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Speaker Bot plays your MP3 player

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Despite all of the conspiracy theories that robots will someday take over the world, you can’t help but love this robot.  He’s completely harmless, all he does is play your favorite music all day long.  He may have a permanently goofy expression on his face, but at least he has his uses.  Plus he’s made out of new and old parts, which means you’d be giving new use for old discarded electronics.

These robots ship out worldwide and are assembled in New York by Lipson Robotics.  In order to power the speaker, you can use the power adapter and plug it into the wall, use batteries or plug it into the USB port on your computer.  He even comes branded with a metal nameplate to declare the robots origins (Lipson Robotics).  The speaker will work with any MP3 player and can be purchased for $550 from Etsy.

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Omnitread can get to places that we can’t

earthquake_californiaI’m not certain what it is, but there is a lot of cool robot stuff happening today. First the JO-ZERO, the Remo, and now the OmniTread.

The OmniTread isn’t a humanoid robot, and it isn’t a kit that you can special order just yet. The OmniTread is the work of some developers at the University of Michigan, and it is designed for some very rugged work.

As you can see in the video (after the jump), you will note that the design of the OmniTread resembles that of a train. The serpentine robot has treads on all four sides of its segments, and pneumatic bellows that can lift itself up like a caterpillar.

Right now, the developers at the University of Michigan have two models of the OmniTread. One of them, the OT-4, is named because it has the ability to crawl through a small hole only four inches in diameter. Their experiments show them working with an Omnitread with an AC cord, but they do have a working model that is good for 75 hours worth of use with the help of some battery power.

The uses of the OmniTread are similar to the robo hummingbird that we reported on a few days ago. It is a machine that can go to places that we cannot, such as a collapsed building or cave-in. Just imagine having a durable camera mounted on the front of this guy, and you’ll see what I mean.

I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the OmniTread at work on the job in the near future. In fact, my source claims it was “ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice” for a quake that recently occurred in San Diego, but I couldn’t find a secondary source to back this up. Until then, let’s just assume that the OmniTread is just concept tech.

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Discovery Drumset

discovery-srumsetYou don’t need to wait for birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas to give gifts to a loved one, and kids of all ages definitely love presents without any occassion! The Discovery Drumset might be your next purchase in line, as it will help hone your little one’s hand-eye co-ordination since one needs to follow the lights to play a song, but the more musically inclined will be able to create their own tunes with the ability to choose from eight drum rhythms. Powered by a quartet of AA batteries, it is currently on sale for $19.99.


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WiiWaa: Clearly the most fun you can have with the Wii and a stuffed toy

If you look at the WiiWaa, you might just see a freaky looking stuffed toy with a Wiimote shoved down its throat. However, you should not judge it too harshly, because I personally believe that the WiiWaa is poised to start a new revolution in interactive gaming for the pre-tween crowd.

As you can see from the video, a whole world of possibilities is available to the one who force-feeds this little monster a motion-controller.

When the youngster wiggles the WiiWaa to make him walk, it actually makes the video game character walk in the game. If little junior wiggles the WiiWaa slowly, then it’s like its sneaking up on someone, perfect when approaching sleeping giants. Uh-oh, the giant is starting to wake up! Little junior better make the WiiWaa duck.

I realize that it sounds like I’m being sarcastic about this thing, but in all honesty, this WiiWaa is a game that I, as an adult, would love to play. Especially when it has that double-bungee cord action going on. I’m sure my kids would be begging for me to stop playing, and I will look down on them and answer “no”. Whoa, I’m starting to sound like Rorschach from Watchmen there.

Unfortunately, there is no word when this WiiWaa will actually hit the market. I could easily see it as the Zhou-Zhou pet for next year’s Christmas season.

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The Stanley LED Torch Watch

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Those of you that enjoy your Stanley tools might not mind that this watch is incredibly bulky.  It’s said to have some convenient perks to it.  One of which being that they managed to fit a small flashlight on the watch.  Which means this is either a really big watch or a really tiny flashlight holder.  It just depends on your outlook.

This Stanley branded wristband also comes with a miniature toolbox container to keep the watch within.  The watch itself has a backlight to make it possible to see the time in all conditions.  It also has a timer and an alarm.  The small torch is attached to the top part of the watch and will make it possible to see whatever it is you happen to be working on.  You can purchase the Stanley LED Torch Watch for $58 from Watch Brando.  Although this probably would be a ridiculous watch to wear on a regular basis, it would be helpful for certain situations.

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Cydle P29A accompanies you on your travels

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Do you do plenty of traveling throughout the year? If the answer is in the affirmative, then you might want to consider getting the new Cydle P29A as your faithful mobile sidekick. Meant to kickstart the budding mobile TV revolution, the Cydle P29A will be introduced formally to public eyes at CES 2010 which is happening next week. Just in case you have not heard about Cydle, they are an emerging leader in car-based multimedia systems and is also one of South Korea’s biggest consumer electronics companies. This multi-functional device boasts a multimedia player and subscription-free Mobile TV to keep you entertained on the road, where we will take a closer look at it in the extended post.

