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CES 2008: WowWee humorous personal robot

Posted in CES 2008,Robots,Toys,WowWee by Conner Flynn on January 6th, 2008

Mr. Personality

Here’s one of WowWee’s fun companion-robots from CES 2008. He sure looks like he has a sense of humor. He’d have to, with a face like that. “Mr. Personality” displays said personality on a LCD screen that features animated and synced facial features. He tells jokes, reads your daily fortune and will gladly answer any questions you may have about the future. The cool thing about this robot is that the user can download new personalities from the Internet via USB or an SD card.

Some specs are: A fully animated upper body, color LCD screen, several play modes including Bits, Crystal Ball, Fortune Cookies, Demo modes. He is also capable of detecting and avoiding obstacles, and he’s not afraid to tell you when he falls or when the batteries are running low. He has a three-wheeled omni-directional motion base, 7 motors, 4 IR sensors, a built-in microphone for voice memos, 64 MByte of built-in memory, audio input connector and he requires 6 “C” batteries. The remote controller requires 3 AAA batteries.

Strange robot-bird webcam

Posted in Robots,Webcams by Conner Flynn on January 1st, 2008

Strange robot-bird webcam

This might be the oddest webcam I’ve seen yet. It appears to be a hybrid of bird and robot. Apparently Chickens of the future are none too happy about being a staple of our diet and have therefore merged with machine. Strangely I like it, as it has a kind of Flash Gordon retro look.

The silver-colored cam is made of plastic and measures 65 x 65 x 145 mm. There isn’t much information available about yet, but he looks very affordable. If you have some sort of rare robot animal collection, he should fit in very well.

R/C Snooper robot is a spy

Posted in R/C Toys,Robots,Toys by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2007

R/C Snooper robot is a spy

This six wheeled r/c Snooper Robot is kinda cute, but I’m scared because the color scheme is that of a stormtrooper. This is exactly the kind of little robot that would listen in on your conversations and report to Darth Vader. It can transmit them to up 150 feet away to the listening receiver. Though, I’m skeptical about how stealthy this thing is, despite the fact that they say it can enter a room undetected.

The controller allows the user to steer the robot left, right, forward and reverse. The vehicle measures 23 cm Long x 25 cm tall to tip of antenna x 10 cm wide. With this little guy, you’ll always be in the know and secrets will be a thing of the past. Get all kinds of dirt on your siblings and rule through fear. All thanks to your little unethical stormtrooper-like buddy. He’s available for about $80 USD.

Doctor Who R/C voice command Dalek

Posted in R/C Toys,Robots,Sci-Fi,Toys by Conner Flynn on December 26th, 2007

Doctor Who R/C voice command Dalek

I wish I had known about this one before Christmas. I would have put it under the tree for myself. He would be a great companion to the Dalek Web-cam or K-9 remote controlled dog. As any Doctor Who fan knows, Daleks are out to destroy all life in the universe and generally hover around saying “Exterminate. Exterminate.”, before firing lasers at you and sending you to the great beyond, despite the fact that their arms are basically an egg whisk and a sink plunger.

This remote controlled Dalek is a foot and a half tall and able to track moving objects. Plus, you can direct him by radio control. The best part is that he responds to over 30 voice commands. He comes loaded with sound, movement and heat sensors, a bunch of sound and light effects, and his memory stores over 50 Dalek phrases. He’ll cost you about $180 but when you consider that this is probably the best R/C dalek ever, that’s a fair price.

Crush your enemies with Toyota’s mobility suit

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on December 12th, 2007

Toyota’s mobility suit

Toyota is delving deeper into robotics with each passing year. This high-tech mobility suit is creepy for a variety of reasons. It’s easy enough to imagine some little old lady in the cockpit crushing everyone in her path while she sorts through her change purse.

This suit is designed to help the elderly and disabled, who have difficulty performing routine tasks like climbing stairs or walking. Through robotics, they will be able to do things they otherwise could not. There isn’t much info about this yet, and no production date as yet. Frankly I’m scared. It’s time to be nice to the elderly. Soon they will be able to rip your face off and stomp you into the ground before taking a nap. Check out a video here.

RoboPhilo RTW programmable robot for $499

Posted in Robots by Reuben Drake on December 9th, 2007

RoboPhilo RTW programmable robotRemote control for the RoboPhilo RTW robotThe RoboPhilo RTW packs some functionality usually only found in robots that are at least twice the price. At $499 this robot comes “ready to walk” out of the box and then can be custom programmed to do may complex movements with its more than 20 servo motors, according to Technabob.

The servos control human-like joints throughout its body including the neck, shoulders, elbows, knees and waste. Programming it can either be done through a PC or directly through the included wireless remote control.

If you don’t mind assembling the RoboPhilo yourself initially Robots-Dreams says you can save $100 by buying the RoboPhilo RTW kit. Take a look at the types of movements possible in the video after the jump:

Doctor Who R/C K9 robot dog companion

Posted in R/C Toys,Robots,Toys by Conner Flynn on November 22nd, 2007

Doctor Who R/C K9 robot dog companion

K-9 The ultimate robot dog companion. Maybe it’s just me, but I have always had a special place in my heart for K-9. There have been many a robot dog to come onto the market, but none are nearly as cool as K-9. And he was built in the late 70′s.

You can now own this 1/4 Scale replica of the Doctor Who robot dog. He can speak 7 different phrases, has an extendable Nose Blaster(Which has blaster firing sound effects), a removable side panel as well as lights in side panel and on back. His ears even wiggle when he moves and of course his eye unit lights up. As far as batteries, he uses 4 AA and a 9V. Check out a neat video of K-9 in action here, kicking the butts of some evil R/C Dalek robots.

