Who says kids can’t have their own bot cleaner?
True, it won’t be replacing the Roomba anytime soon – or ever. But given it’s capability to go forward, backward, and to the sides, and with four infrared sensors that can help it steer clear of obstacles and detect objects within a foot away, WowWee’s Roboscooper can certainly be put to some use.
In autonomous or remote control mode, Roboscooper can clear your floor of small items, picking them up with two hands, and then pivoting its torso to drop the merchandise on to the miniature flatbed on its back.
Now judging from the initial images released by the company, it’s doubtful whether those hands can actually do a lot of scooping but then again, WowWee does say that Roboscooper can only handle lightweight objects (one ounce at most).
Looks and movement-wise, many say it’s a cross between Wall-E and the 1980 toy icon, the “Big Trak”. In fact, the company dubs it as WowWee’s answer to Wall-E. It may be far from cleaning up the planet Earth but what it may lack in functionality, it could make up for in entertainment value.
After a long day of work, Roboscooper may go on a “whack” mode where it just smacks the objects out of the way instead of scooping them up. It also emits some sound effects such as beeping noises similar to a dump truck when in reverse, and skid sounds when stopping.
Plus, it talks! Roboscooper can be heard spouting off witty one-liners like “One step closer to a cleaner world” or “Let’s get to work!”. What could be more adorable? Or annoying, for that matter.
Love it or hate it, Roboscooper is ready to get down to business.
At $70 apiece, pre-orders are now accepted and shipment starts end of August.