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Robot Toys for Christmas 2018

ROBOT TOYS FOR CHRISTMAS 2018

Botley™ The Coding Robot

The dynamic coding robot!

Engage and inspire young learners in STEM with our next generation of coding robot, Botley! 100% screen-free, Botley is the ideal introduction to coding; no smartphones or tablets required!

  • Botley engages children as young as 5 years in a basic form of coding utilising step coding and logic
  • Encouraging early programming skills will develop critical thinking and problem solving in young learners
  • Children can easily program Botley to perform a variety of actions:
    • Move forward (one step at a time)
    • Turn left
    • Turn right
    • Reverse (one step at a time)
    • Detect object
    • Avoid object
    • Make a sound
    • Loop, to repeat a step or sequence
  • Children can program up to 80 steps in one sequence

BOXER

Meet Boxer: your real robot pal! This plucky little bot comes to life right out of the box and is raring to go – no assembly required! With a love for fun, your new buddy is ready to play! To start, place one of the 10 activity cards (included) in front of Boxer. Once he rolls over the card and scans it, the fun begins! Play games like Bot Bowling, Paddle Bot and Go Kart, or use the interactive ball accessory (included) to play a fast-paced game of soccer! As you play with this loveable bot, you’ll get to know his quirky personality. Sometimes happy, sad, grumpy, or even sleepy, Boxer displays a full range of emotion. Interact with him in multiple ways: use the included remote control to race Boxer around and do tricks; download the free app to your phone to discover brand new games; or get hands-on! Equipped with multiple IR sensors, an internal rechargeable battery and more awesome tech features, Boxer responds to your hand movements and interacts with you in silly ways. With real-life responses, funny expressions and sounds, this little guy makes one hilarious sidekick! Discover Boxer: Enormous Play. Tiny Bot.

 

BB9E

There’s a new disturbance in the Force. BB-9E™ is a menacing astromech droid of the First Order. Control your BB-9E App-Enabled Droid with your smart device or watch it patrol on its own. BB-9E houses sophisticated tech, allowing it to roll and move his dome just like on-screen, and its strong exterior allows the First Order droid to weather any battle. This vigilant and intimidating droid is always on high alert.

REALLY RAD

Play, prank, spy and command! MiBro repeats what you say and works as your undercover agent in stealth mode, so you can be just like a real spy. Use the controller to trigger funny sounds and phrases. Your robot partner in fun comes with awesome accessories so you can show of your ball skills, blast your enemies or use him to bring you things.

ROBORAPTER  X

Roboraptor X is an update to WowWee’s iconic robotic raptor. Roboraptor X can walk, run or hunt with the lifelike stride of a natural born predator. Use the remote controller or insert the IR Dongle into your smart device to guide him or turn this dinosaur loose to explore on his own. Roboraptor X boasts fluid bi-pedal motion, realistic body movements, 3 distinct moods, touch sensors and infrared vision that help him interact with his environment.

FURREAL PUP

Kids can create and code their ultimate pup! The Proto Max interactive pet can become a customisable pup – kids can customise its personality and responses with 400+ sounds, 100+ eye animations, a wide range of colours, and 360-degree motion. They can even have it do awesome tricks and routines by using the downloadable app. The fun starts the moment kids open the box. They’re welcomed with a fur Real Makers guide and intuitive 9-piece build complete with surprising sounds during assembly. With the turn of a dial and push of a button, kids can select its starter personality, including basic sounds, lights, and responses. Next, kids can create and code even more by downloading the fur Real Makers app (onto a separate device; not included), They can add depth to their pup’s personality by renaming it and customising responses to 10+ activation points, and creating tricks and routines through easy drag-and-drop play. Kids can discover more ways to play with the app’s remote-control capability, letting them direct their pup in real time. They can also play games and earn badges with their pup as they feed and nurture it while using the app

CODE A PILLER

This unique caterpillar learning toy encourages kids to experiment as they play, helping them to develop problem-solving, planning & sequencing and critical thinking skills.Code-a-pillar™ inspires little learners to be big thinkers by encouraging preschoolers to arrange (and rearrange) the easy-to-connect segments in endless combinations, sending Code-a-pillar™ on his path. This learning toy encourages experimentation while developing important skills like problem solving, planning & sequencing and critical thinking. There’s no end to the combinations kids can make – mix up the segments and put them back together to send Code-a-pillar™ in a different direction every time!

Where can you make him go next? 

