Remember that omni-directional robot called the Morphex? The ‘bot had the ability to transform from a ball to a robot and back. This robot was created by Norwegian Engineer Kåre Halvorsen and it is a neat little piece of technology.
Remember Sphero, the robotic ball of fun? Well, apparently he’s growing up really fast and has his license now, along with a new set of wheels. It was created with parts like a discarded toy car, trackball, an Arduino kit, and an H-Bridge.
I really like the design of this alarm clock, based on the Jedi training remote Luke Skywalker used in the original Star Wars. It really does look like it. But instead of firing sparks of electricity at your lightsaber, this orb is designed to wake Jedi younglings from their slumber.
Sometimes, pictures lie, and that’s no lie. I can personally attest to that, having bought tons of clothes and books via the Internet, only to get them in the mail and wonder why what I got was incredibly different from what I thought I bought.
The Angry Birds have turned up just about everywhere, so why not on the school playground, too? With these Angry Birds playground balls you can get your aggression out by tossing around some inflated birds.
I have to make a confession. I bookmarked this image all the way back in January 2009, thinking to myself that I should post it for Christmas that year. Of course, I completely forgot about it, and just found it again.
Smartphones are great for snapping pictures, but what if you want the shot from more than one angle? Well, that’s what the Panoramic Ball Cam is for. It has 36 mobile phone cameras built in, so you can just throw it in to the air and capture 360-degree panoramic photographs.
Looking for a good way to rid yourself of all that pent up stress you have coursing through your veins? While it might not be as good as this, you can certainly work out some of your aggression with a stress ball.
Check out this cool USB flash drive that was designed by Alain Berteau for Tamawa. This flash drive is made out Bakelite, the same material out of which they make billiard balls. What’s really cool is that you can choose a between a combination of 7 colors for each of the ‘beads’ that make up this flash drive.
Balls are very near and dear to most men’s hearts. We use them for all sorts of fun and games. We try to take care of our varied balls and keep them from harm’s way. No one wants one of their balls to go flat for instance or explode due to mishandling.
While it seems like a simple task, teaching a robot to catch a ball that’s thrown into the air is much harder than it sounds. But it’s no problem for the DLR’s robot, Rollin’ Justin, who’s been trained to catch balls in his grippy robo-hands.
We can always rely on the guys at CTA Digital to show up at CES with some goofy add-on for gaming consoles. This year is no different, and they’re showing a variety of silly business. My personal favorite (next to these inflatable karts for Mario Kart) is their bowling ball add-on for the various motion-controlled games out there.
I actually was pretty decent bowler when I was a kid, but on the rare occasion that I go bowling these days, I usually get a score that I’d rather have for my golf game. It would be cool to have have one of these robotic bowling machines to bring to the alley, so I could still beat my friends on a consistent basis.