Shut Up and Take My Money: WowWee RoboMe
When we were kids, we loved Terminator 2… but the movie lost a little of its appeal when it started happening for real. When manufacturing robots came out, everyone was like, “oh, great, this giant metal arm can build a lot more cars than my flabby, normal-sized arms.” The People rejoiced…Well, except for the humans who worked on the factory floor, because they were now the obsolete models.
But then came calculating robots, humanoid robots, and dancing robots… how far off before they make robots that roam the streets taking the lives of anyone unlucky enough to be out after curfew… Then we’ll long for the days when the only thing the robots took were our jobs!
So, we invoke the old adage, “if you can’t beat them, buy an early model and program it to protect you against its mechanized brethren.” (Shakespeare said that.)
And that’s why we’re featuring the latest robot design from one of our favorite toy designers
SkyNet WowWee. Their RoboMe promises to be a popular toy this holiday season, with technology so advanced, it makes Tickle Me Elmo seem like an abacus.
For starters, it connects to your iPhone or iPod Touch (the website uses the word “fusion,” which doesn’t help our accusations that they’re creating killer robots). This unholy union gives the RoboMe capabilities other toy androids can only dream about, along with electric sheep. With the iDevice as its head, it gives users the option of customizing the face displayed on the screen… keeping in mind it might just be the last thing you ever see.
The added functionality also lets you choose a personality for the RoboMe… meaning you get to choose what facial expressions it makes, what it does with its body, and even what it says. For example, you can make it dance after it shakes hands, or you can make it run away when you shout, “John Connor’s coming!”
And talk about self-aware, RoboMe’s extensive sensor network lets it navigate a room without bumping into everything. It’s more graceful than our clumsy human sister! And if you want it to bump into things (because you’re less into a robot-butler and more into a robot-slave), you can always override his free will with the included remote control.
But our favorite gizmo our future master offers is its telepresence. If you have access to a second iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, you can connect to RoboMe to see and hear what it does – and still command it. We’re talking actual avatar/spy tech/nanny cam technology here!
This is one gadget that everyone’s going to want this year! The only technology it doesn’t have is the ability to time-travel… not yet, anyway…