and older, it needs no soldering and needs 4AA batteries (not included.) The Discovery Kids Biped EZ Robot kit has 15 pieces to assemble and a remote for those over 8.

dartharm.jpgWhy get a usual Waldo when you can get a Darth Vader Robotic Arm? The snap together kit grips and holds objects, needs no batteries and includes a stand with built-in control. With the Rockit Robot kit, you can build one that has a touch sensor that learns not to run into walls, a sound sensor for responding to your voice and instructions with more than one project.

phoenix.jpegFor serious robot builders, Trossen has some great deals. Their Phoenix Hexapod Kit is as state of the art as it can get with several walking gaits with omnidirectional translation and body rotation on all axis. The SumoBot Kit provides you with everything you need to become a competitor in the realm of Mini-Sumo tournaments.

Robot Movies

michaelrennie.jpgMovies, including Blu-ray, are completely affordable these days. We can never get enough of the original "The Day the Earth Stood Still" with Michael Rennie and Patricia Neal, even better now that it comes in a 2-disc set. Younger generations will appreciate the 2008 version that stars Keanu Reeves.

terminatorsalvation.jpgKids will also dig the effects in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Terminator fans, we haven't forgotten you. The Director's Cut of "Terminator Salvation", starring Christian Bale, will soon be out. And we never get enough of viewing "Wall-E".

roomba560.jpgOf course, no one can compete with iRobot when it comes to vacuums, and for the holidays they are offering special deals. In fact, this year we are putting one under our tree. Purchase a 400 series and get a free pet upgrade. A 500 series includes a brush pack and a 300 series Scuba will get you either cleaning solution or replenish kit. And, by the way, shipping is free with purchases over $59.00.

Collectors' Items

r2d2collector.jpgThere is no way to compete with Schylling. We recommend the Small Lilliput, the High Wheel and our fave, the Chrome Planet Robot. This R2-D2 is part of the original figures from the first Star Wars and is a limited edition with its interlocking base and electronic beeps.

Robotic Pets

whitetiger.jpgWowWee's Alive White Tiger Cub has realistic fur with sensors in his head and back to respond. He makes baby feline noises and works by remote. The company puts out a whole slew of robotic pets including their Mini Leopard Cub.

ptrex.jpgAlso furry is Playskool's Stomper's Triceratops that we recently reviewed and personally adored. Playskool also puts out Monty T-Rex who not only moves and roars, he sneezes and plays tunes.

mrsquiggles.jpgWe had to include one of this year's hottest toys. Zhu Zhu Hamsters may replace Elmo. They chirp, zip across the floor and each has their own personality. Choose between Mr. Squiggles, Pipsqueek, Num Nums and Chunk. Try to remember at some point that your kid(s) will want the Go Go Funhouse and the Adventure Ball. (Hurry up when ordering these guys as they were featured on "Nightline," so you know they are going to sell out quickly.)

The FurReal Chocolate Lab Puppy can be a fun and worry free pet. And, although he has no fur, we had to include Interactive Wall-E.

Under $50.00

The 10 1/4" Robbie the Robot Talking Alarm Clock says, "Wake Up Wake Up" as his chest moves, strobe lights go off and his antenna spins. Clocky will amuse kids or force your spouse/partner out of bed in the a.m. as he jumps from your nightstand up to 3 feet high.

The first robot designed for girls (and boys who like them,) Tekno's Sakura
tells fortunes, gives compliments and fashion tips, dances and answers "yes" and "no" questions. The macho XPV R.A.D. Robotic Air Defense flies as fast as 30 mph and up to 20 stories. It comes with rechargeable battery and includes repair kit.

buzzlgtyr.jpgNow that Toy Story has been re-released in 3D, you probably know someone who would love this electronic Buzz Lightyear. He talks, makes sound effects, his wings pop out and he can take anyone to infinity and beyond. Don't forget about Tribot, who is about half the price that he was last year.

Under $20.00

The Unofficial Lego Mindstorms NXT Inventor's Guide (Paperback) will give any robotics freak fresh ideas. If history is more to his/her liking, Robot traces back AIs from their roots.

Wind-up Gort will walk even if you forget to say "Klaatu barada nikto." The Hog Wild Robot Calculator displays up to 8 digits and will be your best friend. His arms can hold pens, pencils and included nightlight, while his magnetic back holds paper clips.

handy.jpgWe already told you about Chuck, the talking truck, and it seems that Tonka has an entire series of his pals (a couple of them a bit over $20.00.) Choose from Rowdy, the GarbageTruck, with spinning wheels, Boomer, the Fire Truck, who has lights and makes noise, and Handy, the Tow Truck, that can fetch the other three should they get lost. They may not respond like Chuck, but they are just as cute and colorful.

Under $10.00

minifemi.jpgThe 9" Mini-Femisapien runs on batteries, is posable and trots around the room. We didn't realize that Shrinky Dinks were still around until we found these robotic ones.

Nerds will love the fact that Olive Kids customized their Robot Bookmark. Remember to include a Kikkerland Cranky Desk Toy on your list for any friends who are stuck in cubicles all day.

