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WowWee Mr Personality robot features in new demo video

WowWee Mr Personality robot features in new demo video

Back when WowWee announced their impressive Rovio WiFi mobile webcam, they also showed the creepy Mr Personality robot.  Based on the same omni-directional platform as the Rovio and the Tri-Bot, Mr Personality is a gurning, giggling, wise-cracking "robot companion" with an LCD display for a face.  I was hoping WowWee had forgotten about Mr Personality - because he scares me - but sadly not; there's a new video of the monstrous beast in action in preparation for his imminent launch.

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WowWee Tri-Bot reviewed: low cost, tilt-sensor fun

WowWee Tri-Bot reviewed: low cost, tilt-sensor fun

When WowWee's Tri-Bot launches this Summer, it'll be one of the cheapest ways to get your hands on the nifty three-wheel omni-directional base from the company. With an expected price of $99, the robot may lack the (creepy) animated face of Mr Personality but it does have a tilt-sensor remote control that, in a manner similar to the Wiimote, can guide the robot around just by gesturing. Robotics-obsessive Robert Oschler has scored some pre-release time with the Tri-Bot, and you can check out his video review after the cut.

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My Five Tech Buying Mistakes

My Five Tech Buying Mistakes

You read all the reviews, you ask all the right questions of all the right people, and you still sometimes come unstuck when it comes to tech shopping. Even the biggest geeks can make stupid mistakes, so I've picked five of my gadget goofs to show how simple it is to get things wrong. And, just so that this isn't one long self-flagellatory pity party, I've slotted in the five tech shopper lessons that I've learned along the way.

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Samsung Turbo View robo-vacuum packs live video streaming

Samsung Turbo View robo-vacuum packs live video streaming

Samsung has bred a Roomba robot vacuum cleaner with a WowWee Rovio and come up with the Tango View VC-FL87W, an autonomous cleaner which can beam live video back from its onboard webcam. If you're the paranoid type and you're not going to give up your mistrust of the home help even if you've replaced them with robots, then you can log in remotely via your smartphone or tablet and see what the Samsung Tango View is up to.

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Wild Planet Spy Video TRAKR R/C programmable robot packs kid-friendly app store

Wild Planet Spy Video TRAKR R/C programmable robot packs kid-friendly app store

There's been some talk recently of the Big Trak re-release, but if you're looking for a truly modern reinterpretation of the programable robot then Wild Planet's new Spy Video TRAKR may better fit the bill.  The remote-control 'bot comes with a child-friendly PC-based programming system, which allows users to create custom routines and load them onto the TRAKR.  As for the robot itself, it uses 2.4GHz wireless and has an integrated camera, speaker and microphone, and comes preloaded with motion-sensing and night-vision apps.

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Brain-sensing Necomimi robo cat ears are furry-awesome [Video]

Brain-sensing Necomimi robo cat ears are furry-awesome [Video]

We've seen brainwave-sensing used for mind training games, the judicious application of comedy torture, and attempting to control the nearest robot: now the technology has reached its summit, with cosplay-style wiggling cat ears. The handiwork of Neurowear, the Necomimi straps a couple of motorized furry cat ears to a brainwave-monitoring headband, so that you can wiggle them appropriately.

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InteraXon Demonstrates Controlling an iPad with Your Thoughts [Video]

InteraXon Demonstrates Controlling an iPad with Your Thoughts [Video]

There's been gadgets in the past, that have allowed for an object to be controlled with our "thoughts," thanks to a certain type of headband that we put on. And this new idea from InteraXon isn't the first we've seen in the "mind-control" department for iOS-based devices. But, this isn't the Canadian-based company's first foray into the idea of thought-based actions making our every day usage of devices all that better, either. They first showed off their in-flight entertainment system, controlled merely by thought, last year. And now they're setting their sites on the iPad.

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Emotiv brain-reading headset used for emotion-led video navigation

Emotiv brain-reading headset used for emotion-led video navigation

The brain-reading Emotiv Epoq headset might not be wowing gamers, but that doesn't mean there aren't more unusual uses it can be put to.  Robert Oschler - who we've already seen remotely-controlling his Rovio using brainwaves - has now turned to video navigation using emotions.  He's used various apps to train the Emotiv headset to index video according to emotion, which he can subsequently browse through according to how he felt at the time he saw the footage.

Video demo after the cut

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Project 413 makes xkcd robot hamster a reality [Video]

Project 413 makes xkcd robot hamster a reality [Video]

When it comes to brilliantly awesome DIY projects, building a real-life version of xkcd's robot hamster rates pretty highly in our book.  That's just what Stuart Donnan and Jacob Nieman of Georgia Tech have done with their Project 413, however, taking an eBox nettop, giving it omni-directional wheels and mounting it inside a ferret ball (hamsters are pretty small).

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