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Sphero has recently released a new member to their robotic ball series, the SPRK+. The Gadgeteer Kid and I know the world of Sphero pretty well, having reviewed the original, second generation Spheros and more recently the DarkSide Ollie. The new clear plastic SPRK+ takes the experience to a new level. The SPRK+ is not only meant to be played with [...]

Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

Before I pursued a degree in entomology, I first considered marine biology. I've always marveled at the unusual life forms out there, many of which exist in the ocean and many are in places most of us don't have access to. The company OpenROV has sold personal underwater robot kits for those like me who [...]

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I've been a huge fan of Neato's Botvacs after reviewing their Neato Botvac 80 robot vacuum earlier this year. I continue to use it several times a week to keep my floors clean and love that it does the work while I can do other things. Neato has just announced a new D series with models [...]

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After reading Julie's posts comparing Android and Apple, do you find yourself firmly in the pro-Android camp?  Or maybe you're just in the pro-cute robot camp?  These official Google-approved bot figures from the Big Box Edition collectors series will make a cute addition to your office or home desk to show your Android or robot pride.  Each [...]

Posted in: Android, News

Flashback to several weeks ago... It's 3:30pm and I race home from my day job so I can work on Gadgeteer reviews for 90 minutes until Jeanne gets home from work. I sit down in front of my MacBook Pro for some quality writing time when the phone rings. I answer the call. It's Jeanne. "Can [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Reviews

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 [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News

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 [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News

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 [...]

Posted in: Geek Toys, Home and Kitchen, News

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 [...]

Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Geek Toys, News

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 [...]

Posted in: iOS, News

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, iOS, 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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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 [...]

Posted in: Android

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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