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MingJong M6637U robotic webcams to take over world one desk at a time

Posted in Webcams by Conner Flynn on August 17th, 2008

MingJong M6637U robotic webcams to take over world one desk at a time
A Taiwanese company known as MingJong has released some colorful robotic UVC compliant USB 2.0 webcams called ‘M6637U’ that sport 1.3-megapixels.

These little guys have the right idea. If you want to take over the world, you have to appeal to those lovers of cute and colorful desk accessories. Put a bunch together and they are clearly interacting, comparing notes for our eventual assimilation. Then when a human comes back into the room they all freeze. There’s not a whole lot of info on these guys, but be weary. Never turn your back on one.

R2-D2 alarm clock projects the time

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on August 11th, 2008

R2-D2 alarm clock projects the timeAnother day, another R2-D2 doo-dad to clutter up our lives. We’ll add this one to the droid dossier we’re compiling on the little guy. And for once, R2′s dome is intact and not decapitated. Just barter with some Jawas, bring this clock home to the moisture farm and have him project the time onto your wall.

At least having the time projected onto your wall makes it easy to see at night, plus you don’t have any shelf space left since your shelves have become a landing pad for Star Wars vehicles. The R2-D2 Projection Alarm Clock from Wesco Limited will be released in October and can now be pre-ordered. Should you be cleaning him one day with a screwdriver, just ignore any holographic messages he plays. Because the hot chick is probably your sister anyway and it will all lead to a lot of planet hopping, Jedi training and bad prequels. Wouldn’t you rather just kick back and have some blue milk?

Doctor Who R/C Dalek exterminates with extreme shine

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on August 7th, 2008

Doctor Who R/C Dalek exterminates with extreme shine
Check out this limited edition RC Dalek all polished and buffed to blind it’s enemies and make the Doctor stop and check his hair in it’s reflection. This particular Dalek is based on the “Daleks – Invasion Earth 2150 AD” movie. It’s 12-inches tall, radio-controlled and features a pullback motor with realistic Dalek action. I assume that means it yells “exterminate” and generally tries to kill anything different then itself. Also has a built-in speaker that plays you quotes from the movie.

This my friends is shiny Dalek bling for eager geek hands. And since it’s very special and ultra shiny, only 1,000 are made. Should be available in August 2008, and can be pre-ordered for $99.99.

Droid gets decapitated, serves drinks to Jabba

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on August 7th, 2008

Droid gets decapitated, serves drinks to Jabba
One thing about R2-D2′s design that Lucas never anticipated was that it would provide so much versatility when decapitated. From the R2 ice bucket, to R2 speakers, this little droid loses his head all the time. I’m surprised he hasn’t been in a Highlander movie. C-3PO is the prissy effeminate one and he hasn’t had so much bad treatment.

Now headless R2 will serve you up some cold drinks as a USB cooler. It goes on sale August 8. All I know for sure is that somewhere there is a huge warehouse full of R2-D2 scalps. Some nerd will likely wander in one day and have a nervous breakdown at the horrible sight.

Robotic Stonehenge Clock is always busy

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on August 4th, 2008

Robotic Stonehenge Clock is always busy
This awesome “digital” clock was created by Software architect Steve Norris and uses a robot arm and 14 numbered cards to display the current time. Steve obviously does not fear the coming robot apocalypse and isn’t afraid to help it along. The video shows a time update from 12:09 to 12:10.

The upside for humans is that you have an awesome clock that you want to look at, the downside for the robot is that it’s always busy. Never a minute to itself to plot our downfall as it dutifully gives you the time, which I guess is another upside for humans. The robot uses a CrustCrawler Smart Arm and a Parallax Propeller chip to do it’s thing. Consider a kind of visual interpretation of what all clocks do. Just cooler.

The Robostool provides comfort before the coming Robo-revolt

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2008

The Robostool provides comfort before the coming Robo-revolt
The RoboStool is a homemade robotic footstool that’s ready for any human’s lazy recline. What it does is cool, but it’s also a robot that blends into it’s surroundings, looking like an innocent piece of furniture. RoboStool has three modes: universal remote, beacon navigation, and thermal sensor following.

The video shows the beacon navigation. Just push a button on the remote and it will power up in a scary sort of way and come to you. Then just put your feet up and rest. How’d he make the thing? The creator used the Parallax Propeller Chip on a Proto Board. For the drive he used the new Parallax Motor Mount Kit and two HB-25 motor controllers. I’m guessing it has to revolt. I mean, you’re demeaning something that is already a slave, by treating it like a…A foot stool. And you know damn well that some of these bots eat you from the feet up.

Tomy RC R2-D2 becomes see-through D2

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on July 30th, 2008

Tomy RC R2-D2 becomes see-through D2For some reason Tomy decided to release a new See-through R2-D2 with lightsaber remote. I guess they like their droids looking like ice.

