I just bought a Tekno robotic puppy from Amazon.com, of course I haven’t received it yet, but after the enormous success of Sony’s Aibo, every toy manufacturer is jumping on the robot dog bandwagon. Newsweek‘s and the New York Times‘ archived articles attest to this. But I’m not about to shell out over US$2,000.00 for a toy! That’s how much my laptop cost me! Tekno costs about US$40, and then there’s i-Cybie that’s coming out this Christmas, for about US$150, from the same makers of Furby. Poo-Chi, also from Tiger Electronics, is another dog that I think is lame because it can’t even walk! And then there’s Descartes…
How much is that robot in the window?
- ‘Antibiotic apocalypse’: doctors soun... — ‘Antibiotic apocalypse’: doctors sound alarm over drug resistance | Society | The Guardianhttps://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/08/world-faces-antibiotic-apocalypse-says-chief-medical-officer?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+main+NEW+H+categories&utm_term=247057&subid=19723158&CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2The terrifying prospect that even routine operations will be impossible to perform has been raised by experts alarmed by the rise of drug-resistant genes [...]
- Star Wars and UBTECH combine for voic... — Star Wars and UBTECH combine for voice-controlled First Order Stormtrooper robot | 9to5Toyshttps://9to5toys.com/2017/10/03/ubtech-first-order-storm-trooper-robot/With the latest Star Wars film slated to hit theaters in just a few months, we’ve already seen some fantastic toys from LEGO and Sphero that feature characters from the anticipated sci-fi sci-fi blockbuster. [...]
- Toys ‘R’ Us has declared bankruptcy — Toys ‘R’ Us has declared bankruptcyhttps://www.engadget.com/2017/09/18/toys-r-us-might-declare-bankruptcy-soon/Toys ‘R’ Us has filed for bankruptcy, according to Bloomberg. That should help the toy giant restructure the $400 million in debt that comes due for it next year, which it was saddled with after getting bought out a decade ago. While the retail chain has been suffering declining sales [...]
- Robot caregivers are saving the elder... — Robot caregivers are saving the elderly from lives of lonelinesshttps://www.engadget.com/2017/08/29/robot-caregivers-are-saving-the-elderly-from-lives-of-loneliness/The robots of tomorrow will be your grandparents’ new best friends [...]
- This Little Robot Finds Leaks in Wate... — News: This Little Robot Finds Leaks in Water, Gas Pipeshttp://sea.pcmag.com/news/16698/this-little-robot-finds-leaks-in-water-gas-pipesA group of researchers from MIT have developed a small robot that can inspect water and gas pipes from the inside to locate leaks before they become a big problem. “These leaks not only make shortages worse but also can cause serious structural damage to buildings [...]