A few more details about the Takara/Tomy under $300 Omnibot2007 i-SOBOT have surfaced:
- It will be sold completely pre-assembled, not as a kit.
- No PC is required for setup
- Like the robot, the remote control is also very small - tiny in an adult's hands
- The remote includes an LCD display
- The robot includes a gyro for balance
- The robots hands are designed to passively close on an object
- There are five operation 'modes': direct control mode using the remote; a 20 block program mode; special action mode with actions like playing an air drum; voice control mode with some speech recognition capability; and dance mode where the robot moves in response to the sounds it picks up.
- Initial sales will be in Japan via toy specialty stores, hobby goods retailers, and internet sales. The Japan sales target is 50,000 units.
- Overseas sales are under consideration with a worldwide sales target of 300,000 units.
- The camera for the CAMVersion (shipping in October) is 300,000 pixel.
[via Robot Watch (Japanese)]