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R2D2 ice bucket with Han in Carbonite ice cubes

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on May 13th, 2008

R2D2 ice bucket with Han in Carbonite ice
Our favorite little Star Wars droid is like Rodney Dangerfield. He gets no respect. They make laundry baskets in his likeness, even soy sauce bottles. When will they give the droid some proper respect? Not today. Here is the latest R2 item. An ice bucket with Han Solo in Carbonite ice cubes. They managed to diss Han with this one as well.

Great for a geek BBQ. R2 can serve up the ice and Han can keep your drink cool. This will make you the head geek at any event. It’s available for pre-order for about $33. It may even distract Jabba enough so you can rescue the real Han in Carbonite.

Robo Vacuum: Your crumbs will be assimilated

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

Robo Vacuum: Your crumbs will be assimilated
Resistance is futile. Your crumbs will be assimilated and absorbed with these little robo vacuums. Which is appropriate, since these little guys look a bit on the obese side. They should probably do some exercise. But they can’t.

They don’t do anything but suck up your crumbs. Their arms don’t even move much. But there’s no better way for a geek to clean up after himself, then to move these things over his desk while making robot noises and talking into a fan for the voice. It runs on two AA batteries and comes in three different colors. At $14.99 these are too cute not to get one or two.

Wall-E MP3 player from Sharper Image

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on May 1st, 2008

Wall-E MP3 player from Sharper Image
Behold robot fans. We told you about the ultimate Wall-E robot toy. Here’s an animated MP3 player in the form of Wall-E “Waste Allocation Load Lifter, Earth Class”. He’s available from the Sharper Image, but probably most people haven’t noticed due to the chain’s questionable futute.

The 8-inch-tall “iDance Wall-E” claims to talk and dance to the music and his eyes even light up. You can also plug in an iPod or other MP3 player. I suppose it’s the latest version of the “i-Dog,”, just much cooler, since it’s a robot. He only costs $24.95.

Ultimate WALL-E robot toy is good for geeks and kids alike

Posted in Robots by Shane McGlaun on April 30th, 2008

Ultimate WALL-E RobotThere are a few things that most of geekdom has in common, one is an insatiable lust for all things gadget and the other is an undeniable need to own anything robotic even when the robots gizmos are meant for kids. The latter affliction is easier (and less embarrassing) to indulge in if you have kids, which thankfully I do.

Not too long ago I spent some “testing” time with the UGOBE Pleo robot dinosaur and it was cool but I thought it would be cooler if a robot actually looked like a robot. Disney agreed and has announced a new Pleo-esq robot based on the WALL-E movie hitting the silver screen this summer. The toy is called Ultimate WALL-E and it will go on sale this fall for $189.99.

Robot elephant washes urinals in Japan

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2008

Robot elephant washes urinals in Japan
Everything in Japan has to be made to look cute. Even urinal cleaning robots have to be made to look like elephants. He does his job pretty quickly. His job is to be pushed ass first against the urinal and scrub and clean away.

I’m not sure if it qualifies as a robot, but it does qualify as amazingly freaky and bizarre. This thing can’t even swallow the urinal on it’s own, it has to be pushed. If this guy is cleaning urinals, who’s cleaning him? It’s got to get pretty funky inside that robot, after cleaning urinals all day too. Check out the video below.

Little Big Man: A robot with a robot inside

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on April 16th, 2008

Little Big Man: A robot with a robot inside
Nemo Gould, a mechanical sculptor, assembled the Big Man robot from all kinds junk materials ranging from vacuum cleaner parts to chair legs and he even used floor polisher. The Robot is a respectable 8 feet tall and has a little robot inside that controls him.

The Big Man robot moves it’s hands to and fro and it can also move it’s mouth up and down. The “Little Man” in it’s chest moves levers that control Big Man. It doesn’t get much more awesome then watching a tiny robot control a big robot with antlers on it’s head. Video below.

Crazy trash can dancing bot is slightly insane

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on April 15th, 2008

Crazy trash can dancing bot is slightly insane
What if suddenly one day your trash can walked up to you on crab-like legs, told you jokes in a robo-voice, and tossed dice all over your floor like an insane maniac? Not to mention drumming on it’s own ass… I don’t know about you, but I’d be freaked out and kill it dead, thereby saving the human race from this maniac’s stand up routine. And you just know it plans to kill with that die flipping bit.(No pun intended)

It was created by Osaka-based Robot Force and named the Push-kun. It’s pretty pointless. What’s with the Evil Knieval jumpsuit paint job? Check out a video below to be thoroughly annoyed by this thing.

Home made Futurama Bender webcam

Posted in Webcams by Conner Flynn on April 15th, 2008

Home made Futurama Bender webcam
Futurama fans will want to get their hands on this one of a kind Bender webcam. This guy removed all of the gears and mechanics from and officially licensed Matt Groening and Rocket USA tin robot toy and replaced them with a Creative Live! webcam.