The Cydle P29A will play nice with the P29H device from the same company as well, where it will result in the coupling of a multimedia player with HD Radio Technology. With the Cydle P29A targeting a Q2 2010 release date at an estimated retail price of $199, it will also boast of the distinction of being one of the pioneers in free mobile TV to hit the US market, incorporating the ASTC digital standard for mobile TV technology. Depending on where you stay, channels will vary so you might want to take note of that.

Features of the Cydle P29A media player include a high-resolution 2.9″ touchscreen display, an optimized interface for easy use even for first timers, high quality audio and video playback, a built-in gravity sensor to view in portrait or landscape mode, depending on how the device is orientated, a photo viewer to cycle through your favorite digital memories, a world clock, multiple alarms, a stopwatch, calculator and voice recording capability. Guess you and the family won’t be bored with this on the road – just make sure you juice it up before your travels.

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Robot Hummingbird could one day have a tiny camera

hummingbird_robot-620x500One of the most intriguing creatures in the animal kingdom is the hummingbird. These small birds have wings that move faster than 30 times per second, and they are the only bird that can fly backwards.

It does not surprise me that a Japanese researcher named Hiroshi Liu modeled his flying robot after the hummingbird. His robo-hummingbird, for lack of a better word, weighs up 2.6 grams and 10 centimeters long. Just to let you know, this is about the size of a non-robo-hummingbird.

Believe it or not, research into this robotic avian is at $2 million, and counting. The end-goal of this project is to create a robo-hummingbird with a tiny camera. This will allow the robo-hummingbird to fly into tight corners for going to places that humans cannot reach.

For example, in situations where a mineshaft has collapsed, and there is only tiny openings for air. Just send in the robo-hummingbird and check on the status on survivors. Now, you could achieve the same effect by mounting a tiny camera on a small flying toy copter, but the toy chopper would not be as stable in its flight.

Personally, I can easily see this robo-hummingbird being used as some sort of spy camera. I’m not certain if adding a colorful hummingbird disguise would fool anyone, though.

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Logic Bolt Projector Phone

PhoneImage_MenuScreenThere has been a lot talk about the LG eXpo, a phone that has a pico-projector. However, CES last year had on display Logic Wireless’ Bolt projector phone. That phone is capable of throwing a VGA image on the wall that is 64 inches wide.

Of course, the projector is only one of the features of this phone that can run Symbian. It also has a touchscreen, as well as slots for two SIM cards.

It also has two cameras, one for the front and one for the back. I suppose that this is some design for the days when cellular phones will be all video-capable. Yeah, I’m still awaiting that day myself.

The Logic Bolt is available at, of all places, Sky Mall. It costs about $500, and that’s the unlocked price. I don’t know who wants this particular phone, as it doesn’t seem to have a carrier.

I’m going to venture a guess and say that this will be on display on CES on a little more than a week. If so, I would like to see how the projector fares against pico-projectors. If it can make the images more clear, then there might be market for this. As it is, it seems a little excessive.

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Bloxels glow-in-the-dark interactive blocks

500x_bloxel1Bloxels aren’t just any blocks, but they can change color and glow. Of course, it uses the power of technology to create this luminous and colorful effect.

Think of it as some colorful Legos, and each of the blocks has a transmitter so you can make some beautiful designs. Bloxels are not just some glowing cube, but the Bloxels work by obtaining its color data from the lower level Bloxel. Somehow the data is transmitted through a series of infrared high-speed flickers.

Bloxels are the creation of Jinha Lee, who had a vision of pixels that “escaped the monitor screen and became controllable by people”? I suppose the name Bloxel comes form a combination of the word “block” and “pixel”.

Each Bloxel consists of two full color LEDs for display, nine infrared LEDs for data transmission, a photo detector, battery, and micro controller. As I mentioned before, this is from the creation of Jinha Lee, but there doesn’t seem to be any toy companies in line to purchase this. I suppose that it could be sort of educational, and maybe they could figure out a way to make the blocks in all sorts of building block shapes. Of course, there are a lot of batteries to be sold separately here.

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Round 2 of Crazy Earphones from Solid Alliance

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There’s nothing quite like owning a pair of earphones that make it appear as if you have a mushroom growing out of both ears.  You’re bound to turn heads, but you may cease to turn the heads of the opposite sex in a way that you’d prefer.  Instead of a come hither look, you may begin to receive that social leper look.  However, if you can ignore all of that, you’ll have some of the most unique and hilarious earphones around.

These Crazy Earphones will be released next month.  It appears that it’ll only include four different versions.  There are the mushrooms, the arrow through an apple, a miniature ear and then a katana.  Each one begins one one ear and makes it appear as if it goes through to the next.  Each pair will cost you $22.  Although they’re only being released in Japan, so it may be difficult for those outside Japan.

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