Programming hobby robots from a computer is far from new, but what if the robot was the computer? Powered by a 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor, Robovie-PC runs Windows or Linux, and comes pre-assembled with 20 degrees of super-expensive programmable maneuverability.
You're in luck if you're hoping to terrorize small animals and stream the results the Web: it has a programmable 1.3-megapixel CMOS camera and built-in Wi-Fi. And you get the usual stuff for the PC side of things, like a VGA output for a monitor, and USB ports for a keyboard and mouse...
That all sounds good until you see the 15-inch tall mini PC uses a 3 axis accelerometer and two 2 axis gyro sensors to move about. Those don't come cheap. In fact, bragging rights will set you back 400,000 Yen (about $4,500). Yeah, you read that right. For that sort of MIT-only style money, I'd want it to at least mix my cocktails…or make me bacon and eggs in the morning. Sheesh. [Vstone Store via Plastic Pals]