Climbatron scoffs at the forces of gravity, using suction cups built into its feet to climb up, down, around, even upside down smooth surfaces like windows, mirrors, and metal file cabinets! Simply turn on the switch and place this little robot on any suitable surface and watch it start climbing.

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Robo Crane

August 20, 2007

Toy cranes haven’t changed much over the years but as of late they have been seeing some hard competition from the likes of Stacker titles. 

In Japan they have come up with a new concept for cranes called the RoboCrane. Players steer a robot around to collect their prizes which leads to a different feel and degree of control over traditional cranes. It is an interesting concept and is currently being tested in Japanese arcade venues.

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Whether you’re an Autobot or a Decepticon, you’ll certainly dig these high-rez pics of the Transformers that the movie’s Producer-Director Michael Bay has placed on his personal blog. And hey, you can clearly see that Megatron has pointy teeth!

Now we can wait until July 4th (Transformers movie debut to the uninitiated) in peace. After you check out this gallery, be sure to go to Bay’s site to see the high-rez versions.

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Before Transformers invade the silver screens around the world on the 4th of July, little ones are already appearing to takeover mankind. These earphones from Takara Tomy can be transformed into a robot! Here it is, on a woman’s ear, in the midst of its transformation. It’s called the Transformers Music Label Frenzy & Rumble. It will go on sale in Japan on July 19, 2007 for 3,950 yen.


The Japanese toymaker Tomy Company’s “Transformers Sports Label Convoy feat. Nike Free 7.0”, which transforms from a pair of plastic half-scale Nike shoes (bottom) into a robot named “Convoy” (L), is displayed in front of a full-size Nike Free 7.0 shoe in Tokyo, April 25, 2007. The robot, created as a collaboration between the Japanese toymaker and Nike Japan, will go on sale in Japan on April 26, 2007 for a price of 2,625 yen.

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SegaToys created a new chicken robot to services and comfort the people in our new urban loneliness. The chick has touch sensors that trigger it to do nothing but chirps and cheeps or flap its wings when its back is stroked. It cannot, however, move… All you need to do is ensure it receives a constant supply of fresh batteries lest it be muted for good. The Robot Chick never ever grow up, chirping until its internal circuits give up the ghost.

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I saw this in Takashimaya in Singapore Orchard. I think it cost about SGD39.90. This R/C R2-D2 Action Figure is like a Star Wars fanboy’s wet dream come true. The size of a regular action figure, this tiny droid is fully controllable from the included lightsaber remote. Authentic R2-D2 sounds, turning head and red LED eye complete the package. No more playing with your old skool Star Wars figures by shaking them and talking in a funny voice, this is the real deal…

Thinkgeek says these mini R/C R2-D2s come directly from Japan and are fully licensed by Lucasfilm, so I assume the price is still okay for any Star Wars fan. Ignore the Japanese instructions and simply flip the switches on the back of the R2 and the remote to get things going. Button style batteries are included.

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Another 97 days it will take… but hey… nice posters of Optimus Prime and Megatron fierce features… not the 1980s bright coloured versions on TV… Transformers… robots in disguise…

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Chapit is an “intelligent” companion helping you for some basic tasks like turning the light on or turning on electric or electronic devices (television… air conditioning system…) Chapit comes pre-programmed with a vocabulary of 100 words, but it has the capacity for 10,000, should you be a patient teacher. He can smile, look miserable and do something, quite frankly, provocative as hell with his mouth. You can give him give him orders via the internet and it has the ability to recognise individuals.

Human has come to this state where they cannot even lift up their hand to switch off the lights…

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Spyke Spy Robot

February 25, 2007

Spyke works as a wireless VOIP phone, moves, detects movement and activates an alarm on your computer or sends you a picture by email, speaks and plays your own music over Wi-Fi… and a weapon for peeping tom?

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Sometimes life just get stale and inspiration doesn’t come from even beautful everyday things… So where go we get inspirations from… Fantasy and science fictions… Izmojuki’s website has many nice drawings and photoshopped images of robots, the types that always fascinates me since childhood and still does… the types that even look more imaginative than gundams and patlabors and macross and robotechs…


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