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A pair of robots locked in an endless battle are controlled by two players. The Rock'em Sock'em Robots, created by the Marx Toy Co. in 1964, features two towering figures, one red and one blue, set up inside a boxing ring. Players operate joysticks to make them punch each other until the head of one of the robots pops up, signaling the end of the round.
The updated robot dinosaur, Pleo Rb, has a longer battery life and better skin than its predecessor, along with new RFID accessories that trigger different behaviors. Pleo the pet robot dinosaur is back after basically going extinct in 2009. LAS VEGAS--Pleo is an autonomous toy dinosaur robot thatbecame more or less fossilized in 2009when the company behind itwent extinct. But it's been relaunched atCESasPleo Rbwith improved interactive features, longer battery life, and better skin. The reborn model has voice recognition to respond to a given name, motion sensing, awareness of the time of day, and even a temperature sensor that makes it shiver in a cold room.
A series of robotics novelties were showcased at the annual Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas. Among the most remarkable novelties was a new telepresence robot by iRobot called AVA. It moves using omniwheels and can be controlled using an ipad mounted on its height-adjustable head or by simply pressing touch sensors around its neck. Other novelties included Dreambot's Wheeme massage robot, two new Robovie humanoids by Japanese company Vstone, a new Scooba floor-scrubber by iRobot, the relaunch of robot toy dinosaur Pleo by Innvo Labs, the Hom-Bot vacuum cleaner robot LG Electronics, the first US demo of Cyberdyne's HAL exoskeleton, and the smart-phone controlled Sphero robot, essentially a small, remote controlled sphere, shown in the video above.