Reviews & hands-on

  • Gadgets

    WowWee RoboMe: iPhone controlled robot that lets you call home

    By 13 February 2013

    WowWee is to launch a new robot this year called the RoboMe, a robot that allows you to give it some personality by plugging in your iPhone or iPod touch to double as the face. The new toy, which is expected some time over the summer, will work perfectly...

  • Home 3.5 out of 5

    iRobot Scooba 230 review

    By 27 September 2012

    The iRobot Scooba 230 is the company's new robotic floor cleaner designed to mop your kitchen floors so you can do something better with your life, like put your feet up and have a glass of wine. But is it really that simple? We got it to work in the...

  • Online

    Neato XV-15 robot vacuum cleaner invasion begins

    By 24 June 2011

    It was with some apprehension that we opened our doors to Neato XV-15. Inviting a robot into your house as a domestic servant shouldn’t be taken lightly. We’ve all seen what happens when robots go bad, become self aware and throw aside the shackles...

  • Gadgets 4 out of 5

    Pleo robot dinosaur review

    By 29 April 2008

    Pleo is a friendly looking robot dinosaur Camarasaurus, but is it any better than other robots on the market, or is this just another executive toy destined to become an expensive paperweight? We agree to babysit one to find out. The 21-inch long, 7.5-inch...

  • Gadgets 3.5 out of 5

    Teska robot dog review

    By 15 November 2006

    Now that Sony's Aibo has been put down, there is a void in the world of robot pets. Teska, a former challenger to the Aibo has had a new paint job and some upgrading to its AI. But are the results worth the bother? We give the dog a bone and find out....

  • Gadgets 4.5 out of 5

    Lego NXT Mindstorms robotics set review

    By 11 September 2006

    It's been almost a year since we first saw the Lego NXT Mindstorm kit demoed at CES in Las Vegas, but nine months later, its here in the UK. Robots, Lego and computers, what's not to get excited about? Excited you should be as Lego has dusted off its...

  • Gadgets 3.5 out of 5

    Roboraptor toy robot review

    By 17 August 2005

    Last year the NASA scientists at Wow Wee created the Robosapien. A pot plant-sized biped robot that roamed around entertaining while spending its time doing robot things. Hoping to continue the success into Christmas 2005, the company has developed the...

  • Gadgets 4 out of 5

    Robosapien toy robot review

    By 12 May 2004

    A fast moving robot, designed by a NASA scientist, playful enough for kids and advanced enough for adults, what else would Robospaien be? Additionally the robot reacts intuitively to the surrounding environment and then can respond to human interaction...

  • Gadgets 3.5 out of 5

    Pino - robotic toy review

    By 8 February 2004

    While Sony’s Aibo may be able to recognise its owner, take pictures and be able to live semi- autonomously its over £1000. For those looking for a robot on a budget, Pino may just be up your street. Standing some 15inches tall, the plastic robot has...

  • Gadgets 4 out of 5

    Aibo - Robotic Dog review

    By 9 December 2003

    In five years time mans best friend won’t be a dog that eats your slippers and pees on your Afghan rug, it will be a small electronic dog that leads an autonomous life while every so often connecting to the internet to send you pictures of how its day...