November 5, 2008

Mr. Personality has MPD

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This robot seems to have multiple personality disorder. His head has a color LCD that will display different modes, such as comedian and fortune teller. Others are available by download. Wowee's Mr. Personality can converse with you, has 64MB of memory and an SD card to download a few more. He also has an omni-directional base with seven motors which allows him to move in and around obstacles, 4 IR sensors, and comes with a remote. Mr. P needs 6 C batteries (not included) to be his charming self and is available at a $240.13 price.

Via Mr. Personality

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November 1, 2008

Robot Snob 2008 Holiday Gift Guide

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Robotics can get to be quite expensive, as those of us at Robot Snob know. But with the economy being the way it is, we have scanned the Net to find the best bots for fewer bucks. We have included categories by the budget as well as kids' stuff, those for adults, and some for DIY fans. Happy shopping with our First Annual Gift Guide!

Under $50.00

Grandport has several kits for those who are just getting started in robotics. With brightly colored pieces and plastic pieces that snap together, choose from Tarmo, Sumobot, and TouchMe. Solarbotic's Herbie the Mouse needs some soldering, but will keep anyone amused by his battery-powered antics. Discovery's Kids Electronic Gadget Lab can make over 100 projects with 30 snap pieces.

Under $25.00

There are many robots that may do a little less, but can amuse adults and children alike for under $25.00. Most of them have been out for awhile, and as we all know, the longer an electronic is out, the more outdated it is, and the price drops. But kids and those who are not yet robotically inclined will love one of these.

The WowWee Robotics Roboquad is one of these. Originally about $90.00, you can now get one for $23.97. WowWee also has other bots for little funds, such as their Mini Robosapien V2, the Mini Robopanda and the blue R/C FlyTech Dragonfly. We have shown you this one before, but the Discovery Build Your Own Robot Kit is a great kit for amateurs.

Under $10.00

There are plenty of windup stocking stuffers and miniature bots for those on a super-budget. Our selections include Schylling's Classic Windup Robot, the Galactic Robot Windup, SparkDino, Boogie Bots, the Mazinger Z Wind-up Tin Toy and the Mini Robot Tin.

Over $100.00

If money is no object, at the top of the list has to be our fave Sesame Street character, Elmo Live. Although they will be in short supply, we think it is worth the effort to find one, although you may end up paying more than the current list price of around $60.00. We also suggest a Pleo, who becomes more affordable all the time, and have new applications every time we turn around.

For pets, althought the Litter Robot LRII Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box seems a tad expensive, think what a great gift this would be for yourself! And we cannot leave out our favorite module Lego Mindstorms NXT, the do-it-yourself kit that is so popular that it has its own site.

Robot Vacuums

Of course, iRobot has the perfect gifts for those who hate household chores. Now there are several Roombas available. The original Roomba cleans both carpet and bare floors and starts at a mini-price of $129.99. The Scooba will clean the scummiest of bathroom and kitchen floors. It preps, washes, scrubs and squeegees on wood, linoleum, and other surfaces. The Dirt Dog cleans up sawdust, small nails, nuts and bolts, and is the perfect gift for wives that want to hint around to their mates. The Verro is perfect for those who can't afford poolboys, while the Looj is a good way to erase something off the honey-do list. Don't forget the ConnectR that allows you to see and chat with family and friends. There are limited supplies of the ConnectR, but you can get on their mailing list for future availability.

DIY Kits

If you have someone in your life who prefers the DIY route, try one of these suggestions. Trossen has a wide variety of them that include their humanoid kits come in all price ranges. They also have kits for beginners that are not only fun, but will get your child on the early road to robotics.

Movie Robots

Let's not forget those Movie bots. Although we covet the can-do-it-all U Command Wall-E any fan of the film and iPods would settle for the i-Dance WALL-E for less than $20.00. Transformer fans will surely love the Deluxe Payload Armored Truck. Movies are always welcome for the holidays and a really fine way to keep your kids occupied when you are exhausted from all the festivities. We recommend Robots or I, Robot for teens. Finally, if you have never seen the movie Short Circuit (from 1986), this is a fun family fare for the holidays.

