A robot-of-the-month club? Sign us up. The BEAM Bot Club ($170) will send you one tiny robot a month for four months that you can build using basic soldering and easy math. If you're wondering, BEAM is an acronym for Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, Mechanics. Hot damn — killer robots and learning.
Calling it the ultimate GPS might be going a bit too far, but it sure does rock. The new TomTom GO 920T ($700; Q4 2007) packs features like a 4.3-inch, 480 x 272 touch screen, Bluetooth, a RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver, a built-in FM transmitter, 4GB of internal storage, an SD card slot, Enhanced Positioning Technology that uses movement and gravity sensors to calculate position when GPS signals are unavialable, and more. Like we said, "a bit too far."
Designed by Crispin Jones, Tengu ($50) is an iPod-like USB creature that lip syncs to your music using his red LED face. He's got seven different facial expressions, and works with any PC or Mac. Don't blame us if Tengu gives you a WTF look when iTunes starts playing "A Bay Bay."
From the makers of the Cableyoyo comes one of the most simple ways we've yet seen to cool down your laptop. Cool Feet ($13) are a set of four "feet" for your laptop that attach either by suction or by a smooth adhesive pad, and raise it up to provide a more ergonomic typing position and better airflow, which results in a cooler laptop.
We've all got an excuse to be a little lazier, thanks to the all-new Roomba 500 Series. These cleaning robots pack new features such as anti-tangle technology, twice as much suction as previous models, a re-designed dustbin to hold more dirt, and interchangeable faceplates. The lineup includes the Roomba 530 ($300), which cleans up to three standard rooms before returning to its base to recharge, and the Roomba 560 ($350), which adds Virtual Wall Lighthouses, and an on-board programming function.