Gadget of the Day – Akazawa PLEN Robot

What do robots do after a hard day welding car bodies and walking up stairs? They strap on two sets of wheels and learn to skate, as graceful PLEN her

What do robots do after a hard day welding car bodies and walking up stairs? They strap on two sets of wheels and learn to skate, as graceful PLEN here has been demonstrating.The 9in high skater boy may be cute as a button but he's also a highly sophisticated piece of robot kit. As well as propelling himself forwards, he can skate backwards, glide on one leg and pull tricks.And when he's tired of eight wheels he can pull off his skates and jump on his four-wheeled skateboard – all controllable via Bluetooth, either from a PC or mobile phone.He comes in kit form, but fear not if your DIY skills only extend to changing light bulbs, unlike most super complicated kits, Akazawa promises that just about anyone can put little PLEN together. Yes, even you light bulb boy.Only fifty are being made in the first batch – so best get your skates on.

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