i-SOBOT: Hot Robot Bargain at Amazon.Com

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With Christmas rapidly approaching, Amazon seems determined to take advantage of the growing robot boom to set new online sales records. Right now they are offering the hottest robot product this season - the TOMY i-SOBOT at the astoundingly low price of only $179.99. That's a 40% discount!

Update: (12/6/2007) Amazon has changed the price to $249.99 - still a healthy 17% discount, and the lowest price we've been able to locate online so far.

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i-SOBOT: World's First i-SOBOT Robot Competition (Video)

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We know from personal, first hand, experience that the robot builders in Osaka are totally over the top. They are, without a doubt, the most creative, most fast and loose, and most gung ho of all the Japanese humanoid builders.

So, it made total sense that the World's First i-SOBOT Robot competition events would take place during Robo Fight 6 last weekend. Thankfully, Holypong was there in person and captured the action in video (see below) for all of us to enjoy.

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i-SOBOT Challenge (Video)

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Okay, here's the challenge - have your i-SOBOT, or any other robot for that matter, pick up an item, turn, carry it across the room, the drop in a plastic container without dropping it, falling over, or making any mistake.

Hard? Yes. In fact some people might automatically dismiss the i-SOBOT as a toy, not capable of pulling off such a stunt.

It may be hard, but it's certainly not impossible, as you can see from the 'tanesmagi' video clip below.


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i-SOBOT: Robot Lands Featured Role in Television Commercial

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The TOMY i-SOBOT is currently being featured in an on-going television commercial series for Maruchan, a popular instant noodle manufacturer. In addition to the robots lead role in the television commercials, 300 i-SOBOT robots will be given as the top prize in the Maruchan promotional campaign.

Although it has nothing to do with Christmas, the top prize i-SOBOT robots are sporting a unique red and green color scheme that would be absolutely perfect for the holiday season. We've included detailed instructions to access videos of the commercials below along with some screen shots.


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i-SOBOT: Drunk and Disorderly Robot (Video)

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Poor i-SOBOT found out that some Pleo fans have been composing love songs to the robot dinosaur, and ignoring their i-SOBOT pals (are you listening Robert?) Talk about total rejection. He just couldn't take it anymore. He was so depressed and dejected that he felt compelled to drown his sorrows.

Thankfully, some brave and caring soul managed to capture the whole thing on video (see below) and even recorded the i-SOBOT's drunken rap.

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i-SOBOT: Disassembly and Analysis – What's Inside

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It didn't take long at all before one of the i-SOBOT was completely disassembled and analyzed to the n-th degree. And, lucky for all of us i-SOBOT fans the first autopsy published online was accomplished and documented by Ishii-san, one of the best and most experienced robot technical writers we know.

In his complete i-SOBOT tear-down and analysis, posted by Robot Watch, Ishii takes everything apart, shows all the servo gearing and internals, analyzes the circuit boards and data formats, and even makes some educated guesses about how to hack the i-SOBOT in some interesting ways.

Related links:
   i-SOBOT Disassembly and Analysis (Japanese)
   i-SOBOT Disassembly and Analysis (English via Google translation)

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