Tomy i-SOBOT robot reduced to $99.95

If you're looking for a bargain holiday robot, you could do a lot worse than the Tomy i-SOBOT.  Originally priced at $300 when the 6.5-inch tall robot launched late last year, Hammacher Schlemmer currently have him listed at just $99.95.  That gets you 17 points of articulation, 180 pre-programmed movements and voice-control from ten different verbal prompts.

Up to 240 movements can be strung together, including speech, for later repeat.  Alternatively the dual-joystick remote allows for direct control.  Gyroscopes are used to keep the i-SOBOT upright or, alternatively, at the angles he can manage while dancing.

i-SOBOT is powered by rechargeable NiMH batteries that are good for an hours' play after a six hour charge; the AA battery-powered remote has an integrated LCD to show the different modes: manual control, special actions, programmed sequences and voice command.  Frankly, it's a steal.

[Thanks Robert!]