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Voice Activated R2-D2

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on August 4th, 2010

Artoo is back. This time from Hammacher as a Voice Activated R2-D2 toy for rich geeks. This motorized replica will respond to various voice commands, going through your halls and rooms as if easily as he traverses Tatooine.

He can obey over 40 voice commands. Stuff like “Turn around!,” “Move forward two units!” etc. Which makes your droid seem like a lame version of R2, but it’s the best we can do right now. He also has games like tag, relying on his built-in infrared sensor to search for you.

Ghostly telepresence robot Telenoid R1

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on August 2nd, 2010

Yeah, this bot looks like Casper the friendly ghost. The Telenoid R1 comes from designer Hiroshi Ishiguro and just like Casper I’m sure he doesn’t mean to scare people, but he will. It’s the latest telepresence robot in Japan.

Weighing in at 11-lbs. the robot’s stubs, tail, eyes, mouth and limbs all move in synch with the user, thanks to 9 actuators. Facial expressions are transmitted to the robot through FaceAPI software, which tracks the eyes, mouth, and tilt of the head.

WowWee’s Roboscooper picks things up

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on August 1st, 2010

WowWee’s robots are always awesome as fun companions, but they aren’t very useful for much else. Up until now that is. The company’s new Roboscooper will actually pick stuff up off your floor. Which means that this little guy will clean everything your Roomba can’t.

He takes six AAA batteries, so he can potentially do alot of cleaning. The catch is that it will only pick up small, one ounce objects, and its storage capacity is not very big. You can operate this guy in autonomous or remote-controlled mode. There’s also a “whack” mode, which makes this little bot swat objects out of his way.

Robot USB Hubs with USB ports in their arms & legs

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2010

These awesome retro robots are actually Robot USB Hubs. Each has four usb ports, one on each of their arms and legs. They also feature LED eyes which show you the power status when they’re connected. These USB Robots are available in six different colors and designs, like pink, red, black, light blue, gray and yellow.

They are only $18.95 each. They’re pretty cute. If you buy more then one, make sure they don’t start plotting your demise behind your back. I love robots, so I’ll be getting several of these myself.

Robot marries couple in Japan

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on May 17th, 2010


Here’s a heartwarming story of two robot geeks that fell in love and were then married by a robot. Tomohiro Shibato and Satoko Inoue were married in a ceremony conducted by none other than the 4-foot tall i-Fairy robot.

We aren’t sure if that is actually legal in Japan. And if it isn’t, this guy has a legal way out at some point. At the very least I hope this same robot will handle the divorce. We hear that some Roomba’s walked her down the aisle and Asimo caught the bouquet, while Bender smoked a cigar in back and proclaimed, “I’d hit that”.

Robot Matryoshkas

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on May 10th, 2010

Robots don’t always have to be scary. Sometimes they can be cute and geeky, like these awesome robot Nesting Dolls (Matryoshkas). It’s a new take on the classic old Russian Toy.

These nesting dolls have been designed to look like cool retro robots. And when you have robots within robots, does anything get any funner? Maybe I’m just a nerd, but I like these and at just $14.99, I have money left over to buy other robots too.

Bender iPhone case and keychain

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on May 2nd, 2010

If you’re a fan of Futurama or just of robots in general, you can never have too much Bender. This Bender iPhone case is from etsy seller NOKOMOMO and comes with a matching keychain.

Admittedly, it looks as if Bender is a mask wearing bandit or has some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle genes, but it’s still a pretty cool iPhone case. You gotta love that beer-swilling cigar smoking bot, so why not show your love by buying this baby at just $24.

Lego robot plays Tetris

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2010


We’ve seen our share of robots and we’ve seen our share of Tetris related items. But until now, the two have never collided in such a cool way. This robot plays Tetris! Branislav Kisacanin’s Tetris-Bot uses a video camera to watch the computer screen and determine which shape is which and where to put them.

That info is then sent to a Lego Mindstorm NXT robot, who hovers over the keyboard with three fingers. You might also notice the R.O.B.-like head too.

Roboplant, the walking robot plant team

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2010

Roboplant also known as the Nomadic Plant is a working art project by Gilberto Esparza. It’s powered by microbial energy and it’s sole goal in life is to supply its microbes with nutrients, while at the same time cleaning up the environment. It’s a win for the Bot and a win for the environment.

A plant is riding along and getting some extra nutrients for itself. So when Roboplant finds polluted water and takes a drink and top off its microbial fuel cells, the plant eats too.

Honda redesigns Asimo

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2010

It’s been awhile since Honda redesigned Asimo. 13 years to be exact. The P4 looks a bit more streamlined than the P3, but as you can see it’s still the same basic bulky bot we know and love.

The P4 robot is about the same height as the P3, standing at 160cm tall, but the weight has been reduced from 130kg to 80kg. There are also some blue covers on the upper torso and feet and he has 34 degrees of freedom, 4 more than the P3. A flexible waist improves walking and presumably running and dancing as well.

Lego Mindstorms robot powered by Nokia N900, Twitter

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2010

Is there an area of our lives that Twitter has not taken over? Not anymore. Twitter has many uses and one of those uses is commanding robots like this Lego Mindstorm robot. It’s controlled by a Nokia N900 phone and users can tweet commands to the @N900Niko account and tell Niko the robot what to do. Stuff like, move forward, turn around or take a photo with the N900.

Photos are posted on Twitter using Twitpic. While you aren’t likely to see anything shocking, you’ll see plenty of floor, some chairs, maybe a trashcan. Who knows, it may go all Alfred Hitchcock and let you witness a murder. Probably not though.

Samsung Navibot vacuum cleaners

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 11th, 2010

When you think robot vacuum cleaners, you tend to think Roomba, but they aren’t the only game in town. Samsung wants in on some of that floor cleaning dough too, with their Navibot vacuum cleaners, which come in Samsung Navibot SR8845 and Samsung Navibot SR8855 models.

These automated vacuum cleaners will clean up all of your floor junk as usual, but the more advanced Samsung Navibot SR8855 even sports touch sensitive buttons and an on board scheduler. The Virtual Guards feature creates an infrared virtual fence to help it prioritize cleaning zones. It will run for 90 minutes on a single battery charge.

Android Pillows

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2010

We know that your Android obsession knows no bounds. So while trying to collect all of the various toys and stay abreast of all the latest devices rocking the platform, why not rest your head on this soft Android pillow.

The little green bot will lull you to sleep and make all of your dreams come true. And if you can’t sleep, just count bots instead of sheep. The pillow measures 12 x 12 inches and each are handcrafted by Craftsquatch for about $20.

Recycling Robot sorts plastic

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 3rd, 2010

Most plastics in stores, in our homes and in our recycling bins are recyclable, but not very much of that actually gets recycled. Only about 6%. And that’s understandable. It’s hard for humans to sort through all those types of plastics. Plus we’re lazy and we tend to daydream a lot. That’s where a robot comes in handy.

This robot was designed by Mitsubishi and Osaka University and uses lasers to sort through all kinds of plastics very quickly. It has five different lasers that measure the reflectivity of each kind of plastic, allowing it to sort them all out.

Green Max Robot Toilet Transformer

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2010

When is the last time you saw a toilet Transformer? It’s a first for me too. There’s actually a toilet maker called TOTO in Japan, who makes “Greenmax” toilets. To market these porcelain thrones they are using this robot action figure. TOTOROBO’s signature catchphrase? That would be “Protect the Earth, GMAX! Ready – Switch, on!”.

It’s too bad that with all the good the company does the environment with their toilets, the creation of this plastic toy with such huge packaging sort of undoes all that and flushes it all away.