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Dyson unveils the Dyson 360 Eye cyclonic robot vacuum cleaner

on Thursday, September 4th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

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 itsRead More…

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Let this robot clean your gutters

on Sunday, March 9th, 2014
Posted in: Home, 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 itRead More…

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Let the salt and pepper shakers pass themselves

on Monday, January 6th, 2014

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-upRead More…

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This takes the Spirograph to a new level

on Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

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 hotRead More…

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Double Robot turns your iPad into your remote controlled alter ego

on Sunday, December 15th, 2013

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 tallRead More…

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The Sphero remote controlled robot ball gets an update

on Thursday, August 15th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, 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 fasterRead More…

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Romo, The Smart Phone Robot makes your wish its command

on Friday, April 12th, 2013

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 yourRead More…

First there were ears, now there’s a tail. What’s next?

on Saturday, September 22nd, 2012
Posted in: Miscellaneous, 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 thatRead More…

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BERO is Your new Android Smartphone Controlled Little Buddy

on Friday, August 31st, 2012

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 forRead More…

Cubelets – Square Robots

on Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

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, andRead More…

Kuratas – Own Your Personal Mecha Robot

on Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

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 BBRead More…

Attacknid – Resistance is Futile

on Saturday, July 14th, 2012
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

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 theRead More…

Clothbot – Climb Your Clothes

on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

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 piecesRead More…

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RC Robot Could Be Your Robotic Pal

on Monday, May 7th, 2012
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

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 yourRead More…

Sushibot – Feed an army of hungry Sumos

on Thursday, April 12th, 2012
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

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 rollsRead More…

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Theo Jansen’s Kinetic Beasts

on Monday, February 6th, 2012
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

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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My Robot Nation – Build Your Own Robot Figurine

on Thursday, January 12th, 2012

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.

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Hammacher Schlemmer Bionic Bopper Car – Float like a lawnmower sting like a…

on Sunday, November 13th, 2011
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

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 gasRead More…

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Husqvarna Automower – Lock up the dog first

on Sunday, August 14th, 2011

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’sRead More…

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Edge Robotic Arm Kit from ThinkGeek

on Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

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 armRead More…

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6-in-1 Solar Robot Kit Review

on Friday, April 1st, 2011

What do you get when you combine robot toys and a solar cell? You get the fun and educational 6-in-1 Solar Robot Kit from MiniInTheBox.com. Let’s take a look.

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Robot Owl for your Laptop

on Saturday, October 2nd, 2010
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

This has to be the cutest USB toy that I’ve seen in awhile. It’s a little plastic Owl that can perch on the top edge of your laptop screen or on an included tree stump. It can blink and cock its head from left to right. Unfortunately it won’t hoot or flap its wings, butRead More…

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Skitterbot – A Bug You Won’t Want to Squash

on Friday, September 24th, 2010
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

I had the opportunity to see the Skitterbot in action last February when I attended the International Toy Fair in NYC. The Skitterbot is a small bug shaped robot that is crazy fast. It can travel at one foot per second. You can control the Skitterbot with the 5 function remote that includes controls forRead More…

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Store Your Data in a Robot

on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
Posted in: Gear, News

There’s nothing unusual about this USB flash drive other than its form.  Remove the little silver robot’s head to access the 4GB USB flash drive.  He keeps a hold on his head, so you don’t have to worry about misplacing the cap to your drive.  There’s a clip on his back, so you can carryRead More…

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mydeskfriend Review

on Friday, March 26th, 2010
Posted in: Geek Toys, Reviews

mydeskfriend from Arimaz is a 2.5 inch tall penguin that interacts with your Facebook account. It is similar to the Nabaztag wifi rabbit and Violet Mir:ror as it has some of the same features – it will read your emails, tell you the weather forecast, read the news etc. Let’s take a closer look.