Robot

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In all my gadget reviewing years, I have yet to try or even test a robotic vacuum cleaner. It hasn't been from lack of desire, I just haven't found one worth trying - till now. Today in Tokyo, Dyson unveiled the Dyson 360 Eye cyclonic robot vacuum cleaner and it looks very impressive. From its [...]

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irobot-looj-330-2

I recently bought an iRobot floor cleaner, and while digging around on their site, I found they also sell a little robot that can take over the chore of cleaning out your gutters for you.   The iRobot Looj Gutter Cleaning Robot is only about 2" tall X 3" wide by 15.6" long, so it [...]

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robot-salt-and-pepper-shakers

If you like kitschy in the kitchen, these salt and pepper shakers will fit right in.  These are actual wind-up robots that can walk themselves over to the diners needing some seasoning for their food.  They're made of food-grade plastics, so you'll have no worries using them on your table.  The Salt and Pepper Wind-up [...]

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scribbler-drawing-robot

Did you have a Spirograph toy?  You remember, those plastic gear-like toys that let you draw amazing geometric designs?  Well, you won't have to expend any effort to draw the designs if you use the Scribbler Drawing Robot from Perpetual Kid.  The Scribbler is actually a kit; you'll need a hot glue gun and hot [...]

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double-robot

Here's a gift for the person that has everything. It's the Double Robot and it will let you be in two places at once. Feeling under the weather and don't feel like going to work to attend that important meeting? Let Double go for you. Double is a telepresence robot that stands 60 inches tall [...]

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Posted in: iPhone, iPad, iPod, News
sphero2

Last Winter Dave and his son (AKA The Gadgeteer Kid) reviewed the Sphero ball, which they found fun to play with, but were not convinced that it was worth the $130 price tag. A new version of this remote controlled toy has just been announced - the Sphero 2.0. What's different? It's now 2x faster [...]

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Romotive Romo-1

When I think of robots, I think of Rosie the Robot from the Jetsons cartoons or ASIMO, Honda's robot. The folks at Romotive have a different idea; it's called Romo, The Smart Phone Robot. Romo is basically a small, tracked vehicle that measure 5.6" long x 4.5" wide x 3" high.  You plug either your [...]

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Posted in: Geek Toys, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News

Last year Jackie told us about Necomimi, a pair of robotic cat ears that move in response to your brain waves. Now you can don a tail to complete your transition into a cat. Say what? I'm not making this up folks... Neurowear will soon be offering the Shippo, which is a motorized tail that [...]

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bero

Be The Robot (BERO for short) is the latest Kickstarter project to cause a blip on my gadget radar. You've probably seen the small Green  Android figurines on the market that seem to sell out as fast as they are made. BERO is about that same size (4"), but has up to 6 motors for [...]

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Cubelets – Square Robots

Construction toys are always good for kids both big or small.  Cubelets from Modular Robots is a set of magnetic and modular building blocks that can be built into robots that respond to the world around them.  Using sensor, logic and actuating blocks, you can build robots that drive around on a tabletop, respond to light, sound, and [...]

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3.8 metres tall, weighing 4,500 kilos and able to move at 10 kmh with a diesel engine, the Kuratas by Suidobashi Heavy Industry is the first giant boarding-robot.  Controllable from the cockpit, via an external controller or  via your smartphone, the Kuratas also comes with built in weapons; the "bottle" rocket launcher and the BB [...]

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From Wow Stuff in the UK, the self proclaimed "Greatest Toy in the Universe" has now been named the Attacknid. Battle against your friends or enemies with this six-legged, multi-directional, remote control robot.  With customisable armour and weapons, knock your opponents armour off,  hit 'em three times, and they'll be assimilated. Smyth's Toys in the [...]

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Mmm, is it just me or does this video creep you out a bit? The Clothbot was designed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. As a proof of concept model, the Clothbot uses a pair of wheels to grip wrinkles to enable itself to climb around on pieces [...]

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RC Robot2

The RC Toy Robot is a concept toy from designer Jaehong Eric Han.  The robot can be controlled from smart devices or across the internet, and multiple robots will be able to interact with each other. Amongst other capabilities are the ability to be used as a baby monitor, to give you alerts from your [...]

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The kids and I love making Sushi rolls, but it can be a tedious and slow process. The Sushibot was demonstrated at the World Food and Beverage Great Expo 2012 in Tokyo. Produced by Suzumo, a company that specialises in sushi making machines from domestic to commercial, the machine is capable of making up to 300 rolls [...]

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Theo Jansen’s Kinetic Beasts

Theo-Jansen

Dutch artist Theo Jansen creates "lifelike" kinetic structures using plastic tubes and lemonade bottles. Not a product you can buy, not sure what practical use, not sure what else I can say, but I think it's cool and hope you will too. So sit back and enjoy. :)  Watch the video after the jump.

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robotnation

Warning: If you like robots, DO NOT READ this article. Don't.do.it... If you decide not to heed my advice, it won't be my fault if your productivity goes down the drain for the next 8hrs and your credit card starts to complain. You've been warned. Note: Click the images in this review to see a larger [...]

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Bionic Boper

Hammacher Schlemmer has released the Bionic Bopper. The Bopper allows each driver to battle it out to deliver the round winning, chin-lifting uppercut. The driver sits inside the Bopper's protective steel cage cockpit and use two independent joysticks to maneuver while the thumb triggers activate two pneumatic powered , tire-treaded-fisted arms. Powered by a Honda gas [...]

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husqvarna-automower-1

I love my Roomba  so why not the same for my lawn ? Husqvarna has a range of  three robotic lawn mowers covering from 1800-3000m2 capability. Just like the Roomba, they find their own way home when they're low on battery to recharge. They have a timer/scheduler, are weatherproof  and include a theft alarm. There's [...]

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edge-robotic-arm-kit

This Edge Robotic Arm Kit from ThinkGeek could be the first step in automating your house - or at least dunking your teabag to make your mornings easier...  You won't have to solder, but you will have to follow instructions carefully.  In about 2 hours, you should have your own, working robotic arm.  The arm [...]

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