Every time kids change and rearrange his segments, Code-a-pillar™ takes a different path. Every time – with cool sounds and lights wherever he goes! Includes 1 sound segment, 3 straights, 2 right turns and 2 left turns to send the learning fun in endless directions! Kids can even configure the segments to make Code-a-pillar™ reach targets they set up throughout the room.

TOBBIE

Build a clever intelligent robot that walks, follows and explores with great interaction.

This colourful build kit comes with an easy to follow instruction manual and takes one to two hours to complete. Standing 16cm tall, Tobbie the robot walks on six legs and has two interactive modes. In ‘Follow Me’ he will happily trail along after anyone that closely approaches him. In ‘Explore’, he roams using his intelligent infrared sensors to avoid obstacles and turns aside when coming across anything that blocks his way. With fun sounds and effects and LED eyes, very satisfying to build and great fun to play with. Smart!

 

MIND DESIGNER ROBOT

This innovative intelligent robot guides your children through the process of learning mathematics, arithmetic and geometry following government guidelines. It introduces your child to design using the precision motors which enable them to create geometric shapes and designs of varying complexity with extreme precision. This incredible robot can be programmed manually or by voice using the innovative voice recognition function. With the Arithmetic chart, Mind can be programmed to carry out arithmetical functions, while using the Escape Room chart, your child will be encouraged to solve quests and develop skills in logical thinking. Using the exclusive free App, your child can experiment with coding instruction blocks, create complex geometrical shapes and play with loads of original interactive code-games. Thanks to Bluetooth technology, Mind’s content is permanently updatable for limitless playability!

14 IN 1 EDUCATIONAL ROBOT

This 14 in 1 Educational Solar Robot Kit is powered by direct sunlight, so it requires no batteries. This kit allows children to create an amazing array of 14 different solar powered ” Bots ”using interchangeable pieces. Snap together pieces mean there is no need for any tools or glue. There are two levels of building these robot kits. Level one has 7 bots to build. Level 2 has 7 more difficult robots to build, which will challenge your robot building techniques. You can go on to build your own designs, and experiment with the parts. This allows you to create your own unlimited unique designs.

Keep calm and robot on and enjoy robot toys for Christmas 2018

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A Glimpse into the Age of Robots

A Glimpse into the Age of Robots  – written by Code Brew Labs  – www.code-brew.com

An age of Robots has very much been our fascination since the first robot was invented. It remains unclear as to when the idea will reach its full maturity but until that time comes we can put our imagination to work and envisage what the Robo Planet will look like. That’s the inspiration for this blog. To picture a world where robots will be everywhere, they’ll walk with us, talk with us, work with us (or for us) and play with us. In short, they won’t be seen an oddity, but they’ll become a part of our lives and when that happens we’ll have to find ways to employ their prodigious talent to different spheres of activity. So, here’s the Robot world unveiled to you:

Robo’s Got Talent

Robo’s Got Talent will be a talent hunting competition to find the best robots in the world. Robots with all sorts of extraordinary skills, be it music, drawing, dancing, aerobics etc will get a chance to exhibit their talent. The winner of the competition will be declared as Prime Robo – the most talented Robot in the world. One can only imagine the fame it’ll receive world over. TV shows will rave about Prime Robos’ incredible talent. It’ll also give rise to a huge fan following. Prime Robo will be worshipped no less than an idol. We’ll have another pantheon of celebrities to add to our collection.

Robot As The Physician

A lot of people have inhibitions when it comes to talking about some physical or mental illness. Well, that could all be put to bed when Robots will take the reign as our primary Physicians. It’ll make people more relaxed and open to properly discuss their disease or illness. Robots with the power of Artificial Intelligence will prove just as good or even superior to any professional doctors today. Robots will also make excellent surgeons and we may have wired ourselves to feel more confident about going under the knife with a robot than an actual human being.

Robot Wrestling Competition

For those who care for violence and savagery, a Robot Wrestling Competition(RWE) will provide ample entertainment. All the bulkier, sturdy and metal-blazing robots will take up the gauntlet. The fighting that will ensue will capture everybody’ attention. A blow here and a puch there, metal scraps flying about in all directions as each robot will test its might against the best. The last robot standing will be declared the ‘Robo Wrestling Champion.’ Now that will be some entertainment to look forward too.

Robo Teacher

Robots will also make magnificent teachers. Since their knowledge is always increasing with the availability of new data, they’ll have no difficulty solving our common riddles. Robots as teachers will also generate excitement in young children, who will stand a great chance of learning a lot in very little time. With an intelligence level not imaginable to us today, Robots as instructors, coaches and mentors will help us reach our ultimate best. With Robot’s assistance, we’ll increase our understanding of the world. Robots will also help us reach places that haven’t been possible for us so far.

