The real-world robots that look most like what we expect from the movies are from the toy industry. Humanoids like WowWee's Robosapien aim to capitalize on those expectations with a range of preprogrammed moves (and remote control) and reactions to being handled. The 24-inch-tall Robosapien V2 features "autonomous 'free roam' behavior" and "multiple levels of environmental interaction," including reactions to sounds and colors, according to the WowWee Web site.
Although these sorts of devices--and there are a lot of them--have often been something of a gimmick, they're only going to get smarter with time. Robosapien pricing ranges from $59 for the original model to $145 for the bronzed combo pack of RSV2 and Mini RSV2, shown here.
"In toys, price is king," said Jim Wyatt, director of Kablamm, which helped develop a $599 toy robot called MechRC.
May 27, 2009 4:00 AM PDT
Photo by: WowWee
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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