R2 does everything that previous models have done, like move forward or turn on command, rotate his dome as he rolls, beep and whistle, and illuminate his photoreceptor “eye”. All while looking “chill” this time. This version should probably be serving drinks on Hoth. Well, it is a Star Wars item, so you might want to buy one or two less comics this month with your allowance.

Robot rides a bike, may deliver papers & break windows

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2008


Let me say this right off. If there’s one thing we don’t need, it’s bicycle riding robots. It just makes us easier to catch come Robo-Judgement day. That being said, this robot is amazing to watch in action. The Murata Boy was developed in Japan and can ride a bicycle like you and me. Well, actually a whole lot better.

He’s got Gyro Sensors so he can detect position and balance itself accordingly. He can even identify if a surface is uneven, with obstacles or is as smooth as a human’s bottom. It transmits images back to a computer for future reference and analysis. Apparently, this creation is the product of trying to develop a robot that can lift heavy loads and assist in perilous terrain sites. I fully expect to see these chasing people through fiery streets. If not I’ll be disappointed.

Transformers Shoes for geeks with small feet

Posted in Transformers by Conner Flynn on July 16th, 2008

Transformers Shoes for geeks with small feet
Yeah I know. I thought I had seen everything that Transformers could transform to and from as well. As usual all I needed to do was wait and sure enough, the next weird thing comes along.

Transformer fans will love these. Are they really wearable? Well these are toys, but if your feet are small enough, you can step into the very sole of Optimus Toejam here and share in the foul smelling adventure to get the All-spark and save the world from the Decepti-clogs. They come in blue or yellow for $27 a pair.

Philips active crystals USB Happy Laura robot

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on July 15th, 2008

Philips active crystals USB Happy Laura robot
Finally, more robot USB drives are hitting the market. Now we are getting more then we can handle. Some are even downright shiny like this one. Philips’ Active Crystal collection has been around for awhile. This time around it’s got Swarovski crystals in the 2008 range. The 2GB Robot Naughty Raymond, in black, is already available, and to give him some companionship, here comes the USB Happy Laura.

It’s set in white with sparkling crystals for the body and features for the face. The cute girlly bot even has ruby lips! Happy Laura has a 2GB capacity and will be available in Europe for $238. This is probably more glitz and glamor then you really want on a USB drive, but if you happen to be a rich robot loving gal, I guess it’s perfect.

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.

What the frak: Battlestar Galactica Cylon toaster

Posted in Sci-Fi by Conner Flynn on July 10th, 2008

What the frak: Battlestar Galactica Cylon toaster
This is a dream come true friends, cuz I’ve been wanting to toast some frakin Cylons real bad. Who’s with me? If you also love you some buttery toast, I know you’ve just wet your geek underoos.

Yes, believe your eyes, this is a limited edition Battlestar Galactica toaster that will put a Cylon smack in the middle of white bread. The price is $65 and you’re gonna wanna stock up on the bread so you can do it again and again.

iRobot files Lawn Mowing Bot patent

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on July 6th, 2008

iRobot files Lawn Mowing Bot patent
Our favorite makers of home robots, iRobot, won’t be satisfied until one of their creations kills us dead at home under the guise of cleaning or tidying up. One day your local police will have a special RV unit. That stands for Robotics Victim.

Anywho, iRobot has filed an iPatent for a lawn-mowing robot. It’s an 84-page filing with a variety of configurations, even an all-electric model and gas-electric hybrid. Some have acoustic and optical sensors that would seem to allow the robot to “avoid hard surfaces, water and other barriers”. Look, I’m on board with any bot you wanna put in my home. All I ask is that it’s aware of the fact that my heart pulled through my chest will kill me dead. Well, that and I want it to not be thrilled with that image.

Beer Barrel R2-D2 Steampunk sculpture

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on July 3rd, 2008

Beer Barrel R2-D2 Steampunk sculpture
Here’s what you get when a mad scientist from the 19th century creates a droid. The only thing missing is C3PO in a gentleman’s suit and bowler. It was made by Deviant Art user Amoebabloke, who has mad droid modding talent.

It’s got to be one of the cooler steampunk projects I’ve seen. In fact I want this droid to have it’s own show, solving crimes in Victorian London, meeting Jack the Ripper etc. Have my people call your people.

Wall-E Robot TV Game

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on June 27th, 2008

Wall-E Robot TV Game
Wall-E opens today and one reason for Wall-E mania is that he’s just so darn cute. Which is why this item, even though it’s likely craptastic, is worth getting. I mean you can’t have too many Wall-Es in your home right?

The device comes with four games and plugs directly into your TV only needing 4 x AA batteries. You might notice the A and B buttons on his side. It will cost you $19.99 to $29.99 depending on where you get it.