Stocking Stuffers Under $5.00

voltwindup.jpgDover's Create Your Own Robot Sticker Activity Book would make a great stocking stuffer. Wind-up Volt is about 2" tall and can repair your other robots. The Cool Robot Note Pad measures 5 x 6" and has 50 sheets per pad.

The Mini Robopanda is only 7.5" but is tall enough to have poseable head and legs and blinking LED eyes. Wear your robot on your sleeve jacket or shirt with an Iron On C3PO.

Over $100.00

We cannot imagine any kid (or adult) wouldn't love a LEGO Mindstorm this year, especially since the NXT 2.0 was released. For the princess (or Prince) in your life, think Butterscotch the Pony that moves her head, blinks, wags her tail and responds to humans.

idsobot.jpgDino freaks will prefer the roaring, laughing and movements of the 3 ft. tall
Kota and Pleo has been newly reborn. Tomy's I-SOBOT is half the price that it was last year.

Last but not least, don't forget the batteries! This should be your year to go eneloop. We have been using them for 2 years now in various small electronics and they are still going strong.

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November 20, 2009

Must Have: WowWee Roborover

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WowWee's Roborover may look a little strange but speaks up to 5 minutes of content, including letting you know that he has fallen and can't get up. He also plays driving-based games and either avoids or runs over obstacles. The 9.1 x 10.6 x 14.5" RR comes with a remote to send him where you want him to go.

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July 31, 2009

Must Have: WowWee Universal RoboRemote

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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.

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May 6, 2009

Rovio Puts Out the Flames

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A member of WowWee's Robo Community hacked his Rovio's software and turned it into an automatic fire extinguisher. The bot can identify a blaze and extinguish it with a custom fire suppressant spray. "Colt 45" is hoping that he can get some funding to turn the prototype into one for commercial use or perhaps even equipping it with a gun to turn it into an anti-terrorist bot.

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January 22, 2009

WowWee's New Pets

At the recent CES in Vegas, WowWee displayed their next generation of toys, including Joebot, (the latest incarnation of Robosapien,) who can walk, dance and beatbox. Also displayed were the Spyball spycam, a mini-Rovio which has WiFi and is remote controlled, and new Alive Cubs, the Seal Pup, Husky Puppy, Koala Joey, and Leopard Cub. The Alive Sleeping Cuties pets include the Labradoodle Puppy, Beagle Puppy, Cinnamon Persian Kitten, and White Persian Kitten.

Via Gearlog

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January 19, 2009

Go-Robo Software Helps Teach Robotics

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A new series of Go-Robo software has come out from Q4 Technology, designed to help young students teach their WowWee robots to dance and perform. They can save and edit their work as they go along. Go-Robo Choreographer and Dawg Trainer for Wrex allows kids to download Gridscript programs and use their Roboremotes for playback. You can get either for £40.00 (~$58.00.) The Studio Software allows editing and playback for 11 of the bots, with sound effects and music if desired. It was conceived for the more advanced students and has a price of £60.00 (~$80.00.) If you or your kids are interested in teaching your FemiSapien or Robosapien to salsa, contact Q-4 (costumes extra.)

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(Thanks, Gerel)

Via Q4 Technologies

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December 26, 2008

Must Have Robot: Bugbots

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There is nothing like spooking out your family and friends during the holidays and New Year's party. We suggest WowWee's Bugbots, our Must Have for the week. You get Flapper, Skipper, Zook and Trax. Not only will they scare your Aunt Gladys, they will collide with each other for your amusement. Recommended for ages over 4, they are now at a reduced price of $59.99, marked down from $89.99.

Via WowWee's Bugbots

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December 22, 2008

Last Minute Savings on Robotics

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It's getting down to the wire and we found a couple more good deals for last minute shoppers. Most of these are about 1/2 price and have free shipping! For example, the WowWee Tribot is only $49.99 (from $99.99,) the Star Wars Interactive R2D2 Astromech Droid Robot is $97.20 (was $169.99,) and Tomy's I-SOBOT Robot is a mere $94.95 (formerly $179.99.) Better hurry, we expect the prices will go back up after the holidays.

Via Cheap Robots

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December 16, 2008

Femisapien Price Reduction

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We love the holidays. It gives those with low budgets an opportunity to grab a gift that might otherwise be out of reach. A good example is the Femisapien that normally sells for $99.99 but is now only $59.99. She does everything her male counterpart Robosapien
does, including walking, talking and communicating with you and other WowWee bots. This is quite a deal for a humanoid that can actually respond to gestures, touch and sound.

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December 1, 2008

Trossen Robotics Robot-Building Contest

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Trossen is sponsoring a robot-building contest that will run through the end of December. If you have any skills in that area, now is the time to put them to use. They will be judged on ingenuity, creativity, documentation and probably the most important, the "wow" factor. First prize is a Pleo, second place is a Robosapien RS Media and 3rd place gets a Roboquad. Let us know if you build one and we will let others know here on Robot Snob. Check with Trossen Robotics to see who some of the past winners were. Good luck!

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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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