i-SOBOT named “Robot of the Year”

i-SOBOT named “Robot of the Year”

How about that? Tomy’s i-SOBOT, which the company just discontinued, was named Robot of the Year in Japan (by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) .

Judges awarded this year’s Grand Prize to i-SOBOT due to its advanced technology, its high entertainment value, and its reasonable price of under 30,000 yen (around $300). Equipped with 17 miniature servo motors and a set of gyro sensors for balance, the 350-gram (12 oz), 16.5-centimeter (6.5 in) programmable humanoid can walk, play air guitar, dance the hula, and perform 200 other moves. The tiny hobby robot is also equipped with a set of gyro sensors for balance, and it can be controlled via remote control or simple voice commands. The robot runs for about an hour on 4 AAA batteries.

[via Pink Tentacle]

We still have i-SOBOT’s in the Maker Shed, at a very deep discount. Get ’em before they’re all gone.


4 thoughts on “i-SOBOT named “Robot of the Year”

  1. Frank says:

    Is there any rumors suggesting there will be an update model coming out? Or is the i-sobot really dead?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Flommytherobot says congratulations, little robot. All robots will hail you as the Japanese Robot of the Year. But even Robots of the Year know better than to be caught having “relations” with the human Boss’s human daughter, as this can cause termination, even for a Robot of the Year.

    Flommytherobot is happy to have been of assistance.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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