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Voltron transforms into a working camera

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on June 11th, 2009

Voltron transforms into a working cameraThis transforming Voltron is awesome. A) It’s Voltron. B)It transforms into a working camera. and C) See A and B. This transforming Voltron action figure actually shoots 110 film. Apparently it was sold in the 1980s by Impulse Ltd.

Not that that helps us get one in the here and now. Few things in life are this awesome. Now, we are on a mission to find one. This is way cooler then that time my Qosmio notebook turned into a Transformer.

6 In 1 solar robot kit

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on May 28th, 2009

6 In 1 solar robot kitThis 6 in 1 solar kit can be built into a dog, boat, car, plane (static and moving), and even a windmill. Looks like a great way to learn a bit about robotics and solar energy. Only £13.00, which is odd because I don’t think they get much sun in the UK, so not very much play time with this thing.

Still, rain or shine, you get a bunch of variety in one kit. Six robots are better than one. Buy a few kits and soon you’ll have a solar robot army.

Terminator Salvation Bobble Heads

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on May 27th, 2009

Terminator Salvation Bobble HeadsTerminators are usually scary. But like everything else, they just look silly with a bobble head. Celebrate the release of the new Terminator Salvation movie by getting one of these Terminator Salvation Bobble heads. You could punch it’s head over and over again and pretend you’re tough like John Conner. Or just because you want your movie money back.

There are two versions available of the T-600 Terminator, the first one pictured has built in LED lights for eyes.

Tigatron Transformers USB drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2009

Tigatron Transformers USB driveIf you have already ordered the Qosmio Netbook transformer and the Trypticon laser mouse or the Ravage USB drive, you’ll want to add this latest one to your collection.

Same damn thing as Ravage, different paint job. It’s the Tigatron Transformers USB Drive. It comes with some attitude and 2GB of storage and supports Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista as well as Mac. It will cost you $51.

Botropolis: This week in robots

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on May 22nd, 2009

BotropolisAnother week, another robot roundup. John Connor really has his work cut out for him. Right now it may be cute to make Nuclear Fuel Cells that fuel Terminators, or Transforming dinosaurs, but it’s no longer fun and games when a naked Terminator shows up in your town and steals your clothes and motorcycle. Here’s some of what we covered on Botropolis this week:

NSFW: A Girl Gets Transformed.

iPod Touch: It makes a good robot head.

iRobot: Ember bots.

To Serve and Protect: Robocop armor.

Trypticon Transforming Laser Mouse

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2009

Trypticon Transforming Laser MouseMouse or robot dinosaur? No one knows for sure. But thank god the transformers in the new Transformers movie don’t look as cheap as these. These are like the Ravage Transforming USB flash drive, just not as awesome.

Disguise your mouse as a dinosaur, or disguise your dinosaur as a mouse. Obviously you need to make them fight at some point. Only a whooping $60 and due in September 2009.

Transformers Ravage USB drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2009

Transformers Ravage USB driveRemember that transformer who used to transform from a cat into a cassette? That’s old school Ravage. New school Ravage is an awesome USB drive. This combines all of the awesomeness that is transformers, with USB technology.

It’s simply the latest way to fly your geek flag from your USB port. Pose him, transform him and fill his 2GB soul with data. Ravage will cost you $43 and he ships in September.

Botropolis: This week in robots

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2009

Botropolis: This week in robotsRobots have been busy this week, which is fitting since they are our slaves. When they are finished being busy with all the chores we give them, they’ll be busy wiping us off the face of the Earth. This week over at Botropolis we got to check out a Roomba’s chaotic path, saw one printing on the floor, and learned about a bot that asks for directions. Here’s some other stuff we covered.

Roomba mod: Roomba gets a hand.

SOBEaR: The Robot Panda Bartender.

Jackoon: The Soul Of Jackson Pollock In A Robot Body.