The arms and legs no longer move, but some things have to be sacrificed when making something cool. Bender is completely free standing and he’s got a USB cable coming from the former key slot. Turning his antenna rotates his mouth and cigar allowing for two facial expressions. As of this writing, it’s only at $20, so what are you waiting for?

The robot art of Andre Kutscherauer

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2008

The robot art of Andre Kutscherauer
I love robot art when it’s done right. That is to say when it is visually interesting and not just the same old thing. These awesome CGI images by Andre Kutscherauer are certainly awesome. Some of the works have titles like Brute Force, Selfillumination and Dandelion of Screws, and once you have a look, you can’t help but be very impressed.

Unlike most things these days, the work actually makes you think. More then that, it makes you think outside of the box. If you don’t believe me, go have a look at the artist’s site. This stuff is awesome. Where else can you see robots plugging themselves in?

Segway introduces RMP hyperdirectional transport

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on April 8th, 2008

Segway introduces RMP hyperdirectional transporter
By now I think we are all on board with the fact that the two-wheeled segway is ridiculous. Anyone riding one looks like they should be leaving a trail of drool in their wake. Well, Segway just redeemed themselves with this nice piece of work. The RMP “hyperdirectional” transporter was introduced at this year’s RoboBusiness, and can hold at least one super-size 400-pound human.

It has a nice tank type look. Seems like it can do it’s thing in just about in any direction too. Aside from that my friends, details are elusive. No release date either. But the term “fifty thousand dollars” should be enough to scare most of you off.

HPI G-Dog is next generation of robotic dogs

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on April 5th, 2008

HPI G-Dog is next generation of robotic dogs
Man, John and Sarah Connor’s job just keeps getting harder. This is what our robot overlords will use to track us down and tear our legs off so they can then stand over us laughing before they kill us by pulling our hearts out.

The HPI robotic G-Dog is powered by 7.2 volt nickel hydrogen batteries, he’s equipped with three-axis acceleration sensors and stands at 7.5 inches. The G-Dog comes as a kit for robot enthusiasts, so you’ll have to build him. He should go on sale in July, no price has been announced yet.

Phorone: Personal robotic secretary

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

Phorone: Personal robotic secretary
Kokoro Dreams has a new Android. You might notice that this one has a disturbing resemblance to Harry Potter. It’s name is Phorone. The lifesized android stands at 175 cms tall and is from an anime show that aired on the Nippon network, where her character is a secretary who plays the role of a protagonist.

The idea is that she could potentially replace your secretary. She is apparently powered by pressurized air and is capable of delivering human like expressions and can even talk. There are no plans of putting up the Phorone for rent. Check out a video below.

MIT’s Nexi: The overly emotional robot

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

MIT’s Nexi: The overly emotional robot
MIT thinks that the world needs an emo robot. That’s why they created this next-generation tiny humanoid robot called Nexi. It’s an ‘emotional robot’ designed by roboticist Cynthia Breazeal’s group at the MIT Media Lab. It’s known as an MDS (Mobile/Dexterous/Social) robot, which basically means it can move it’s body, hands, and face in a way that suggests human emotions. Its arms, wrists, and hands are fully adaptable to clutch and raise up to 10 pounds and by the looks of it this thing is probably a cutter too.

It possesses changeable features including eyes, eyebrows, eyelids, and mouth movement. It creeps us out in a whole new cartoon way. It also moves on a pair of animatedly self-balancing wheels. So, if you hurt it’s feelings, it will have no problem chasing you down and killing you.

Sega’s i-Spin speaker robot

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2008

Sega’s i-Spin speaker robot
As far as robot speakers that could come alive and eat your face, I’d have to say this is one of the strangest I’ve seen. It’s the i-Spin Speaker Robot from Sega Toys. A world where robots evolved from eggs? This would be the result. He will dance to whatever the current tune being played is, and features connectivity to audio players thanks to a connecting cable.

As well as dancing and proclaiming itself the Egg-man goo goo g’joob, it will also respond to external audio and voice signals. He’s powered by 3 AAA batteries and comes in blue and pink. As we all know, the cost of eggs is on the rise, so that probably accounts for the price tag of $52.

Sega’s robot chicken from Brando

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2008

Sega’s robot chicken from Brando
By now, you’ve probably seen the robot chicken from Sega Toys. The fuzzy chick has been hard to actually find and order. But now you can get the Robotic Chicken from Brando for $26.90 and thus all your chicken dreams will come true. It’s a lifelike baby chicken that cries and flaps its little wings like the real deal. When held, it will flap its wings, pet it on the head and the chick will chirp.

Each Chick is packaged in a transparent egg where it sits on a little nest. You get the idea. It’s all about you and a (fake) baby chick connecting and sharing a bond that’s probably really unhealthy, but hey you got nothing better to do, so why not.