Sunday, November 24, 2013

8 Robotic Gifts for the Holidays

by Frank Tobe, Editor and Publisher, The Robot Report

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Romo App-Controlled Pet for iOS Devices

Romo by Romotive, includes face detection, telepresence/remote control and training, at Brookstone, $149.99

WowWee RoboMe Robot Kit for iPhone

RoboMe by WowWee has face detection, voice recognition and speech synthesis,  at Amazon, $129.99

Sphero App-controlled Wireless Robotic Ball

Sphero by Orbotix, a robotic ball you control from a smartphone or tablet, at Brookstone, $129.99.

iRobot Roomba 880, Vacuum Cleaning Robot

Roomba 880 by iRobot, new cleaning system and sensors for improved cleaning, at iRobot, $699.99.

Modular Robotics' Cubelets Kit

Cubelets by Modular Robotics, a different cube for different sensors and functions, at Amazon, $159.95.  

Leap Motion Gesture Motion Controller for PC or MAC

Leap Motion Gesture Controller by Leap Motion, enables one to interact with your computer with your hands and fingers, at Leap Motion, $79.99.

LEGO Minstorms EV3 Robot Construction System

Mindstorms EV3 by LEGO, processor, instructions, sensors, servo motors and ports to build different robots, at Amazon, $349.95.

Hexbug Spider by Innovation First Labs

Innovation First Labs' Hexbug Spider, a controllable creature with a remote controller which can control 2 Spiders, at Amazon, $23.61.

And 2 that won't be available until early next year: Play-i and ATOMagic

ATOMagic Set by myATOMS isn't available through the major outlets just yet but can be purchased on their website; Play-i's Bo and Yana won't be delivering until mid-Summer 2014. Check their websites for details.