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Robot Love: Mr. Roboto watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2008

Mr. Roboto watch
Azimuth is a watch manufacturer in Switzerland. They’ve announced their Mr. Roboto watch, the world’s first vintage tin robot concept timepiece. All those who have a love of all things robot, like myself, have collectively wet our pants.

The idea is that it’s based on those retro tin robots that old people grew up with. It’s a revival of those vintage tin robotic spacemen. The time is easy to read and the appearance is awesome. The left ‘eye’ is for the hour, the right ‘eye’ comes with GMT indication, the nose region joint with the mouth region are the seconds. It will be available from September 2008 with the international retail price of about $4,800 USD. Well, it’s out of my price range, but it’s one of the coolest watches I’ve ever seen.

Moving sculpture is steered by flies

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

Moving sculpture is steered by flies
This strange looking contraption is a battery powered vehicle. It putters around a New York art gallery looking like…art. What’s interesting about it is the driver or drivers. It’s course is directed and steered entirely by flies. The plastic bubble is filled with large houseflies, and the food and water that nourishes them. That’s right, the enslavement of flies has begun.

The lights that you see shining on the flies keep them warm and as the flies do their thing, the reflections that the lights make on the top of the bubble change. Sensors send the changing light data to a controller that activates the motor and steers the machine accordingly. It’s the brainchild of David Bowen, an artist who has also created machines that track flies’ movements and make huge drawings. Pretty cool. I wonder what else they can power.

Stickybot robotic lizard climbs on glass

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

Stickybot robotic lizard climbs on glass
Some of you might have seen this amazing robot on Good Morning America a few days ago. The Stickybot robotic lizard is modeled after the gecko, and is capable of climbing up glass surfaces with ease at a meter per second. The Pentagon is super interested. It could be a great robotic spy, after all. I guess it could also be used to watch people getting their freak on too.

This robot is such an excellent climber thanks to nano-scale hairs on it’s toes. In the future, they can no doubt make it resemble a gecko more closely, but he’s a pretty cute critter as he is. In time, they would make him move more naturally as well, though he does an impressive job already. You just have to keep in mind that it’s all fun and games until you see swarms of these things crawling all over Skyscrapers. And so it begins…

Optimus Prime Transformers iPod dock

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on March 27th, 2008

Optimus Prime Transformers iPod dock
This is what you get when you combine two things that we have enough of, Transformers and iPod docks. But it does have far more personality then your typcal iPod dock. It features built-in speakers and can actually transform to and from a robot.

The trailer section of Optimus Prime is the dock. Sorry, Shuffle owners, the iPod Shuffle is not compatible with this system. It stands 6″ tall in robot mode and will kick the ass of any other iPod dock you leave it alone with. I think my only complaint would be the total lack of color. The iPod Transformer Dock will cost you $149.95 and is available from Amazon.

ApriPoko robot replaces remote controls with voice

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2008

ApriPoko robot replaces remote controls with voice
Another robot with the Stormtrooper color scheme. Be scared. Be very scared. The ApriPoko robot will store all your remote control’s commands. After storing the remote’s commands, it will then respond to your voice. So say goodbye to your remote.

But first you’ll have to train ApriPoko like some Pokemon. He is smart enough to capture the infra-red beams, each time one passes it and it will ask you what has just happened? When you give it the information, the robot will store the command and also the infra-red signal details, which can be used later.

Robot babysitters eye our young

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2008

Robot babysitters eye our young
Japanese retailer Aeon Co. said on Tuesday that it has introduced a four-foot-seven tall, yellow-and-white robot at a store in the southern city of Fukuoka. The robot will be in charge of entertaining the children. Parents are encouraged to leave their children with the kid-sized machine, and the kids wear special badges that bear codes which the robot can read. (In other words, our young have now been tagged. They can now be tracked by our shiny metal overlords. Oh joy!)

The robot can identify the children’s names and ages and chat with them.(The indoctrination begins. CONFORM, tiny larvae human.) The robot also has a projector in one of its eyes to beam advertising messages(directly into child retinas) — or to show pictures that it has captured with a camera installed in the other eye.(Pictures of dead humans and the carnage to come. It encourages the whole CONFORM thing.)

Geeks love robots: R2-D2 home telephone

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2008

R2-D2 home telephone
Our favorite droid from the Star Wars saga has had more products built in his likeness then there are stars in the solar system. Chalk up another. The R2-D2 home telephone wants to take up space in your geek home and heart.

One of the legs unhooks as a standard handset. Features include head spinning and flashing lights when a call comes in (or at the push of a button if you want to impress your friends), ring selection (which can be standard, animation or R2-D2 noises), last number redial and volume control. It retails for £79.99.

Bristlebot 2.0 computer chip robot

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 14th, 2008

Bristlebot 2.0 computer chip robot
If you want a little robot pet, here’s your ticket. Over at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, they created the odd Bristlebot robot using some odd supplies. Namely a battery, a toothbrush head, and a cell phone vibrator. Now, one of the website’s readers has combined those ideas and invented the new chipbot, which is a Bristlebot made from an old computer chip.

