Dec 19 2008

i-SOBOT named “Robot of the Year”

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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.

Recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as “The smallest humanoid robot in production, i-SOBOT is currently available in the United States from Hammacher Schlemmer for $99 as well as Amazon.