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iRobot delivers its 3,000th PackBot

Posted in iRobot by Shane McGlaun on February 17th, 2010

Robots are a big deal around here and we are all anxiously waiting for the day when robots will clean the house, mow the lawn, and cook for us so we can spend more time on video games and Facebook. There are some robots already available like the iRobot vacuum cleaners for homes and some robots for law enforcement and military use.

One of the most common robots in the military is the iRobot PackBot. iRobot has announced that it has shipped its 3,000th PackBot since the device was introduced in 2007. The PackBot has tank treads and an articulating arm with a camera to show the remote driver what is going on.

Zibits mini RC robots break cover

Posted in Toys by Shane McGlaun on February 15th, 2010

If you read SlipperyBrick much you know we are suckers for cool RC toys and robots. When you combine both into one tiny package, you really grab my attention. A company called Senario has unveiled a tiny RC robot called Zibits.

The little bot can be had in 12 different designs to appeal to all tastes. Each of the little bots is a bit more than 2-inches in size and has a remote to control the robot.

Cat Vs. robot arm

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

Before robots take over the world, they’ll have a few obstacles to overcome. Obstacles like cats. As evidenced by this video where some guy decided to pit his robot arm against his girlfriend’s cat.

The result is both adorable and tragic. And it’s all from the robot’s POV. Makes me want to watch a whole movie about cats and bots battling for the fate of the Earth, but that’s just me.

Robot Camera makes your subject smile

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on February 11th, 2010

Sometimes it can be tough to make the subject of your photographs smile. You could make a funny face, tell a funny joke or just use this Robot Camera. This camera will take three photos from different perspectives with each shot, since its eyes and mouth are really lenses.

It’s an old school robot that uses traditional film though, no digital here. It will cost you $59.99 and comes in black or white colors. If you love robots, this is the camera for you.

Heineken robot serves you a cold one

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on February 8th, 2010

This “Heineken Bot” sports Heineken’s green colors and was made by the folks at Middlesex University. The beer-bot was recently shown off at the Kinetica Art Fair in London, where it kept humans inebriated and topped off.

If a human moves their hand above its sonar-sensing head, and then place a cup in its holder they are rewarded with beer. Is there any better reward? No. No there is not.

Robonaut2: NASA’s humanoid robot astronaut

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on February 4th, 2010

We’ve sent robots into space before, but nothing humanoid like this guy. If monkeys can get shot into space, then why not? That way astronauts can get creeped out by robots just like we do down on Earth. Should make them feel more at home.

Robonaut2 was developed by NASA and GM. It’s basically a trainable, expendable crew member who can be sent out to do dangerous stuff that astronauts don’t want to risk their lives doing. Robonaut2 is ambidextrous and can use the same tools as human astronauts, while able to lift up to 20lbs.

Dyzplastic’s Android figurines

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on February 2nd, 2010

Android is all the rage. If only you had some cute action figures to display your love for the OS. Well, now you can. Artist Andrew Bell has partnered with Google to release a series of authorized Android robot figurines, starting with an initial run of 12 designs in blind boxes.

You’ll want to collect them all because these guys look adorable. The figures stand 3 inches tall and have articulating heads and arms. They will be available starting the 10th of this month.

PETA wants Punxsutawney to use robot groundhog

Posted in Robots by Shane McGlaun on January 28th, 2010

If you ever needed more proof that a group of supporters for a cause that is actually pretty good can really mess things up and look like morons, look no further than PETA. PETA is the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and they routinely toss red paint on fur coats and make other dumb moves.

The dumbest thing they have ever done may well have occurred this week in Pennsylvania. Each year about this time, we start thinking about Groundhog’s Day. As the legend goes if the groundhog sees its shadow, we get more winter, but if it doesn’t see its shadow, spring will come sooner.

The R2-D2 mailbox has arrived

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2010

If you consider yourself a true Star Wars fan, then you will want to check this out. Bigbadtoystore.com is offering an item that will geek up your mail delivery/reception. This R2D2 mail box is available for pre-order on the site for $38.99. A collector’s edition will cost you an additional $2.00.

It just sits there and doesn’t really do anything, but who cares? It’s cool. At least until your neighbors steal it. They don’t say how big it is, but for that price it is obviously on the small side.

Help name LG’s robot mascot

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2010

See that cute little bot above being adored by all the ladies? That’s LG Electronics new robot mascot for their new line of Whisen air conditioners. They don’t have a name for him yet, but you can help since they’re holding a naming contest, which ends February 2nd, 2010.

What would you call him? Let us know in the comments. Their slogan for the air conditioners seems to be “Life is cool”. Life looks very cool for that bot.

Handmade Android robot plush bag

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on January 13th, 2010

Not sure why we haven’t seen this guy on more things. The Android Robot does fall under the Creative Commons license after all, but check this out Android fans. This cute little guy can’t be found in stores sadly, but we still want one.

Some guy got tired of waiting for Android Robot merchandise to appear and made this himself as a birthday present for a friend. It’s a hand crafted, one-of-a-kind, Android Plush Bag. Great for your Google phone or whatever.

ATOM-7xp humanoid robot is Atom-powered

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on January 4th, 2010

This bot looks like he’s a wise-guy with those eyebrows. He can also walk. But what’s really interesting is that he is made in the USA by Futurebots and powered by two Atom processors (a dual-core Atom 330 and an Atom 230), which power two separate systems running Windows XP and Windows 7.

ATOM-7x will have a range of capabilities thanks to several sensors, gyros and accelerometers. An advanced stereo vision system will let it “take on real world problems.” Whatever that means. Presumably it will make it easier for the bot to hunt down humans and steal their netbooks for an upgrade.

Asus Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2009

Move over Roomba, there’s a new robo-vac in town. Asus wants a piece of this market as well. The ECleaner robot sports a 6000-hour UV light that also helps disinfect your floor and comes with a slot that can be used for spreading the smelly fragrance of your choice.

It can even be controlled using a remote control and will be battery powered. Look for the ECleaner to be available in China and Taiwan before 2010 for about $150.

Morphius robot case mod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2009

Morphius robot case modSupposedly this mod comes from creator Maciel Barreto, but I’m not convinced. Clearly this thing arrived from the future with a mission to kill us all. But if Maciel wants to be an accomplice, that’s on him. He’s not fooling us.

This is basically a battle damaged robot with a PC inside that took months to build. Every detail of MORPHIUS was hand-carved in clay to make a silicone mold. Then the final shell was made from fiberglass and resin. So he claims.

Robotic lighting: Robolamps

Posted in Lamps by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2009

Robotic lighting: RobolampsCheck out these Robolamps from Croatian artist Robert Matysiak. They are all kinds of awesome and I want one now. They’re made from plumbing supplies and green or yellow light bulbs, which is probably what gives them their unique look.

Sadly they aren’t available to the public just yet. That’s a real shame because geeks like me would clean them out. They’re robots. They’re lamps. Enough said.