Machine Life Bots

Here is the best of the best Machine Life Bots in the world, and at a price everyone
can afford.

From the basic Furby to the sophisticated RoboSapiens series, there is a Bot here to
satisfy every AI enthusiast of any age.

The Furby

While there are other more advanced ML Bots on the market, the new Furby by Hasbro
is by far and above the most adavance Machine Life Bot in it's price range (approx.
$40.00 !). The quality of the AI and robotic components really surprised me, the
Furby would be a fair value at twice it's retail price. The workmanship is truly

Furby's are not able to learn a name for themselves, so I didn't bother to give mine
a personal name as such. But since I do plan on buying at least one more, I wanted a
way to tell them apart. I am going to call them based on their color, so the one I
purchased for the Project is simply called "Grey". The first thing that became
apparent when I began to experiment with Grey was the Furby's very high quality
Voice Recognition. It was far more accurate and usable then I would have guessed. The
next thing that became apparent is how smart the Furby is, with a lexicon of well
over 100 words and phrases in BOTH english and furbish - a language unique to all

Equally amazing is the quality of the robotics. The Furby has four senses, touch,
hearing, spatial orientation, and time. Furbys sense of touch is limited to feeling
on it's back, belly, and tongue. Furby's hearing is the Voice Recognition component
that I mentioned above. It is both accurate and reasonably sophisticated. Furby has a
sense of spatial orientation, in other words - it knows whether it is upright, tipped
on it's side, or completely upside down. It can not only discern these orientations,
but will exhibit behavior and make comments to that effect. Finally, Furby has a
sense of the passage of time. Furby exhibits this sense primarily with regard to
eating. The Furby only wants "food" every so often. If a little time has passed since
it's last "feeding", then it will only be a little hungry. If a long duration has
passed since it's last meal, it will be more hungry. This time sense is very accurate
and consistent, regardless of whether the Furby has been awake, asleep, or even
turned off.

Hasbro spent a great deal of time perfecting the mechanical ability of the ML Bot to
express emotions which they call Emototronics. Furby is capable of a wide variety of
facial expressions, it's mouth - or beak, is well crafted and very realistic. It's
ears and plummage move, and it can even wiggle it's eye brows. But probably the most
striking feature is Furby's eyes, very big and beautiful. Furby's legs move, and while
it can't quite walk anywhere - it can dance quite well.

The AI in Furby is also quite astounding. Furby is capable of random and
self-initiated behavior as well as responding in a programmed way to set stimuli. It
has dozens of behaviors and phrases that it can exhibit in any combination. The
result is that after months of interaction with Grey, it still manages to do
something unique and surprising. As mentioned above, Furby has an extensive lexicon
in both English and Furbish. Furby can sing, dance, tell a story, and even do
knock-knock jokes.

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The Robo Pet

The Robo Pet is the latest in the mid-price Robotic Dogs market. It does the usual
things like walks, sits, jumps and gets up if it falls over. Additionally, it can do
multiple functions via an easy-to-use remote control as well and as having multiple
vision systems with color recognition. But if you just want to show it off, the Robo
Pet also has fully automated demo modes. The Robo Pet is also capable of autonomous
behavior, such as exploring and mapping it's environment. The Robo Pet can interact
with other ML bots in the Robo series.

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The Robo Raptor

Evidence that the robotic dinosaur revolution is spreading, this Roboraptor comes
fully assembled and ready to roam the earth with his robotic dinosaur cousins. He
has movable arms, a swiveling head, a sweeping tail, and a chomping jaw full of
pointy teeth. Measuring 32 inches from nose to tail, the Roboraptor is big enough
to intimidate any smaller predator that may come along. While this raptor hasnt yet
developed his full hunting skills, he is still a lot of fun and comes with over 40
preprogrammed functions, three distinct moods, and the ability to detect things in
its path with infrared vision. He also comes equipped with automatic shutoff and a
demo mode. Roboraptor is steady on his feet, but works best on smooth, hard
surfaces. The Roboraptor features Bi-pedal walking motion in full strides, multiple
functions with easy-to-use remote control, and multiple vision systems with color
recognition. Features fully automated demo modes. The Robo Raptor is also capable
of complex autonomous behavior, such as exploring and mapping it's environment. The
Robo Raptor can interact with other ML bots in the Robo series.

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The Robo Sapien V2

The latest version of the Robosapien walks in full strides, features a remote
control and has multiple vision systems (with color recognition). This durable robot
can also guard rooms, telling you if and how many times that there was an intruder.
He dances and when walking around can avoid crashing into large objects and walls
using his 'eyes'. The Robosapien V2 features Bi-pedal walking motion in full
strides, multiple functions with easy-to-use remote control, and multiple vision
systems with color recognition. Features fully automated demo modes. The Robo Sapien
V2 is capable of a wide range of autonomous behavior, and can interact with AND
control the other creatures in the Robo series.

