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Tux Droid is a wireless programmable robot specifically designed for the Linux platform, it provides the Linux user with a new way to access the digital world without sitting in front of his computer. Looking as a cute penguin resembling the Linux mascot, Tux Droid reacts to PC events and talks in more than 10 different languages. Based on the widgets principle, Tux Gadgets are mini-applications that reside on users desktops and delivers a variety of personalized information such as email, weather forecast, horoscope, media player, news, games, quizz etc. through Tux Droid. The Gadgets are easily accessible with the remote control. In order to manage easily the different gadgets, Kysoh has also developed a graphical interface called Tux Gadgets Manager. These gadgets are developed in a TGF (Tux Gadget Format) format, made in the spirit of ODF file and provides a wide range of actions such as: modify and configure Gadgets without any programming skills, modify easily the graphical interface to customize it or add new gadgets (available on the community website) by a simple drag and drop.
– Dimensions: 210mm x 180mm x 140mm (with lowered wings)
– Fur material: Fogging skin
– Chipsets: Atmel AVR RISC microcontrollers (code is compiled with GCC and AVR-LIBC), 4Mbits flash memory for onboard sound
– Input: Microphone, Infrared receiver, Light sensor, Push button on top of the head, Internal switch sensors in both wings that are triggered by pushing the wings, Volume control wheel, 3.5mm mono audio socket for audio in
– Output: Infrared transmitter, One blue LED in each eye, Speaker, 3.5mm stereo audio socket for audio out
– Moving parts: Eyes: open and close, Beak: open and close, Wings: raise and lower, Rotation to the left and the right
– Wireless connection: 2.4 GHz wireless full-duplex digital link between the USB dongle and Tux Droid
– Power: NiCd 750mAh battery pack with 4 AAA elements, DC-in 7,5 V for recharging of the batteries and powering from DC
The price of the Tux Droid is about $115 or 79 Euro.
The Ghost in the Shell movies and the two anime series were admired by a lot of people around the globe, along with the Japanese cyberpunk manga created by Masamune Shirow. Now you surely have watched them and remember the cute and a bit weird tanks called Tachikoma in the Standalone Complex series. Amongst a myriad of plastic creatures/chisels accessible for fans, Bandai has plans to sell a remote controlled Tachikoma in Japan beginning February. The Robot can be connected to your computer via USB. The witty robot would be able to read your email, to create and process applications and fortunately now you can play mini games with it developed by Bandai.
The Tachikomas are expected to start shipping in February 2008 with a price of $199.99 and you can pre-order yourself one of them even if you don’t live in Japan.
Do you want to be the first to own Sony’s new invention called Rolly, Sound Entertainment Player? Well now you can, but you’ll have to prepare $439.99 for the cool gadget Rolly. SEP-10BT is Sony’s new intelligent Aibo like music player. This unique, MP3 player robot gadget features 20mm active speakers that offer an output of 1.2W x 2 Channel. Similar to the much more expensive Miuro, the Rolly will also roam around your room playing back your favorite songs.
Adjusting the volume on the Rolly is very unique – hold the unit and move it clockwise to increase and counterclockwise to decrease. The player also comes with Motion editor, a software which allows you to customize the unit’s motion. Rolly’s onboard ambient lights change from blue, orange to green depending on the music playing. Built-in with a 1GB flash memory and bluetooth enabled A2DP/AVRCP for hours of fun and convenient listening experience. Rolly is not just a high end gadget, but an excellent speaker with two 180 degree vertical speakers for 360 degree of clear sound. This gadget is a one of kind robot, music player, and invention. And maybe the only drawback is its price that is quite high…
– Power source: Lithium ion battery / USB
– Battery duration: Approximately 3-5 hours depending on downloading and playback.
– Speaker: 20mm installed capacity: 1.2W + 1.2W
– Frequency range: 20 – 20,000Hz
– Interface: USB terminal: MiniB/Hi-Speed
– Dimensions: Approximately 104 x 65 x 65mm
– Weight: Approximately 300g
– Capacity: Built-in flash memory: 1GB
– Playback capacity: MP3, ATRAC, AAC
– Corresponding Bluetooth profile: A2DP and AVRCP
– Corresponding Bluetooth codec: SBC and MP3
The Sony Rolly SEP-10BT Sound Entertainment Player is available for $439.99.