Plush Robots

For younger kids, try one of Hasbro's FurReal Friends. Their collection includes Squawkers McCaw Parrot to the more affordable Newborn Chimp, Kitten, Dalmation Puppy and Honey Bear, all of which are under $20.00. Buy more than one at a time and they are even less expensive.

Robot Gifts for Toddlers and Babies

Finally, let's not forget the little ones. If you know someone who recently added a newcomer to the family, how about a Robots : People of the Future or this Robots Love Dancing Onesie? There is even a plush Disney Meet the Robinsons 10" Carl the Robot Doll.

Still haven't found what you want? Keep checking in the weeks ahead with us and we will be relentless in our search to make this holiday affordable for all our botty friends. Let us know in our comment section if you find something that will make others gleeful this season.

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October 31, 2008

Must Have Robot: WowWee Rovio

Yeah, we know that WowWee's Rovio is simply a glorified webcam, but it still deserves our Must Have Robot of the week status. The Wi-Fi enabled telepresense robot features autonomous navigation, is self-charging, and has a color cam and mic. You can be anywhere as long as you have an Internet connection. What a great holiday gift for a family member who is overseas. Pre-order for $299.95 to get yours.

Via Rovio

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October 28, 2008

WowWee Chatterbot Dog/Cat

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Plug the Chatterbot Dog/Cat into your USB port and you have another annoying, yet personable robotic toy to keep you company while you are hard at work on your 'puter. Each one has an individual personality and will barrage you with jokes, chatty dialogue, and your life in general. Type in a word and a routine is triggered. Its on-screen interface software will make you despise love him even more since you can control the amount of discourse. Compatible with both Windows and Mac, the Chatterbot comes with a MSRP of $42.39.

Via Chatterbot Dog/Cat

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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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August 29, 2008

Must Have Robot: E.M.A.

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It would appear that Sega's female E.M.A. (Eternal Maiden Actualization) will be available to those of us stateside as of September 25. Made by Sega in Japan, the 200 × 360 × 100mm fembot has a whopping ¥18,900 price (~$172.00,) unlike its twin WowWee's Femisapien that will only set you back $99.99. Nonetheless, in the spirit of competition and fair play, we declare the E.M.A. our Must Have Robot of the week.

Via Amazon Japan

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August 27, 2008

Watch out! It's the Elvinator!

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Combine WowWee's Elvis Alive and the Terminator and you apparently get the Elvinator. A work in progress, you can get details to DIY. He was constructed by GW Jax with the addition of a red LED, a jaw piston, a re-skinning, and programming to move, recognize voices, and interact. We are thinking that when the project is finally completed, he will say upon being turned on, "I'll be back, thank ya vera much." Come to think of it, he does resemble the Govinator.

Via Elvinator

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August 14, 2008

Rovio Now Available for Pre-Order

Wowwee's Rovio is now available for pre-order. The spybot will patrol your house with routes that you pre-program with its software. You can even accomplish this with a mobile phone or any web connection. With the simple instruction "go to," it will check to see if there are any intruders, make sure that pets and teens aren't up to any mischief, or make sure you turned off the coffee maker. Run by a micro-GPS system, if the robotic dude falls down, it gets back up all by itself. And when its batteries run down, it will head back to its dock. Expect the Rovio's debut sometime this month with a $299.99 price.

(Thanks, Robert)

Via Robots Rule

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August 1, 2008

Must Have Robot: WowWee Alive Cubs

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Our Must Have Robot this week are WowWee's Alive Cubs. Give one of them a pat and he will purr and meow or roar with supposedly realistic sounds. His eyes blink, his mouth moves, and he has sensors to react to your cuddling. Forget about your robotic pet and it will snore for 5 minutes before shutting itself off going into a deep sleep. There are 4 versions, the Lion, Panda, Polar Bear, and White Tiger. Each requires 4 AA batteries (included) and is priced at $59.99.

Via WowWee

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July 30, 2008

Flight of the Wall-E Bee

Our bud at RobotsRule is at it again, this time with a new video entitled "Flight of the Wall-E Bee." Created mostly with the iDance Wall-E, look for guest appearances by the U-Command Wall-E, Femisapien, and the WowWee Alive Chimp head.

(Thanks, Robert)

Via Robots Rule

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