R2-D2 Soy Sauce bottle: disturbance in the force

Posted in Robots,Sci-Fi,Star Wars by Conner Flynn on November 14th, 2007

R2-D2 Soy Sauce bottle

We all love R2-D2, but this may be taking things to the extreme. For those who love the little droid too much and at the same time have an unhealthy obsession with Soy Sauce, the two have been combined. Just pour your soy sauce into R2(The liquid kind, not the sorta liquid kind), pop R2′s head back on and start pouring sauce from the little bot.

Seriously, did you ever think you would see the day when soy sauce pours forth from a droid head? I’m actually kinda disturbed, but I know some of you will find it cool. But wait, it gets better…

The Gibson Les Paul robot guitar

Posted in music,Musical Instruments,Robots by Conner Flynn on November 13th, 2007

Gibson Les Paul robot guitar

Music and robotics have had a strange relationship. I have seen bands with robot singers, robots playing instruments and more. Now Gibson is taking robotics and applying them to the guitar. Thanks to integrated electronics and motorized mechanics, this instrument can automatically tune itself in various configurations.

This is big news for performers. With something like this they only need to carry one guitar with them instead of several differently-tuned instruments. They plan a limited first run, only available in select stores.

Robot watch transforms into a desk clock

Posted in Clocks,Robots,Watches by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2007

Robot watch transforms into a desk clock

This great looking and versatile robot watch serves a double duty as both a watch and a desk clock. Just remove him from the wristband and stand him up. That’s not all he does. It can also be used as a keychain time piece and even a necklace pendant. That’s alot of uses for one little robot. The arms are fully posable as well as his headgear. I think the best part about him is that he looks cool with the clock on his chest.

How much would you pay for this much coolness in one robot? You can get it for a surprising $40. Comes in Silver and Gold tone as well as a pewter color. All look equally nice.

USB Snowbot will assimilate your cold geek heart

Posted in Robots,Toys,USB by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2007

USB Snowbot will assimilate your cold geek heart

I’ve seen alot of cool robot toys and desk accessories over the years. I have to admit, I have never seen the combination of robot and snowman. It pleases me.

Not only is this robot bent on taking over the human race, it apparently has the winter season in mind for it’s objective. It’s got articulated arms and an eye scanner like a cylon from Battlestar Galactica, which can change color. You can also control the speed of the scanner with a knob. They say that it also has Authentic Snowbot Sound.

USB Robot webcam: cute and functional

Posted in Robots,USB,Webcams by Conner Flynn on November 7th, 2007

cute and functional

Personally I love all things robot. When I saw this little guy, I knew that my life was not yet complete somehow. He has a great, ultra-cute design and would definitely add some coolness to your computer area as well as making the life of a blog writer a little less lonely. I think he and I could be good friends.

He has 350k pixels, which means his maximum resolution is 640×480. The LED eyes actually illuminate at night, plus he has a microphone so you can speak to others while video-conferencing. The mic is an essential element here, after all I will be telling people how cool my little robot buddy is. So what if they get creeped out. It’s just me and my BFF robot.

Transforming cellphone mod is work of art

Posted in Hacks,Motorola,Robots,ROKR by Conner Flynn on October 23rd, 2007

Motorola MOTOROKR E6 case modThe recent buzz from the Transformers movie may have died down, but all of the various products, hacks and mods that it inspired will be with us for a long time to come. In fact, future archaeologists will dig some of this stuff up a thousand years from now and swear up and down that we worshiped Optimus Prime. One example of coolness inspired by this craze is this case mod of the Motorola MOTOROKR E6. Now, this is what cellphones should aspire to.

The down side is that it renders the phone completely unusable. Then again, when you have something this cool, you won’t care. Pay attention cellphone manufacturers. This is what we want. Robots in our ears. You can market them as “The Transformer Phone: More Then Meets The Ear…”

The Robo Hopper puts Asimo in the air

Posted in R/C Toys,Robots,Toys by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2007

Kyosho’s Robo Hopper stands about 6-inches tall and looks an awful lot like Asimo.Look. Up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…Asimo?

If you are like me, you love robots. And like me you have probably wished that little robots were flying around you in the air at all times. You probably also love Asimo, Honda’s robot. Well, my friends, a dream has now come true that combines all of those things. I for one, am very happy.

Kyosho’s Robo Hopper stands about 6-inches tall and looks an awful lot like Asimo. You can operate him like any other remote controlled helicopter, scaring humans everywhere into thinking that robots are taking over the world with tiny air vehicles.

MAARS ally friendly mechanized doom

Posted in Robots,Weapons by Matt on October 8th, 2007

MAARS (Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System) robot killbotThe MAARS (Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System) robot is a 350 lb murder machine with upgraded weapon systems over its predecessor which was a modified anti-bomb robot retooled to carry armaments. Foster-Miller is the company responsible for the early system and the armament upgrades and their armed robot is the only one of its kind in Iraq, but its not firing a shot.

Safety concerns have prevented the killbots from being deployed in live combat, which prompted the development of this new death machine designed from the ground up as a combat robot and including several precautionary software implementations. The controller is now able to select fire and no fire zones, and a mechanical range fan is responsible for keeping the weapon aimed away from friendly positions. GPS programs installed in tanks and Humvees using battlefield mapping technology have proven successful in reducing friendly fire in Iraq, prompting the same technology for use with the new MAARS robot. Additionally a final precaution has been implemented to prevent the unit from being able to fire upon its controller’s location.