RoboBall

Imagine robots running after a football, or more precisely, a Roboball, dribbling and passing, in an attempt to send it into the opposing Robot team’s net. That’s right, we’re talking about the most popular sport in the world taken up by Robots. It’s going to excite every sort of thrill and emotion we experience with our own Football competitions. Soon, there might even be global Robo Ball Events, where countries from all around the world will send their best robots to win the competition. In an attempt to test our own skills, we may have a Football competition with the Robots, where a star-studded World XI, with the likes of Messi, Ronaldo, Xavi, Iniesta etc will compete against Robots for the ultimate glory of Football.

Final Thoughts

Well, those are some of the ways in which Robots may play out a part in our world. A world where Robots won’t be seen as mere machines with human-knowledge, but as co-existing members of the society. Let us know if you have any other fanciful thoughts about the coming age of Robots and what all work you’d like to see them doing in your daily life.

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Robots in Star Wars and other famous Movie Robots

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Robots in Star Wars and other famous Movie Robots

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How 7 famous movie robots were brought to life on screen
In celebration of the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we’re taking a look at seven famous robots from Star Wars and other famous sci-fi worlds and how they were brought to life on screen.

The clock is ticking until the second film of the Star Wars sequel trilogy hits our screens. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the plot of the film has remained a closely guarded secret. Of course, there’s lots of rumours out there – such as Luke Skywalker being revealed as a broken man with no desire to continuing the Jedi Order and thinking it should end(!). But we’ll have to wait and see if they’re true!

What do we know? In Star Wars tradition, we will more than likely kick off exactly where the first film Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) ended with Rey joining Luke Skywalker on a remote island.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will feature a number of fan favourite droids including C-3PO, R2-D2 and BB-8. There’s also going to be a new droid called BB-9E who seems to be an evil counterpart to the loveable BB-8.

Other than BB-8 there are no other new droids that we know of… yet! However there are two new alien species, the very loveable Porgs who are native to Ahch-To and the Caretakers, who maintain the Jedi Temple and the other structures on Luke’s island.

Wait…droids? I thought you said robots?

Droid is the term used to describe robots in the Star Wars universe, originally a shorthand for the ‘Android’ – meaning a humanlike robot or machine. The term droid in Star Wars applies to any robot on screen and has been a registered trademark of LucasFilm since the first Star Wars film in 1977.

That answers that! Onto the creativity that brought your favourite robots, droids, androids, automatons and autobots to life on the big screen…

7. Q – The Master Mystery (1919)
Played by Harry Houdini, Justice Department agent Quentin Locke investigates a powerful cartel while being protected by a robot named Q. Q was the first robot to ever appear in cinema, the term “robot” didn’t exist yet so they refer to Q as “the Automaton”.

The design of Q inspired designers of robots in later films, as well as robot toys over the following 40 years. Take a look…

6. Johnny 5 – Short Circuit (1986)
A classic from the eighties. “Number 5”, a robot developed for the Cold War, is hit by a lightning strike resulting in a power surge that scrambles its programming and gives it a sense of free will.

Designed by Syd Mead, Johnny 5’s presence on screen feel very realistic and he can perform impressive moves like dancing to Saturday Night Fever. This was achieved using a “telemetry suit” which is worn by a puppeteer and linked to sensors on the robot.

The idea for the film came from a project to educate students about robotics, just like the educational services we offer here at Robots Direct. However none of our robots have been struck by lighting and escaped…yet.

5. WALL-E – WALL–E (2008)
In a distant (but not impossible) future, mankind has abandoned earth because it’s overrun with rubbish and polluted. WALL-E, a garbage collecting robot has been left to clean up the mess, alone on Earth except for a pet cockroach. One day, EVE, a sleek reconnaissance robot, is sent to Earth to find proof that life is once again sustainable and WALL-E falls madly in love with her.

WALL-E’s design is reminiscent of Johnny 5 and most of the robot’s sounds are created by Ben Burtt. Over two years he recorded 2500 different sounds – that’s double the average of any Star Wars movie! Several people have made working real life WALL-Es, but this build by Mike Senna is likely the most impressive with over 38,000 hours spent making it!

