Romo, shown in the video, reminds me of the Tamagotchi from the 90s. Some may spend countless hours with them. Hobbyists can spend time playing, write apps for this, and connect & control the robot remotely. These mini robots are just good fun for the kids and family, and not expensive. Well… other than that you do need an iPhone or iPod touch.

It is almost at the end of 2011. Many sites have published lists of Top <whatever #> list of 2011 and year reviews. Here are some of those that, I think you should read.

Discover Magazine: Top 14 Solar System Pictures of 2011

RWW: Top 10 Best TED Talks of 2011 – If you are looking for inspiring TED talks, this is a good list to start!

Yanko Design: Best of Yanko Design 2011

Design Milk: 2011 year in review – Best of Tech

RWW: Top 10 Startups of 2011 – If you are looking for cool startup services, this is a good place to start. However, you might have already signed up to these services.

Next Big Future: Technology areas to watch in 2012 through 2016

All Things D: Tech Products We Lost Too Soon – A list of products which have been cancelled or discontinued in 2011

Social Times: Top 10 2011 Christmas Light Displays

The Next Web: 2011 Tech Rewind – This year in Silicon Valley

Technology Review: The Year on the Web

Kindle the eBook 2.0
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After reading this post – Why I Hate E-readers, and Doubt They’ll Ever Hit the Mainstream – from Fast Company, I odd to agree with the writer’s thought on ebook readers.  I think that at this point in time, any mobile consumer technology with a single function will not survive the growing marketing.  In the last few years, mobile devices and their capabilities have converged.

Although Amazon‘s Kindle reader benefits the needs of book readers in terms of removing the amount of books they carry, how many people really have the time and the ability to read multiple novels within let say a week?

From the technology and design perspectives, why would people spend $300+ on a devices which only good for ebook reading?  When for about the same amount of money one can get a 10.1 inch netbook and is able to do all the other stuff like IM and web surfing.  I’m sure there are people who like to use their Kindles to read, but that seems to be a niche market.

With Safari books online and other e-book services available on iPhone, I think ebook device is already a thing in the past.

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