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Our New Overlords: The 12 Best Gifts For Robot Fans

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* Robot-themed gifts ranging from toys to jewelry
* Fun and educational toys for kids, too
* When the machines rule us all, show you were cool with them from the start

With everyone from sci-fi authors to CEOs predicting a world that will be profoundly changed by automation, it’s looking like a great time to make peace with the idea of our robot-filled future. So here are 12 of the top gifts for robot fans.

1.Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Game

The Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots bring us a classic two-player game where you compete to knock each others’ blocks off. A durable plastic toy that gives hours of robot-themed fun, it’s nostalgic and futuristic at the same time.

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2. Programmable Humanoid Robot

Programmable via a wonderfully old-school remote control, this humanoid robot looks like something straight out of a vintage Isaac Asimov novel cover. It can walk around and even dance to your favorite Daft Punk tunes.

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3. WowWee MiP

MiP the Toy Robot from WowWee is remarkable because it can “see” and respond to gesture based commands, bringing your playtime one step closer to the Uncanny Valley.

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4. BB-8 Architectural Lamp

This is definitely the droid you’re looking for, provided you’re looking for a snazzy droid to help light up your desk or work space.

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5. Voltron Ring

This Voltron ring is a sweet piece of “geek bling” bearing the likeness of the legendary robotic defender of the universe, Voltron. Similar jewelry has appeared in the Deadpool film and on the fingers of stars like Ewan McGregor, Gwen Stefani and Snoop Dogg.

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6. Remote Control R2D2

This remote control R2D2 features a full set of app-controlled movements, plus unique games and challenges.

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7. Miposaur

This remote-control dinosaur can “hunt” using its AI and the included trackball. It also features an app with programmable modes.

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8. Sphero Ollie

The Sphero Ollie is a neat AI-enhanced take on the RC car. Thanks to app functionality, it brings a whole new level of autonomy to the old remote control toy paradigm.

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9. Sphero Educational Robot

This neat app-controlled robotic sphere has the looks to match its futuristic premise. It helps teach kids programming and basic machine-interface literacy.

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10. Wonder Workshop Dash

The dash is a programmable, environment sensing robot that comes with a suite of apps to access its AI features, function tutorials and more. It’s both a fun toy and a great teaching tool.

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11. UBTECH Robotics Kit

The UBTECH robotics kit lets you design and build your own cool robot. Think of it as intelligent Legos come to life.

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12. Anki Cozmo

The Anki Cozmo is an upgradable robotics platform that includes an iOS or Android app that lets you access new features and challenges.

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