4. Robby the Robot – Forbidden Planet (1956)
A crew investigate the status of a planet’s colony only to find two survivors, Dr. Morbius and his daughter, and their robot Robby who is created to serve humans. Meanwhile, a terrifying monster is on the loose…

Costing roughly $125,000, Robby was expensive for a prop of this era. Robby’s main designer, Robert Kinoshita, used thousands of drawings by five men over five weeks to design the final version. Before working in film, Robert Kinoshita designed washing machines and this is reflected in the design of Robby whose chest and legs resemble a washing machine tub.

3. Optimus Prime – Transformers film series
This heroic robot is famously the world as leader of the Autobots, an alien race of robots who disguise themselves on Earth by transforming into regular everyday vehicles and machines. He first reached our screens in the 1980s Transformers animated series, with an iconic voice performance by Peter Cullen. His voice was so popular that fans demanded that he be cast in the 2007 film version. Not everything was brought back for the film, as the truck Optimus transformed into was redesigned to make Optimus taller and more distinct.

Transformers are huge in China – literally. A trend has emerged of building huge statues of Optimus Prime across the country. In 2010, a 10-meter-tall statue of Optimus was erected near Beijing National Stadium. In 2011, the game was raised and an 11-meter model was built in Shenyang City using old car parts. Very apt!

2. Data – Star Trek: The Next Generation films
Lt. Commander Data is an android who serves aboard the flagship Enterprise-D.
According to the Star Trek universe, famous for technobabble, Data’s brain is capable of running sixty trillion operations per second. In reality it was all the acting skills of Brent Spiner and the work of the special effects and make-up teams.

Data doesn’t have emotions but wonders what it would like to have them, he plays poker, socialises and is the only principle cast member to have a pet. The writers used this to grapple with big philosophical questions and in one film Data is given an “emotions chip” allowing him to experience human emotions. If you are interested in the ethics of AI and what it mean to be human there are some great Data storylines to enjoy.
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1. C-3PO and R2-D2 – The Star Wars saga
Yes I realise there’s two droids here, but these two come as a pair – BFFs for life! We were first introduced to them in the first film, helping the Rebel Alliance defeat the evil Galatic Empire. Many theorise that without Threepio and Artoo, the entire Star Wars story could not take place. Without them Luke would not have met Obi-Wan Kenobi and discovered his calling as a Jedi, they could not have hired Han Solo and ride his ship the Millennium Falcon, they could not have rescued Princess Leia, they could not have escaped the Death Star and of course they could not have destroyed the Death Star the film’s climax.

C-3PO was played by actor Anthony Daniels, who perfectly captured the nervous energy of the character. Not an easy thing to have done while filming in a suit, often in the heat of a desert in Tunisia. The idea of bickering sidekicks took inspiration from the Akira Kurosawa film Hidden Fortress and was greatly helped by the fact that Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2, often found themselves bickering in real life.

The design of R2-D2 is incredible, communicating such depth of character and comedic timing using what essentially looks like a bin on a tripod with flashing lights and beeping noises. It is a just another testament to the talent of the production that made Star Wars the instant worldwide phenomena it became rather than another cheesy looking seventies sci-fi flick. New droids in the Star Wars universe have a lot to compete with but I look forward to seeing what they come up with next!

keep calm and robot on.

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Robot Films

Robots in Films

I Robot – Sonny 

In 2035, technophobic homicide detective Del Spooner of the Chicago PD heads the investigation of the apparent suicide of leading robotics scientist, Dr. Alfred Lanning. Unconvinced of the motive, Spooner’s investigation into Lanning’s death reveals a trail of secrets and agendas within the USR (United States Robotics) corporation and suspicions of murder. Little does he know that his investigation would lead to uncovering a larger threat to humanity.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I,_Robot_(film)

 

 

Johnny 5 – Short Circuit 

 

Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_Circuit_(1986_film)

 

 

Robot and Frank

Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.

  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robot_%26_Frank

 

 

Robocop 

In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy, a loving husband, father and good cop, is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RoboCop

 

Transformers – Optimus Prime

 

An ancient struggle between two Cybertronian races, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, comes to Earth, with a clue to the ultimate power held by a teenager.

 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transformers_%28film%29

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optimus_Prime

 

Terminator 

A seemingly indestructible Android is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all cost

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Terminator

 

 Ex machina – Ava

A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ex_Machina_(film)

 

 

Big hero 6 – Baymax

The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Hero_6_(film)

 

  

Pacific Rim – Jaegers 

 

As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Rim_(film) 

 

 

c3 po 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C-3PO

 

 

Keep calm and robot on.