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Tomy I-SOBOT Robot
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- Robot packed with over 200 words and phrases, and 200 pre-programmed movements
- Operates with remote control, programmable memory, and voice activation
- 17 custom designed actuators and gyro-sensor for balance and freely moving joints
- Includes remote control, hexagon wrench, action chart, operation manual and 3 AAA batteries
- Recommended for ages 10 and up
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^++ The Pros ++^
+ Excellent price to functionality ratio. It walks, it talks and it can balance on 1 leg...It can even do a somersault (to name just a few things)...All for about the price of a Robosapien V2. But in terms of robotics ability the V2 is a $0.99 Store cheapy in comparison.
+ Comes packaged with 3xAAA Eneloop batteries and a battery charger. This is an excellent addition. If you're not familiar with Eneloops brand batteries, in a nutshell they have an outstandingly low self-discharge rate while in storage. So no worries if the Robot goes off to storage for a bit, the batteries will still be decently charged when I-Sobot makes a re-appearance
+ It walks. Not some gimmicky pseudo walking, I-Sobot actually stands on 2 feet and takes human-like steps.
+ It can get back to a standing position, using 1 of 2 sequences based on whether it's on its back or belly.
+ It can balance on 1 leg and do kicks (front kicks, like kicking a soccer ball, and side-kicks like doing martial arts).
+ 4 Modes of operation:
+++ Remote Control Mode: Essentailly a real-time mode almost like a video game, where your inputs have almost immediate results.
+++ Special Action Mode: Enter in special key sequences and I-Sobot does pre-defined actions, such as doing a re-enactment of the "go ahead, make my day" from Dirty Harry.
+++ Program Mode: Enter in multiple sequences from the other modes and save them to be played in order
+++ Voice Command Mode: I-Sobot reacts accordingly to certain voice queues.
+ I-Sobot was conceptualized and made in Japan.Read more ›
The not-so-good? It has no fully-autonomus mode, i.e. no obstacle or edge-detection. It also has more limited battery life than other entertainment robots like the Robosapien line (it does come with rechargeable batteries and its own charger so the power situation is somewhat mitigated). Also it's a tad fragile (I wouldn't push it down the stairs).
Depending on the intended use of the robot, users may like it or not. I-Sobot is good for a simple and yet flashy introduction to robot programming and behavior (not to mention many of its more witty routines). It is not as versatile as a Robonova, but then it doesn't cost anywhere near the 'Nova's price.
Standing about 7" tall, the i-Sobot is capable of movements, which dwarf any robot toy that has come before. Forwards, backwards, side-to-side, diagonal and that's just the tip of the iceberg. This toy is so articulated and so nimble, that it can do handstands, the splits, somersaults, and other exercises. It can perform complicated martial arts moves like karate chops, roundhouse kicks, combo punches and back kicks. Oh, but were just getting started on the hundreds of moves that this wireless remote control wonder can pull off.
i-Sobot is a total ham when it comes to performing in front of a captive audience. I had a group of friends over not long ago to watch a basketball game and we spent a good two hours playing with the i-Sobot. Everyone wanted a turn! This guy can dance a hula or perform a scene from a western movie. He can play air guitar and impersonate different animals. He can display an incredible range of emotions including excitement, regret, pain, worry, love, and more. But this guy doesn't just move around, he also talks in a vibrant, clear voice and has a vocabulary of over 200 words and phrases.
The i-Sobot has four different operating modes. There is the standard remote control mode which allows you to move him around at will and perform any of several dozen different actions.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great fun! Everything it is advertised to be... but it is a toy. I've moved on to bigger and better robots.Published 17 months ago by Michael A.
The packaging was perfect and undamaged and the product is great however the left arm doesn't fully function. My I kindly ask for a refund?Published 22 months ago by Donna
My first robot I own when I was just 6 years old, its just a plain walking
straight and matching twist and glowing eyes robot and that was the last
time I have one and... Read more
This isn't just some "toy". It's a really advanced...toy...
Anyways I bought this for about $80 here on Amazon in '09. Read more
Obviously it is not a child toy since it is very delicate , buy if you like an affordable robotic toy this is a good option. I got this 5 years ago, and it is still working. Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by E. Sanchez
This thing is corny, in order to control this thing you have to point it directly at the robot and be within 3 or 4 feet of it, mines doesnt respond well to the remote control and... Read morePublished on May 7, 2010 by Nice
I got it when this I-Sobot is on sale on Amazon for less than $100. It is simply a toy. After an hour of fun, your enthusiam starts to drop. Read morePublished on February 21, 2010 by J. Kwok