Sphero, My Super Hero

Sphero, My Super Hero

It’s that time of the year when you get the jitters and start hunting high and low for the perfect gift. Allow me to put you out of your despair, and give you the heads-up on a product that appeals to all ages (young and old) across the board. Sphero. My Superhero! Yes, it’s that kinda thing that appeals to the gamer, the techie robotic kind, the shy, the friendly, the design freak, the outdoorsy and the indoors. In short…everyone! This sophisticated and programmable robot is the buzz-word for today!

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Sustainable Cleaning Bot

Sustainable Cleaning Bot

Move over Roomba! Limbo Robot is sort of like your own personal Mars-rover… only instead of being plutonium powered, it actually harnesses the energy of the waste it “consumes” from cleaning your kitchen and other areas! It uses a process called microbial electrolysis; a proven process that uses bacteria as a power source. The flexible honeycomb wheels allow it to move over obstacles and even collapse to help guide it up stairs.

0 Designers: Elliot Cohen & Neil Vincenti

A Teddy Bear With A Smartphone Heart

A Teddy Bear With A Smartphone Heart

Remember Teddy Ruxpin? He brought all the boys to the yard to listen to him read a story from one of his convoluted adventures aboard an airship. The Cocolo Bear is Teddy Ruxpin 2012, although I’m pretty sure they’re unrelated because Cocolo comes from Japan. Cocolo talks to you, answers questions, and plays games thanks to his smartphone heart and app but otherwise is a glorified speaker phone. Parents can even leave messages for their kids. I need a reader from Japan to send me one PLEASE!

0 Designer: Cube Works, $62

Look Ma, Robot On My Wrist

Look Ma, Robot On My Wrist

I guess we have Hollywood and the Japanese to blame for our perception of a robot. Most often seen as a human clone, can you imagine it to be a device around your wrist? Designer Julian Grote explains, “the focus of the research was not to explore the potential of technological intelligence, but rather to explore the limitations of human attention and emotional resilience.” This wrist robot has the sole task of managing its owner’s everyday life. Interesting!

0 Designer: Julian Grote

Robo-Patrol

Robo-Patrol

The NR-02 gives a glimpse as to what law robotic law enforcement tools might exist in the future. The bot has an ominous look and rightfully so. It is equipped with some painful (but not lethal) weapons like tear gas shells and rubber bullets to effectively suppress militant situations. The unmanned vehicle operates autonomously using artificial intelligence and a combination of GPS and sonar to ensure law enforcement officials are out of harms way.

0 Designer: Kim Jun Pyo

Awesome Bot

Awesome Bot

This curiously fun robot design merges advanced connectivity technologies and an adorable steampunk aesthetic, making it more than just a toy but a complete interactive experience. Using an iPhone or iPad, the user can control it to play games, perform tasks or even let it interact on its own with other robots! The designer has thought of everything! An on-board camera, high quality display, multiple apps, seamless connectivity… the list goes on!

0 Designer: Jaehong Eric Han

Robotic Movement with a Difference

Robotic Movement with a Difference

ITRI MediRobot by Pilotfish is a robotic assistant that can lift and transfer patients with limited mobility and assist their caregiver. Traditional lifters have their drawbacks and have to be used in combination with wheelchairs etc. This servo-controlled MediRobot not only helps in transferring the patient from bed to the bathroom (or help in walking) but also displays information like weight and blood pressure collected via sensors on the sling.

0 Designer: Pilotfish

Gymbot!

Gymbot!

As the trend of at-home fitness expands to gaming platforms like Wii and XBox, it’s easy to imagine that the future holds even more exciting advancements in the physical relationship between man and machine. The Gymbot is one example of how our home workouts might evolve. If my trainer wasn’t so hot, I’d totally invest in a prototype!

0 Designer: Massimo Battaglia

Robo Bugs!

Robo Bugs!

Enticed by the challenge to make video games come alive, designer Ben Cselley developed this creepy, crawly concept that’s sure to entertain for hours! Hero Robo Bugs may be small, but they’re each equipped with a powerful processor that’s ready to learn. The bugs evolve in behavior as the user interacts and trains them. Battle your bugs or create your own RoboBug army!

0 Designer: Benjamin Cselley

Lady Killer Volume 1

Lady Killer Volume 1

The Lady Killer Vol 1 designers put it just right- this twist on the jewelry box “pokes a sturdy robotic finger in the face of convention.” Inspired by Atelier Ted Noten’s 2004 “Unstaged” installation of a robot protecting a ring, this take-anywhere robotic concept is forever prepared to protect its Lady Killer ring (or at least until its owner decides to press the button) . When the time is right the arm will rise slowly, turn towards the lucky lady, and extend toward her offering the ring. I do… duh!

0 Designers: Atelier Ted Noten & Laikingland

Humanoid Robot

Humanoid Robot

It’s no surprise that designer Jason Falconer took 1st Place at this years PAL Robotics’ REEM-C design challenge. Being the editor of robot-blog PlasticPals, the designer naturally developed inspiration from various designs over time. Understanding the dos and don’ts of humanoid robot design, Falconer payed close attention to the approachability of the robot by smoothing out the face, emphasizing the eye area, and designing the overall proportions of the figure to be as similar to the human silhouette as possible.

0 Designer: Jason Falconer

Luna, Future Robot Overlord?

Luna, Future Robot Overlord?

SchultzeWORKS designstudio is proud to announce a breakthrough in robot design. Commissioned by RoboDynamics of Santa Monica, CA, ‘Luna’ is the world’s first personal robot integrating three unique feature sets : Luna is completely expandable via expansion ports, fully programmable with open standards and, above all, affordable.

0 Designer: SchultzeWORKS

Robo-Giving

Robo-Giving

Why is it that I would trust giving my money to a cute robot before a human?  Take a look at DON-8r (pronounced donator) & you’ll see what I mean. This coin-powered fundraising robot is a friendly little guy who only needs a passer-by to chip in so he can keep moving. DON-8r is already at work in Scotland, raising money and awareness by encouraging playful and empathetic support by engaging strangers in a fun and memorable way. Designed to be rebranded to suit different charities, I can definitely see this catching on… and I’m all for it. (Does not include defense lasers or anti-theft forcefield.)

0 Designer: Tim Pryde

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