Before we get into the Top 5 Toy Robots this Christmas, I’m wondering why does good news always have to involve a negative spin to it?
Today is Cyber Monday and I’m glad to report that people spent more money this year than last. Storefront sales were up nearly 7% from 2010 and Online Sales grew a staggering 23% year over year which I’m sure included many purchases of toy robots. This is great news as the economy continues to improve. However, what frustrates me is when all these news outlets continue to report positive news with a negative spin. Examples of this in today’s news; “Black Friday is a Win, But there’s a Downside for Retailers” or “Black Friday sales indicate Hope for America.” Why can’t it just be left that, Black Friday sales went up over the year prior, instead of adding a contradictory twist to it resulting in continual fear in the consumer. A lot of the hesitation to spend is based on the perception that the economy is on the verge of another recession. This perception is created daily by the media.
Anyways, now on to toy robots for the holidays… With the good news in consumer spending over the weekend, I’m sure today is going to be just as successful if not more than the numbers above. Since, today is the largest spending day on the internet, I thought I’d share the Top 5 Toy Robots and other Robotic Gifts that would be an excellent choice for anyone. So without further adieu, here’s the list of 2011 Top 5 Must Have Toy Robots & Gifts;
5) MyKeepon - A small robot toy that reacts to touch and music. Retails for $49
Hailed once as one of the most promising toy robots to hit the market, MyKeepon didn’t exactly come to life as it expected to earlier this year. The original robot called “Keepon” is a robot that would shocked anybody if they witnesses its capabilities. However, the Keepon had a price tag of $30,000. Yes, that’s right. 30 g’s for a small robot that only dances. But a lot cheaper model ($49) is out in time for the holidays and is exclusively available at Toys R Us. To see MyKeepon (the one that you and I can afford, click on the picture above. See below for the costly one. Great Toy Robots!
Below is the video for the original Keepon that was introduced a few years ago. This video went viral as its amazing how real-moving the robot toy is.
4) Shpero – A circular shape toy that you control by way of your smartphone. Retail for $129 plus the cost of the app.
These super cool toy robots are sure to be a hit this Christmas. It’s a robotic sphere controlled by your smartphone via an app. They’re dubbing it as “A New Way To Play”. Check out the Sphero is action below:
3) Scooba 230 – A floor washing robot for bathrooms, kitchens and other non-carpet surfaces. Retails on Amazon for $299.
Just like her older brother, the Scooba is designed to clean floors. The brains behind this and the biggest selling domestic robot in the world, Roomba vacuum is iRobot. While this isn’t exactly a robot toy, it should deserves making this list. With more that 6 million Roomba’s sold, the Scooba 230 is sure to be a hit.
2) Willow Garage PR2 – Adult-sized robot that is able to navigate in human public spaces. Retails from $200,000-$280,000 depending if you want a the robot with 1 or 2 arms.
This is such an amazing robot that I could talk all day about its capabilities a what its able to do. For further info on this robot, click here. Also, check out the HD video of Willow Garage PR2 shooting pool.
1) Adaptive Cruise Control – Automatically maintains a safe-distance between your car and the car in front of you. Retails between $495 – $2,500 and available on selected news cars.
The #1 Robotic gift for 2011 doesn’t seem to be a robot. But it actually uses a robotic system that controls your cars distance. Equipped with a laser, the robot system continually measures the distance between you and the car ahead. Once it reaches a certain close distance, the robotic system kicks in a automatically slows down you car to maintain a safe distance for other cars. This robot will save lives! See demonstration video below:
So, there you have the list of the Top 5 Toy Robots and Gifts for 2011. The above list was intended to target all price-points and variety of types of robots. There are literally hundreds of different toy robots to entice any age that would all be great presents.
Have a Wonderful Cyber Monday and Buy Something!