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LEGO Mindstorms NXT

The next generation of robots ! Create the smartest, strongest and most advanced LEGO
robot ever, in as few as 30 minutes ! The new NXT Intelligent Brick, your robot's
"brain" features a powerful 32-bit microprocessor and more memory, plus support for
USB 2.0, Bluetooth and more ! A highly versatile palette of LEGO Technic elements
combines with state-of-the-art ultrasonic, sound, light and touch sensors in the
next generation of intuitive robotics. With included Quick-Start guide, easy-to-use
software and step-by-step building instructions, beginners and experts alike can
create humanoid, vehicle and animal robots that obey every command ! Improved light
sensors can detect different colors and intensities, while the new sound sensor
enables robots to respond to sound patterns and tones. Robots can really "feel" with
improved touch sensors, while ultrasonic "eyes" measure distance and movement.
Programming software is now available for both PC and Macintosh, plus with Bluetooth
support, you can even command your robot from your mobile phone !

LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Includes: All-new NXT Intelligent Brick with 32-bit
microprocessor, more memory and FLASH 3 Interactive Servo motors feature built-in
rotation sensors to align speed for precise control New sound sensor reacts to sound
commands, patterns and tones New ultrasonic visual sensor responds to movement Improved
touch sensor reacts to touch and release Improved light sensor detects different colors
and light intensities 519 specially selected LEGO TECHNIC elements for sturdy and
durable building and improved functionality and movement 4 input ports, 3 output ports
and 7 6-wire cords Matrix display Real sound speaker USB 2.0 and Bluetooth support
Easy-to-use PC and Mac compatible interface Intuitive, icon-based drag-and-drop program
"building" environment 6 AA batteries required (not included).

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The Roomba

Robotic, battery-powered floor vacuum and remote scheduling device. Remote scheduler
sets and changes vacuuming times and zones. Artificial intelligence and sensors
navigate between walls and furniture legs and adjust for carpet, tile, and wood
floors. Virtual wall mechanism establishes two invisible perimeters for vacuuming
specific zones. Low-profile design fits under beds, sofas, and other tight spots
where conventional vacuums can't reach. Look, you buy Machine Life and Artificial
Intelligence products and robots to educate and entertain you - so why not buy one
that will do for you one of the most reviled and hated of household chores ? The
Roomba is excellent for churches, office buildings, and anywhere you have lots of
daily vacuming that needs to be done.

iRobot Roomba Scheduler is the latest vacuuming robot from iRobot. Join the over 1.2
million Roomba owners who have discovered the smarter way to clean. With Roomba
Scheduler, you can program Roomba to clean when you're not home, at night, daily,
or when you go to work. Nothing keeps your home cleaner than cleaning every day--
with Roomba Scheduler, you can ! With Roomba Scheduler, you can easily program
Roomba to clean when you want. Roomba will leave the Home Base at your scheduled
time, effectively clean the floor, and return to the Home Base to recharge its
battery for the next cleaning cycle. If it weren't for the clean floors, you might
forget Roomba was there. Simply program the desired cleaning time into the Scheduler
Remote, then send the cleaning schedule to Roomba and the new Virtual Wall Schedulers.
Both Roomba and the Virtual Walls will turn on at the time you have scheduled.

iRobot Roomba Scheduler - There's nothing like a clean home, and to keep your home as
clean as it can be you need to clean frequently. Cleaning everyday however is just not
an option, but that was before the Roomba Scheduler ! With the Roomba Scheduler you can
vacuum all day, everyday. Set it to run while you're at work or while you sleep. When
it's done cleaning, it will automatically return to the self-charging Home Base. APS
Battery - charges faster and runs 25% longer than a standard battery, with a 50% longer.
life Active Dirt Response - detects dirtier areas and automatically increases the
intensity of Roomba's cleaning. Automatic Surface Transitioning - adjusts automatically
for both carpet and hard floor surfaces. Multi-Surface Cleaning - hardwood, tile, linoleum,
and low-to-medium pile carpet Max Mode. Run the Roomba for the full charge of the
battery to vacuum multiple rooms. Spot Mode - intensely cleans one area of a room up to 3
feet in diameter. Statis Sensor - Roomba immediately detects when it's stuck and initiates
its careful escape routine. Improved Wall Following Air Filter Edge-Cleaning Side Brush
Cleaning Tool Extra Brushes & Filters Extra Large Debris Bin.

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