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i-SOBOT Humanoid Robot

November 29, 2007 10:45 AM EST | Toy Gadgets | Email to Friend

From the land of manga and anime comes i-SOBOT — a tiny humanoid robot of extraordinarily smooth and complex articulation. His sophisticated Japanese robotic technology includes 19 integrated-circuit chips, a gyro sensor (for balance) and 17 custom-developed servo-motors that grace i-SOBOT with 17 degrees of freedom and more than 200 distinct actions. From his speaker you'll hear hundreds of preset phrases and 60 kinds of sound effects; two LED eyes glow bright green and blue. This 6-inch tall marvel is less than $300 but comparable to hobby robots costing over a thousand dollars.

You can control i-SOBOT's actions on a wireless infrared remote with LCD using dual joysticks and command buttons for kicks, punches, somersaults, dancing, push-ups, you name it. He also responds to voice commands in logical — but unpredictable — ways. Users can program long, elaborate sequences of actions that can be saved for later performances; additionally, there are dozens of preprogrammed actions to call on.

i-SOBOT requires no assembly — he arrives ready to dance! He stands 6.5" tall and weighs 13 oz. Wireless controller runs on 3 AA batteries (order separately). i-SOBOT himself is powered by a rechargeable NiMH battery pack (included). Ages 10 and older. 90-day warranty. Catalog, Internet and select stores only.

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