We've often fantasized of having a robot that could act as a personal bodyguard or bully, depending on what the situation called for. But most of our concepts had been on a relatively modest scale--until we saw the "Chaos."
This is the machine you call upon for duties that are beyond the abilities of mere humans. As Tech Digest says, the Chaos is equally adept at discarding bombs and handling hazardous materials, moving "silently over unstable ground" on its rubberized track treads. We imagine that it would be pretty effective against those pesky spy bots … Read more
Not that we're paranoid or anything (OK, so we are), but why are there so many surveillance robots on the market? We're not talking about the kind used by the military or law enforcement, but ordinary ones that roam around the house with wireless Webcams that can beam video anywhere within range. Even kids' toys are spying on us.
The latest is "Spyke" from France-based Meccano. Not only does this one have a Wi-Fi connection and Webcam, but it can also be used with Skype's latest VoIP software in performing its spy-botic duties, according to … Read more
Almost as if on cue, just after we complained about robots of dubious value, we find two toys that we especially like. First was the iPod Transformer. (OK, so it's not a real robot, but we still want one.) Second is the "Plen," a Japanese invention that can actually skate around your desk and even do skateboard tricks on any flat surface, according to Popgadget. And before you choke on the price--$2,000--be sure to check out the YouTube clip. You might just change your mind.
For awhile it seemed that everyone and his dog were making iPod docks and speakers, and Crave was tempted to impose a moratorium on them as they were getting out of hand. Then along comes Takara Tomy with one we just can't resist.
The "Convoy iPod Docking Bay," which we spotted on Plastic Bamboo, is even fully licensed by Apple. It's not the cheapest at $145, but because it's a Transformer, you're really getting two toys for the price of one, right? Besides, unlike other robots, at least we know what this one's … Read more
The "Omnibot2007 i-SOBOT," slated to come out by year's end, is another example. Takara Tomy's latest entry can walk, dance and respond to voice commands, according to Akihabara News, but those functions are hardly groundbreaking as we've seen with other bots.
It's been a banner week for flying robotic animals. Plummeting prices amid high demand signal a true buyer's market. New, exciting, and odor-free robot versions of the world's most popular and delicious animals are now available.
RC Flying Cat Toy: HobbyTron.com's remote-controlled flying cat is still the market leader in the emerging flying-cat sector. Its robust feature set places it among the top 15 to 20 flying cats in world history. It boasts a 60-foot flight range, quick charging time, bleeding-edge safety features, and out-of-the-box compatibility with air. Early adopters beware: Crave analysts are still … Read more
Some of us at Crave have managed to resist our adolescent urges to collect toy robots, in a rare example of self-restraint. Our willpower met its match, however, when we saw photos of WowWee's "Roboboa."
It had been mentioned earlier along with the FlyTech Dragonfly and other bots at CES, but actually seeing a robotic snake in action is something to behold. In a video clip, it's reminiscent of Pixar's seminal "Luxo Jr." lamp.
The bionic serpent's 40 movements can be controlled by its remote, according to Slashgear, or it can just … Read more
Today is my last day here in Vegas, and I still haven't even begun to see everything I wanted to! However, Rich DeMuro and I had a chance to walk around the South Hall and the Sands Convention Center to find some truly craveable gadgets. I'll be back next week with another special guest host in San Francisco. See you then!
There's a new buzz in the air at CES, and robotic toy company WowWee is creating it. The FlyTech Dragonfly is a remote-controlled dragonfly that can fly, flutter, swoop and crash with gusto. The little Styrofoam-and-plastic bug is thrown like a paper airplane, then controlled using the included Xbox 360 controller-like remote. Because it uses wings rather than a propeller to generate lift, it flies like an erratic airplane. While it's slightly harder to keep in the air and can't take off on its own, it's far easier to steer than spinout-prone remote-controlled mini-helicopters.
The Dragonfly … Read more