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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!

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...

WALL-E: The little robot that could

The hype has been building for months, ever since word first got out last fall about Pixar's new film WALL-E. It's the story of WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter -- Earth-Class), a determined robot who falls for a sleek new robot named EVE who...

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...

Book Review: The Robot and the Bluebird by David Lucas

I've previously written about my son Nate's typical boyhood obsession with all things transportation. Though I consider myself an equal opportunity parent and encourage all types of play, he tends to gravitate towards stereotypically "boy toys" with...

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...

VIDEO: Chuck E Cheese robots hacked to play hip hop

I'm dreading the day my daughter wants to go to Chuck E Cheese. All my childhood memories of that place (of which there are few -- my parents didn't like it either), involve being grossed out (by the food), or creeped out (by those freaky...

Robot designed to protect schools

A Korean company is planning to begin the first real life test of a guard robot for schools next week. The robot will be patrolling a middle school in Southern Seoul on a trial basis. Called OFRO, the robot moves at a maximum speed of 5kph and is...

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...

Robot technology assists bedridden children learn

This story is amazing. A company in Toronto, Canada, called Telbotics, Inc., joined with Ryerson University and The University of Toronto to develop a new technology that will help bedridden students continue to learn... with their classmates....

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