You know how geeks are, many of us are more likely to have an old computer chip lying around than a spare slanted toothbrush head. Basically, you just fold the chip’s pins down and slant them forward and follow the old Bristlebot instructions. Before you know it, you’ll have a speedy little geek companion.

Robot calculators add character to your desk

Posted in Calculators by Conner Flynn on March 5th, 2008

Robot calculators add character to your desk
Geeks love robots, despite the fact that they will one day destroy us all in a fiery Armageddon. Some geeks also love calculators. Combine the two and you’ve got any early geek christmas. These calculators are designed to look like older style robots and they have alot of personality.

They have a magnet that can hold paper clips, the can hold notes and they have movable hands and feet. They even sport a detachable push button night light. Oh yeah, did I mention that they are also calculators? You can get them in three colors: white, blue and lime green. The price is $14.95. What are you waiting for? Go get one!

R2-D2 case mod is exactly the droid you’re looking for

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on March 5th, 2008

R2-D2 case mod
This is probably the coolest case mod I’ve ever seen. Surprisingly, it beats the R2-D2 cake for R2 related geek stuff I want. There doesn’t seem to be any real information about how the guy made it or what he used, but I’m assuming he is part Jawa and just scavenged parts as he roamed across the desert, bartering with moisture farmers.

There’s a ton of nice attention to detail and I don’t see any restraining bolt, so maybe this thing can roam around his house. Of course, if you had an R2 unit, you would need to childproof all the electrical outlets, so he isn’t having sex with them while you’re at work. I bet he isn’t even lonely without C-3PO at all. Goldenrod is a prissy droid, with an overactive mouth. Where as R2 is a true geek’s droid companion.

The kitchen cleaning Readybot robot

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

The kitchen cleaning Readybot Robot
Invented by a group of Silicon Valley engineers, the Readybot Robot is designed to clean up your kitchen. The goal of the project is to find out how much of an average kitchen the robot can clean. Right now, Readybot can take care of 30-40% of daily chores and the team believes that with more programming, they can get that up to 50% in another year. Eventually it will be at 80%. The prototype is more or less, a white enamel box with wheels, with two human-sized arms and chrome accents.

The robot fits in the same counter space as a dishwasher. After activation, he rolls out, deploys several antenna-type cameras, and raises itself up to human height, then gets to work. No info on availability yet, but very soon we are all going to have these in our home. I guess it’s a bit nice to know that now they can kill you dead, drag you into their dishwasher sized hole and clean up your disemboweled parts.

Robot hunting trophy for your wall

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on February 29th, 2008

Robot hunting trophy
You don’t have to wait for the robot uprising in order to mount a robot head on your wall. Not any longer. Though I have had several plain wood plaques already hung and ready near my shotgun. That way, when the day comes, I can just start taking heads and I will build a reputation throughout the wasteland. They will know that this human is not to be messed with. There are 11 different robotic animals like the one shown. Each robot has its own internal program which reacts with the outside environment thanks to its infrared sensor that makes the robots come to life and become aggressive towards anyone who comes near.

Toshiba’s 815T PB on Softbank robot phone

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on February 27th, 2008

Toshiba’s robot phone
Toshiba’s new 815T PB on Softbank, developed to coincide with a new show featuring robo-phones is freakishly weird, but we love it. This is what phones should aspire to be. We only hope that they don’t become self aware and drill into your skull, in order to take up permanant residence on your ear. We might all become servants to these things.

Transformer fans will no doubt wet their pants. This is the first mobile phone that you could actually use as a toy. Yes, this is real. Obviously the silver one is the good guy, the black one just looks mean. Not much more info at this time, but I hope other phone manufacturers are paying attention.

R2-D2 video projector: pre-order yours now

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2008

R2-D2 video projector
Star Wars fans can finally pre-order this highly anticipated R2-D2 Video Projector. The 1/2 scale repro will be a limited edition, with only 4000 units of the DVD reader projector being made. The droid is also iPod compatible, users can play the files on their players or connect the projector to a game console using an integrated dock. It even comes with a Millennium Falcon remote control which seems kind of weird.

The R2 Video Projector will retail for 2799 euros. If you have that kind of dough, you better beat a path through the sand and beat the Jawa Sandcrawlers that are sure to be hunting these out.

R2-D2 cake: There’s always room for droids

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

R2-D2 cake
An R2-D2 cake that barely even looks like a cake? My fingers crave to dig into it’s dome head as I partake of it’s droid goodness by the heaping handful. Pastry chef Mark Randazzo of Mark Joseph Cakes sculpted this amazing treat. Note to George Lucas, let this guy cater any Lucasfilm events from now on.

It is 100% edible. As you can see, there is some amazing detail on this cake. R2 cakes are nothing new of course, but this one is an absolute masterpiece. I just asked my wife why her cakes don’t look like that and I immediately got a wiimote to the balls. Careful with the Wii everyone, seems injuries really can happen.