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Muscle Joe Piperoid

"I am a robot..." Credit: marblesthebrainstore.com Who doesn't love a robot? Kids think they're cool, parents find them nostalgic. It's win-win for all. And when you get to build your own 'bot? Even better! Piperoids are actually...Robot paper craft kits are educational and fun!

Top Toy Robots For Kids

Toy robots have come a long way since Japanese creators built Robot Lilliput, the first robot. Robert the Robot, the first American robot, debuted in the Sears Christmas book of 1954, and toy robots continue to be a popular holiday gift. So, what are...

Zhu Zhu Pet Hamster Toys Ready For Holiday Invasion

Kids are crazy about Zhu Zhu Pet Hamsters. These little robot hamsters could be the big toy craze this Christmas. Parents dig these kids' toys, too. Unlike real pets, Zhu Zhu Pet Hamsters don't eat or poop. They don't get loose, hide under the couch...

Wall-E Comes to DVD

Next Tuesday, the latest Pixar film, Wall-E, comes to DVD. In our house, Lightning McQueen is still beloved, but I think Wall-E is getting more playtime these days. In case you haven't seen the film, Wall-E is a waste management robot left on earth...

WALL-E: Cute robot or liberal propaganda?

While I had my issues with WALL-E, I wouldn't have considered leftist brain-washing to be one of them (although, I suppose some might argue that I'm so far gone I wouldn't notice it in the first place). It seems, however, that some of the more...

Robot plates

What is it about retro-style robots that makes them so adorable-the boxy chest? Funny antennas that look like hats? Memories of Rosie from The Jetsons? These colorful melamine plates showcase the kitschy cuteness of four robots in all their boxy...

Saturday morning surrealism

It started when Sara came into our bedroom asking "is this your package?" over and over again. Rachel was still asleep (or trying to be) and I was faced away from the door working. At first, I couldn't see what she had in the way of a "package" and...

Pixar's new film: Wall-E

I love Pixar. There, I said it. I would have John Lasseter's baby, if I could. I loved both Toy Story movies, Monsters Inc., and The Incredibles. And, of course, I can't say enough good things about Cars -- it's one of my all time favorite animated...

$6,299 Hello Kitty robot can recognize, converse with your child

Hello Kitty is one of those insipid children's cartoon characters that becomes part of their world whether you like it or not. That cat is on everything from toys to clothing to TV shows -- worming her way into your child's psyche in literally...

The new Furby?

Remember the Tickle Me Elmo craze of 1996? That giggling red monster was at the top of children's Christmas lists everywhere. Toy stores couldn't keep Elmo in stock and this led to fist fights and injured Wal-Mart workers as parents desperately tried...

Disneyland intros animatronic muppets

Our kids are still talking about our recent trip to Disneyland. In fact, Jared has decided that his birthday party next year will be held there. Well, it seems by going when we did, we missed out on a cool new attraction -- Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and...

Robot mom gives birth

South Korea's birth rate is so low, that medical students have to practice on robot mommies. Enter Noelle, a life-sized birthing robot, complete with "newborn." As the robot "gives birth," students monitor her vital signs, also checking the newborn...

Who needs SuperNanny -- here comes RoboNanny!

PaPeRo is a robotic childcare assistant from -- where else? -- Japan that will help you keep tabs on your kids. With a camera in each eye, the robot uses image recognition software to identify kids (to avoid playing with the wrong child, I guess)....

Make your own Roller-Bot

Robots are cool. There's no getting around that fact. So, if you want to score some serious points with your kids, consider helping them put together this spiffy project from the Washington University department of electrical engineering. It's a...

Pregnant robot gives birth!

From our sister blog, Engadget:  There are robots that can build cars, there are robots that can search for bombs, there are even robots that can search for life on other planets.  But now? There are robots that can give birth. Yahoo!News...

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