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have you seen this robot?
« on: 29 Jan 2008, 10:17 »

Hi guys, it's kinda odd to start a thread for this but I have a rather simple question I need help with. Does anyone know of a kid's toy of a robot with a screen and microphone? It looks something like this:



I know I've seen one before but I have no idea what it's called. I need to find it for a project I'm working on.

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Re: have you seen this robot?
« Reply #1 on: 29 Jan 2008, 10:27 »

I was hoping this was going to be some lost robot pet plea.
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Re: have you seen this robot?
« Reply #2 on: 29 Jan 2008, 10:36 »

I am trying every combination of words that might find this on Google and so far I'm drawing a blank.

This image keeps popping up over and over. Must be a common stock image.
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Re: have you seen this robot?
« Reply #3 on: 29 Jan 2008, 10:40 »

I can't see that image to see if it's at all related to what I'm talking about.

It was kinda like a Speak & Spell, only it was, y'know, a robot.
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Re: have you seen this robot?
« Reply #4 on: 29 Jan 2008, 10:43 »

I guess it isn't this one, right?
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Re: have you seen this robot?
« Reply #6 on: 29 Jan 2008, 10:49 »

oo that isn't the one I'm thinking of, but that's very close. I might use that if I can't find the one I want, but I would prefer a robot with a face and the one I'm thinking of had a face.

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« Reply #7 on: 29 Jan 2008, 10:51 »

What kind of project are you working on, anyway?
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Re: have you seen this robot?
« Reply #8 on: 29 Jan 2008, 11:06 »

Child-rearing.
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« Reply #9 on: 29 Jan 2008, 11:10 »

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Re: have you seen this robot?
« Reply #11 on: 29 Jan 2008, 11:21 »

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Re: have you seen this robot?
« Reply #12 on: 29 Jan 2008, 11:47 »

Don't worry, even inanimate objects do it.
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Re: have you seen this robot?
« Reply #13 on: 29 Jan 2008, 11:53 »

Child-rearing.
That's actually kinda close. Long story short, I am planning to do an art installation of a robot that learns from it's environment.


ADDITION: The more I think about it the more I'm sure my sister had one back when we were kids. Not that that really helps any, but it does date the toy to the late 80s/early 90s.

ADDITION2: My sister just emailed me back and recognized it from a home movie shot one Christmas before we moved to Korea. So like really really little, before elementary school. That would be early to mid 80s.

I'm starting to think maybe I should use a modern toy that has a similar look, because something from that long ago will be pretty impossible to find.
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Re: have you seen this robot?
« Reply #14 on: 29 Jan 2008, 14:32 »

Was it something from the Tomy line of robots?
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Re: have you seen this robot?
« Reply #15 on: 29 Jan 2008, 14:36 »

Dude there is one in Toy Story, isn't there? Or am I crazy?
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Re: have you seen this robot?
« Reply #16 on: 29 Jan 2008, 14:39 »

Was it something from the Tomy line of robots?
That's not what I'm thinking of, but the Verboot would be excellent for what I have in mind. Thanks!

Incidentally, the first line about Omnibot made me lol.

Dude there is one in Toy Story, isn't there? Or am I crazy?
omg you're right, how did I not think of that? I don't know if that is good or bad news.

It's the Playskool karaoke thing; like pen's, not quite the same but very very close.
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Re: have you seen this robot?
« Reply #17 on: 29 Jan 2008, 14:41 »

Or maybe I am confusing it with one of these?


Edit: Oh ok cool I think.
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Re: have you seen this robot?
« Reply #18 on: 29 Jan 2008, 15:50 »


http://www.engadget.com/2008/01/08/video-irobi-helper-robot-appears-at-ces/

Its new but it sounds like gold

Also perhaps it is in one of these shots? Just to at least identify what you wanted.
http://www.robotgallery.com/robotgallery/index.html
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Re: have you seen this robot?
« Reply #19 on: 29 Jan 2008, 16:01 »

As perfect as that robot would be for what I'm doing (it's purpose as a personal assistant for the elderly plays into what I'm doing,) it's waaaaaaay out of my price range. Especially considering I'm just going to rip out the guts, so it's not like I need any of the sophisticated functionality.

That said, buried in the comments on that page is a link to this:
http://www.computermuseum.li/Testpage/AlphieII-Playskook.htm

That's the one I'm thinking of! Of course, now that I see it clearly, I'm thinking I'll go with the Tomy Verboot mentioned above.

ADDITION: Incidentally, read the comments of the article lordnagash linked. It's like the Picture Thread never left!
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Re: have you seen this robot?
« Reply #20 on: 29 Jan 2008, 19:03 »

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Re: have you seen this robot?
« Reply #21 on: 29 Jan 2008, 19:26 »

Those are not the droids he is looking for.

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Re: have you seen this robot?
« Reply #22 on: 29 Jan 2008, 19:47 »

I totally used to have a Verbot!  I kind of want to buy one and relive my childhood now.
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Re: have you seen this robot?
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Re: have you seen this robot?
« Reply #24 on: 29 Jan 2008, 20:18 »

We have that nintendo playing robot at work. He holds business card.
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Re: have you seen this robot?
« Reply #25 on: 30 Jan 2008, 17:22 »

That card in that robot doesn't make sense at all, does it?

edit: Not the business card, the one in joe's link.

edt #2 Shit, it does.
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