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First Published: Wed, Dec 26 2007. 11 56 PM IST

Price: $129
Price: $129
Updated: Wed, Dec 26 2007. 11 56 PM IST
Astromech Artoo Droid
Reminiscent of R2-D2 from the epic space opera ‘Star Wars’, this scaled-down interactive Astromech droid obeys voice commands. Artoo from R2 listens. And chirps back.
Price: $129
Ask him about different characters and he will amuse you. He plays games. He guards your room.
And sometimes he even plays you a message from the Princess (that’s Leia Organa Solo of Alderaan from ‘Star Wars’ for those with feeble memory cells).
The 15” Artoo responds to over 40 voice commands, has a removable sensorscope, a illuminating light beam, an adaptable mood status indicator, a rotating dome as well as sound, heat and sonar processing and navigational systems.
‘Wired’ magazine calls it the world’s most unnerving voice recorder. The Echobot has the ability to record a 10-second voice message. The message is played back when it detects motion one metre in front of its eyeball sensor.
Price: £5
Its accordion-style bendable legs with clingy suction cup feet allow you to position it in the most unlikely locations.
And its unusual one-eyed-alien-cum-three-tentacled-octopus appearance ensures audience reactions that will range from shock to amazement.
It comes with an on/off switch and is powered by two batteries. This is a great gizmo to pull a gag on unsuspecting passersby in your office or home.
Antigravity boots
Strap in and prepare for lift off. Feel what it would be like to walk on the moon with these specially devised ski-boot style strap-ons. The interchangeable, rubber T-springs impart a gravity-defying sensation by transforming downward energy into bouncing motions.
Also known as Air Kicks, these pneumatic mounties can be worn indoors or out in the open and claim not to ruin your flooring. Houston, there’s no problem: While jouncing around and having fun, you may even end up burning some calories, building balance and limb coordination as well as strengthening leg muscles.
Flying machines
Price: £130
Toy planes are passé but not this state-of-the-art six-channel 305g aerobatic E-Sky Honey Bee helicopter. With its wooden blades, symmetrical airfoil and stable flight, it can fly upside down and perform advanced stunts both indoors and outdoors. It has a flying radius of 400m and flight time of more than 25 minutes.
It comes with 11.1V 1000mAh Li-Polymer battery pack and also features automatic safety precautions such as gradual throttle starts and built-in fail safe. The 4-in-1 mix controller features a gyro, mixer, ESC and receiver.
Then, there is Silverlit’s PicooZ, the world’s smallest (acknowledges the ‘Guinness Book of World Records’) remote-controlled mini-chopper. With “super wide” infrared control, this diminutive super light (at less than 10g) flyer is meant for indoor sorties only. It comes with two channel digital proportional control, precision speed control built-in Li-Polymer batteries and a durable material structure that can withstand crashes.
Robosapien V2
Price: £100
Two feet tall, Robosapien is a second generation robot capable of autonomous behaviour, reacting to things it sees, hears and touches as it glides around.
It boasts fluid humanoid movements and biomechanical agility, including bending, sitting, standing, lying down and getting up, waving and even some martial arts moves. It responds verbally to environmental stimuli and controller commands.
Its Colour Vision System recognizes object colours as well as human skin tones, while a stereo audio detection system ‘hears’ and reacts to sounds. Apart from these multiple levels of interaction with humans and objects, it can interrelate with and control its siblings RoboRaptor and RoboPet.
It is equipped with a twin-axis turning head, animated blue LED eyes, bi-pedal feet that have multiple gaits, LaserTracking technology that allows it to follow a path traced on the ground, precision gripping articulated fingers and infrared vision that detects and avoids obstacles and tracks moving objects.
V-BOT Transformer
Price: £130
“Transmogrify!” is the happy Harry Potter charm you mutter. And the 16” radio-controlled muscle car transforms into an animated robot that is also a plug and play MP3 player.
Price: £130
If you are too old to believe in wizards and magic, press that button on the remote. Preprogrammed routines get Mr Robot’s feet tapping to the music.
During these terpischorean performances its head and arms move rhythmically and its eyes light up. Eyes? Oh, we mean what works as headlights in its car avatar.
Six action buttons, three preprogrammed action buttons, built-in speakers, controls for forward/back/left/right movements… Source of life: battery juice.
WoWee Roboquad
Price: £70
This gawky motion-sensing bot is outfitted to provide you with ground surveillance. Literally. With its long neck, perky head and big beady eyes it is programmed to regularly conduct visual sweeps of the room with a tightly focused infrared beam, detect motion within 10ft and even pursue a moving object.
Its four multi-jointed, purpose-designed legs and chassis enable Roboquad to crawl in any direction and on any floor surface.
It is tutored to observe and react adaptively and quickly to its environment. Roboquad is trainable, can identify the sizes of objects and is sensitive enough to detect ambient details such as the edges of doorways. You can fit a micro camera into its head and capture the activities of anything that moves or intrudes.
Equalizer Ultimate Stunt Car
For some fast and furious action, here’s a radio-controlled toy car that can rotate its wheels 90 degrees. You can make it perform power slides by driving it sideways or even flip it vertically for some side-to-side action.
Price: $77
The remote control facilitates digital proportional speed and steering to allow super twisting, master wheelies, vertical side slides, spins and power-slide drifting. Transform buttons alter the shape of the car.
Other features include a special wheelie tower with rollers, dual tread tyres for running or sliding, rollers for upside down running, a high impact front bumper, a powerful four wheel drive and bodywork lights.
Fitted with a 9.6V rechargeable NiCad battery, the Equalizer can only power your show for 10 minutes on a single charge.
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First Published: Wed, Dec 26 2007. 11 56 PM IST