All I Want for Xmas...
Hammacher Schlemmer is offering for sale a life-size walking and talking remote controlled 'Robbie the Robot'.
Now there's the Yuletide gift for the Man Who Has Everything. If any of you have a spare $US49,999.95 I'm sure I can wrangle a big enough Christmas stocking.
I'm sure you all know that Robbie first came to fame in the wonderful Forbidden Planet and has stayed in the zeitgeist ever since. The Hammacher Schlemmer replica offers, among other things the following features:
The robot is pre-programmed to deliver his famous lines from the original movie, and the remote control allows you to adjust the robot’s volume, track selection, and start and stop functions. Robby can also be prompted to move his computer relay assembly, rotate his servo-controlled head, spin his planetary gyro stabilizers, and rotate his scanners while his various lights flash. The integral audio system produces CD-quality sound projected from a directional speaker system in the head and synchronized with the neon tube lights...
He'd be a nice complement to my toaster, dontcha think?
Thanks to the Red Ferret Journal, where I read about this first.