i-Sobot Robot Toy Review

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Awhile back, I had a toy robot that I never even took out of the box. It was huge, and took like 75 D batteries to operate. The great people over at ThinkGeek sent me one of their new i-SOBOTs to play with. This thing is definitely addictive… and now will be a regular part of my show.

The i-SOBOT robot is just amazing and fun. The I-SOBOT is the big brother of the Omnibot robot you may remember from the 80’s. Frankly there isn’t much of a family resemblance. With 17 servo motors and amazing lifelike movement the i-SOBOT is more like a mini version of some futuristic robotic race destined to be our masters. The i-SOBOT can be directly controlled via the included remote to walk and perform dozens of complex motions. He can balance on one leg, do a handstand and get up from almost any position. String commands together to record more complex performances, or you can use the “Special Action Mode” to be wowed by one of i-SOBOTS intricate built in motion routines. i-SOBOT can also understand 10 different voice commands and speaks using over 200 words and phrases.

i-Sobot has Four operation Modes

  • Remote Control Mode Movements can be controlled directly using joy sticks and command buttons. He can also perform hundreds of amazing pre-programmed actions using short button codes.
  • Programming Mode Program a sequence of up to 80 actions, then easily play the sequence back with the push of a button.
  • Special Action Mode Command i-SOBOT to play air guitar, impersonate a movie character, or perform any of 18 pre-programmed special actions.
  • Voice Command Mode i-SOBOT recognizes 10 voice commands, reacting with dozens of appropriate but unpredictable actions.

As far as just playing with this robot, I give it an A+. The only downside I’ve seen so far is the fact that in order to install the batteries, you must have a precision screwdriver. If you don’t happen to have one, you’re…. well… precisionally screwdrivered. So for that fact, I give the setting-up of the i-SOBOT a B. Want to embed this video on your own site, blog, or forum? Use this code or download the video:

43 thoughts on “i-Sobot Robot Toy Review”

  1. Hey Chris:

    Just wanted to say thank you for the community server you provide with these YouTube productions. Always a pleasure watching and keep up the good work. 20k YouTube Subscribers, good start.

    Peace, Love and Joy

  2. This is a pretty nifty little gadget, Although the price is a bit steep for a toy (imho) I’m just wondering if It is updateable, Does it have a connection to the pc and will they be adding new commands to the software? The way it moved out from under your desk (the first time you were playing with it) was impressive. I was also wondering what the range was like on the controller? At any rate, If you have the money to spend on this tech toy..Do it! one of the coolest robots I’ve seen, And its also compact & has kung fu grip!

  3. I’ve always loved robots. I think that they are indeed the future of computing, as in implementing it into our daily tasks and such. Robots are cool, especially these little toy robots that I love to play with when I have the chance. These are so cool, and I can only imagine what will be in store for the future.

  4. hi chris
    what i think of the robot
    it good for kids between 8-10 olds
    they need to do some more work to it so more fun

  5. Hello Chris,

    I enjoyed your i-SOBOT review. You might be interested in Robodance version 4, due to be released this week. It’s a free Windows PC software program that gives you the ability to control your i-SOBOT robot (and many of WowWee’s robots) using the Nintendo WiiMote, your voice (147 commands not just the i-SOBOT’s preprogrammed 10), and create advanced sharable scripts For the i-SOBOT, the WiiMote support includes gesture recognition so you can control your i-SOBOT’s 35 combat moves using easy to remember arm gestures (Punches, Kicks, Guards). You can find out more here:



  6. Wow! Technology

    I remember when I was about 8 seeing those type of robots of TV and wanting one. Cool vid.

  7. I saw where you had it out playing with it there yesterday and I must say it is pretty awesome. I think its cool what robots can do, and I will be alright with it just as long as they don’t get too smart.

  8. This thing is AWESOME! I have been looking for something different to give my daughter for her birthday… and I think I just found it!

  9. I was watching when you got this out. It was fun to watch and see the different things that the cool robot could do

  10. Hey Chris I think you should contact the company here in Boise who makes Pleo the robotic dinosaur. It’s made by UGobe and its pretty darn cool. Maybe you can talk them into sending you one for a giveway.

    Boise, ID

  11. I saw this and I thought it was cool, I like the Idea of the “programming mode” I wish I had one of these, I could spend hours and hours with this thing.

  12. Chris. how dare you compare the i-Sobot to the Robosapien? The original Robosapien IS very big and ugly, but the new ones like the Robosapien v2 and Robosapien RS Media are much better looking. And the Robosapien is intended to be a humanoid robot while the i-Sobot is intended to be… a robot. I’m sorry, but that i-Sobot is very unsightly.

  13. Your talking about the I-Robot huh? I have one of those, it’s fun ^_^!

    I-Sobot looks like a little more advanced version of I-Robot though.

  14. That wasn’t really a review as it didn’t go thru pros and cons except to pick at the fact that it uses a precision screwdriver to open the battery compartment as if it is tough to get the tool which is really no big deal. Lots of toys use compartments like that because half of time the normal ones get lost especially on remotes.

    I’m trying to find a review that actually comments on the programing ability and scripting.

  15. That’s an awesome robot but u might wanna look at the roboquad because its a pretty cool robot too. Its famous from the robot vs puppy video on youtube.

    The website is http://www.roboquadonline.com/

    That’s the only robot I’ve seen that could stand up against that i-Sobot Robot.

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