In the Robotics area at the Consumer Electronics Show, one little automaton caught our attention: The SketRobo (seemingly also named the Sketch Master), from TOSY Robotics, sat quietly creating tiny, perfect drawings as the hubbub of the show swirled around it.
This particular SketRobo model was there for demo purposes and was drawing preset images, but when the 'bot ships in September of 2012, it will have a camera with motion detection and facial recognition built in and be able to sketch from life. We're looking forward to seeing how well that works!
It'll be quite affordable, as well, priced at around $50, the TOSY rep told me. With this device, the company is targeting kids, but I think it'll be pretty appealing to grownup fans of art (and robots) as well.
TOSY also debuted a new robot called mRobo Ultra Bass: it's "a brand new, state-of-the-art portable speaker that doubles as a fully-functional robot that dances to any of your favorite music." I'm so sad that I missed this coming-out event, as none other than Justin Bieber hosted. The mRobo launches this fall for $200.