i-SOBOT: handheld robot for adults

i-SOBOT: handheld robot for adults


If you’ve been secretly jealous of your kids’ ever-more-sophisticated toys, you can soon get one of your own, thanks to Takara Tomy, who are unveiling the i-SOBOT, a small yet powerful little robot that can respond to voice commands as well as a remote control.

The iSOBOT is just 6.6 inches high and weighs just 12.25 ounces, so it’s a small little thing. It has a large repertoire, though: It can play music, it can speak simple words, and it can make noises that sound like punching and kicking. That kind of ability lends itself naturally to one-on-one duels, which the company encourages in good fun. Really, the only limiting factor is the imagination of the owner.

Although the iSOBOT resembles a children’s toy, it has a grown-up price: 29,800 yen (US$245). You can get one starting in July.