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Popular Electronics Magazine, December, 1958
With so many families struggling to make ends meet this holiday season, the most welcome Christmas gifts likely will be practical ones that provide a helpful service. That being the case, don't overlook the robots! They never tire of working for you and some can also be programmed to sing a medley of Christmas songs including “Jingle Bells” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”
There are robots that will vacuum your floors, keep your family car at a safe distance from the car ahead of it, fetch you a beer from your refrigerator, or stand you to a game of pool. There are even kits for build-it-yourself robots who will perform a variety of tasks depending on what you assign them to do.
So says Frank Tobe, of Santa Barbara, CA, editor and publisher of The Robot Report, a continuously updated Internet magazine you can read at www.TheRobotReport.com that brings readers the latest information about the constantly expanding world of robots from toys and tools to hospital operating rooms and battlefields.
iRobot Roomba and Neato Robotic Vacuum System
Adaptive Cruise Control
Available as an option from most car companies
For robotically interested:
|For all ages:|
Parrot's AR.Drone Quadricopter
Rated #1 Consumer Electronics Product of 2010
|For grandparents and their grandkids:|
Pleo Dinosaur - previously Ugobe;
new version from Innvo Labs
|For pre-teen boys:|
WowWee's RoboRaptor with control unit
|For pre-teen girls:|
Penbo and her baby Bebe
|For little kids:|
Zhu Zhu hamsters
|For millionaires and rich alumni:|
Willow Garage's PR2
Further information on the above gifts may be found on The Robot Report, which gathers industry news, tracks the business of robotics, and has developed proprietary (ROBO-STOX™) methods to compare robot stock performance to the NASDAQ Composite Index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The publication also makes available a comprehensive world-wide database of public and private firms and research facilities involved with the robotics industry.
Media Information: Media interviews, contact Frank Tobe at The Robot Report, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Sherwood Ross, media consultant to The Robot Report, at email@example.com or (305) 205-8281.