Robot band will fend off co-workers

Nothing irritates cubicle mates more than something like this.

Mike Yamamoto Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.
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If nothing else here at Crave, we're all about finding new ways to disrupt your workplace with various toys and robots, especially on a Friday afternoon. And though we generally prefer items that can fly, crawl or jump on command, there are a few more traditional forms of juvenile gadgetry that can draw equally amusing results. To wit: the "Animated Robotic Power Trio."

Armed with a tiny guitar, keyboard and drums, your own personal band will play in sync with any MP3 player to the certain dread of any cubicle mate within earshot if its product literature is any indication: "Each robot has articulated arms, torso, head and feet that move in unison with each note, chord or beat played; heads bob, feet tap and torsos sway to the music." It even comes with a music mixer that can loop the same nine songs, ensuring the development of nervous tics if not workplace violence.