Lost robot crosses city by asking directions

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on May 14th, 2009

ACE is a robot that will find humans, ask for directions, even interpret the pointing gestures of silly humans to find its way. He even says thank you before going on his way. With ACE, German scientists have shown that robots lost in urban areas don’t need to rely on their own faculties to get from place to place.

This is the real world that the robot is roaming, not a controlled environment. After 5 hours and 38 interactions, ACE reached its destination. So it is actively gathering and using real world data to find it’s way. It doesn’t seem very efficient, but it’s a huge step. As they say, knowledge is power. I’d much rather have a robot that is able to adapt then a dumb machine following a route.

Roomba’s journey is beautiful, organized chaos

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on May 10th, 2009

Roomba's journey is beautiful, organized chaosThe Roomba may be autonomous and the little cleaning robot manages to keep most of your rooms nice and clean, but have you ever thought about its journey. No, I’m not getting all philosophical about the bot. I mean the path that it takes vacuuming your home.

This long-exposure shot, shot in a span of 30-minutes, reveals just its crazy and chaotic seeming, yet organized path. It’s like a dance. A dance of cleanliness. You can see the initial spiral path in the center, but after that it’s chaos that somehow manages to cover the entire area.

Botropolis: This week in robots

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on May 8th, 2009

Botropolis: This week in robotsIt’s Friday. That means it’s time to take a look at the week that was in robotics news. We saw all of the usual suspects over at Botropolis this week. Those that can kill us, those that can’t kill us but want to, those that clean up after us and those who plan to clean up after the last of us are dead. Here’s just some of what we covered this week.

DustCar Garbage Robot: He’s no Wall-E, but it’s a start.

RX-64: Servos that break bones.

KASPAR: Helping Kids With Autism.

Robot Sheep shearing: Do androids dream of shearing electric sheep?

Floor-wiping robot is like a cylon worm that evolved from the Swiffer

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on May 7th, 2009

The Fukitorimushia floor-cleaning robot wipes instead of vacuums, like an inchworm with a cylon eye. Designed by Panasonic, the little robot is wrapped in a nanocloth sleeve, which collects dust and debris as the robot crawls, worm-style, across your floor.

Yes, what we have here is the swiffer evolved. Its also has sensors to seek out dirt, so it will focus on problem areas first, then move on the assorted crumbs. Nothing on price or availability yet.

Moto-Terminator concept

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2009

Moto-Terminator conceptI know that you can hardly wait for the Terminator Salvation movie to hit. So here’s something to tide you over until opening day. Titan Books just released the Terminator concept art of the Moto-Terminator. That’s where a Terminator is riding a motorcycle, or is the cycle, or transforms into a cycle. Or whatever. Either way it isn’t good for John Conner.

It’s the Ducati Hypermotard. When the Terminator fuses with the bike, it be an all new killing machine with the familiar red eyes.

Botropolis: This week in robots

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on April 17th, 2009

Botropolis: This week in robotsIt’s time for our weekly roundup of everything robot. Another Easter has come and gone without a robot attack. For this we are thankful. It looked like this might be the year that cyborg bunnies finally made their move and started churning real peeps into Easter peeps. But nope. Nothing. Here’s some of what we covered this week over at Botropolis.

Puff The Magic Robot Dragon: He’s quick with a joke or to put out your smoke.

Tweenbots: The adorable cardboard robot experiment.

Doctor Who: K9 is back.

Puff the magic arduino robot dragon

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on April 15th, 2009

Puff the magic arduino robot dragonThis Puff Robotic Fire Fighter looks like a toy thanks to the stickers. But it’s a bit more sophisticated than that. In panic mode it’s just like a human with a fight or flight instinct. Which comes in handy as this guy is a firefighter.

Puff puts out rather than starts fires. He Scans his Head to find the Flames, then heads towards the Flame and blows it out. If he fails to blow out the Fire within 2 tries the “PANIC” mode kicks in and he backs away to save himself.