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Remote control robot shops for the elderly

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on July 12th, 2008

Remote control robot shops for the elderly
Robot developer tmsuk has unveiled a remote-control robot that will give you a new way to shop from the comfort of your posterior. It’s a prototype of the telerobotic shopper, which is a modified TMSUK-4 humanoid robot that has a variety of cellphone communications technology. They had a demonstration on July 10 at the Izutsuya department store in the city of Kitakyushu, Japan, where it probably made the male robot wait while it tried on clothes and asked if each one made it’s ass look fat.

In the demonstration scenario, a grandmother unable to go shopping with her granddaughter sent the robot to do it for her. Using an NTT DoCoMo video-capable cellphone, the grandmother controlled the robot and did some shopping through the robot’s camera eyes. Surely this is a hoax. A grandmother who can use a cell phone AND a robot? The woman maneuvered the robot to the hat section, eyed what was available, and had her granddaughter model a few for her before deciding which one to purchase.

Remote Control Hummer H3 is life sized

Posted in R/C Toys by Conner Flynn on July 2nd, 2008

Remote Control Hummer H3 is life sized
Dr. James Brighton put a ton of hard work into transforming a gas guzzling Hummer H3 into a remote controlled vehicle. The project took around a month to complete, and it’s said to be the largest radio controlled vehicle.

If you want one, it’s going to cost you of course. At least $70,000. That’s one expensive RC car. It might be fun to have your friend inside while you control it, speeding up around cliffs and stuff. Just don’t wreck it. It’s not like you can just pick it up and dust it off and get going again.Check out a video below.

Remote Ray Gun channel changer

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2008

Remote Ray Gun channel changer
If you want a remote that says, “Freeze or I’ll turn your planet to rubble.”, or “Flash Gordon refuses to watch this crap any longer.” then this is for you.

Ray guns were a staple of Sci-Fi from the 40′s through the 60′s, isn’t it about time you changed channels with one? Damn straight. Cuz geeks are all about pretend, even when they’re watching some other people pretending to cruise through space on T.V. The price won’t zap you at only $18, but you’ll need to wait until August 16th when it’s available. This is great for fighting robots.

sPult: The simple TV remote

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2008

sPult: The simple TV remote
We probably all wish that remotes were simpler in design and function. The sPult will make your dreams come true. It was designed by Yurii Smitana Perfilov, and inspired by the iPod’s scroll wheel, which makes it a breeze to channel surf. Apple should have thought of it first.

Simple and elegant. It takes away all the complications and just gives you the bare essentials, which is all most of us need. It also has a favorites selector, volume up/down button, mute button and power button. That’s it. Nice.

Radio Controlled Granny looks like all kinds of fun

Posted in R/C Toys by Conner Flynn on June 2nd, 2008

Radio Controlled Granny looks like all kinds of fun
I don’t care who you are, it doesn’t get much funnier then the elderly treating their wheelchair like a hot-rod and just gunning it. Previously, if you wanted to see the geriatric in racing form, you had to play slot car racing grannies.

Thankfully, someone has expanded the premise to include an old woman in a grocery store, with slippery floors and plenty of canned goods to crash into. The handicap ramp should provide some airborn Dukes Of Hazard moments too. It will cost you about $36. Good fun. It will give you something to think about the next time you’re in line behind an old woman with a change purse.

R2D2 Wireless Webcam separates geeks from their money

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2008

R2D2 Wireless Webcam separates geeks from their money
Lucas long ago figured out that a geek and his money soon part ways when you make things look like R2-D2. This one is perhaps dorkier then most, because what we have here amounts to a remote control lightsaber, which you use to send your remote webcam wheeling to and fro in order to capture footage of your immediate area. For the price of £299.00 what you get is a basic VGA resolution camera in droids clothing.

The lightsaber has light and sound effects from the films and the stand connects to your USB port so that R2 can be controlled wirelessly. The webcam comes pre-loaded with R2 sound effects as well. For the price you figure they’d at least throw in a restraining bolt. Or some leg rockets…

The Darwin controller is some Wii competition

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on February 4th, 2008

The Darwin controller is some Wii competitionWant to get in on some of that Wii action, with a controller just as intuitive, but still can’t find a Wii? Maybe it’s just time for motion-controlled games on a different platform. Darwin’s new Motus controller will work with other systems. Not the Wii. Mainly the PS3 and your computer. The Darwin contains gyroscopes and accelerometers to sense its location and it’s said to be more accurate in tracking motion than is Wii’s infrared.

It’s fairly neat looking and it’s meant to be held like a Samurai sword, which should make for excellent slicing and dicing action. Not to mention golf. The Darwin should be available by the 2008 holiday season. The price will be between $79 and $99. No word yet on what games it will work with, new or old.

Nintendo wii remotes get color

Posted in Nintendo,Wii,Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 30th, 2008

Wiimotes get colorful
It was only a matter of time. After the initial success of any Nintendo product there follows a plethora of neat and nauseating colors upchucked onto the market. That time is at hand once again. There’s still no official word from Nintendo on anything but white Wii-motes, but now there is a third-party option for those of you bored with the standard white.

One of the first companies to offer a third-party substitute for the Wii-mote is Snakebyte. They are calling them Riimotes. They appear to look very close to the authentic Wii-motes, with the button design styles a bit different. The first models will be available either in a glossy black or a bright purple. Bright purple? Yuck! Maybe if you are playing a My Little Pony game…They should assault your senses in early February.