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Robots on the Brain

I’ve had loads of rave reviews about the new Happy Bungalow robot line (fingers crossed for more).  As such I’ve been working on expanding the line.  First up are prototypes SC”OUT and DOG  I’m working on the back-stories for each.

My wife commented that the DOG robot looks a bit like a sheep.  HA!  How about Sherpard’s Helper Electronic E-something Protection?  I don’t have the name fully worked out, or a working prototype, but I have the backstory – it’s great, but you’ll have to wait.

SCOUT isn’t an anagram – just a name.  It’s another XyThanP Corp robot (like the XR14-J).  I believe it’s another XR model – single digits probably, but I’ll have to confirm that.  XyThanP Corp’s PR department has been tight-mouthed of late.  I think it has something to do with the mining equipment scandal, but that’s just my opinion.  I hope to secure more information soon.

M.A.I.D. r3

Introducing the newest Happy Bungalow Robot.  For sale at Happy Bungalow’s Etsy shop.

The M.A.I.D. r3 (Mechanical Automated Independent Domestic revision 3) was the first successful humanoid domestic assistant produced by CleanBotics.

The revision 3 followed the overly ambitious revision 2 (nicknamed MADs).  The revision 2s were humanoid in shape, but had 4 arms – so they could work faster by performing simultaneous tasks.  In an attempt to break into the hospitality market speed was emphasized over safety, resulting in great damage to property.  Numerous lawsuits followed a brief two month service run.

The revision 3 was given softer lines, only two arms, and was introduced through a massive public relations campaign: choice product placement, celebrity endorsement, and appearances on popular television shows.  The 3s served the domestic market exclusively, were reliable, and a tremendous success.

This model is a scale reproduction of the original rendered in red oak.

Couldn’t we all use a robot to vacuum our floors while serving drinks?

tired wood robot toy after long day of work

One Year Anniversary

Happy Bungalow is one year old!  We celebrated at our hometown show.  We’ve come a long way since last year (view here)

There’s a number of new products and new show furniture to display them on.

A new easier on the back sign

And ever popular dollhouse furniture.

I’ll be adding more products for the upcoming slate of fall shows and I’m going to tweak the booth o give things a bit more pop.

The anniversary show went off well – increased sales from a year ago, loads of business cards handed out, and bunches of conversations.  A tiring day, but fun.  Phew.

Robots!

The whole Happy Bungalow crew (and a few outside consultants) have been hard at work developing a new product line – Robots.  The robots are scale reproductions of “actual” robots.  Each robot is poseable, rearrangeable, and all kinds of fun.  Yes, I own a dictionary.  Each robot is issued as a limited edition series and comes with and information card explaining the history of the robot.  Future work on happybungalow.com will expand on the backstory of each r0bot.

First off the line is the XR14-J

The XR14s (experimental robot model 14) were the first independent humanoid robots developed by the XyThanP Corp. Designed as a test bed for future production robots, parts and components could easily be exchanged and upgraded.

The variant J robot was designed to test long term exposure to harsh environments. Variant Js were deployed in pairs to the Centaurus A galaxy on mapping and exploration missions. While the robots primary goal was to test their systems and limits, the Js gathered databases full of scientific information.

This model is a scale reproduction of the original robot. The original materials have been rendered in oak, walnut, and steel. Magnetic parts replicate the interchangeable design of the original testbed robot.

Right now you can purchase the robot in person at one of our shows (click here) or at our etsy shop.

EDIT 2015:  Oh, how the times are changing.  Buy a robot from our ever growing line of robots in our online toy shop here.