Relevant to Your Interests: Robots for Everyday Wear and Use

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ROBOTS! Some of y’all love them; some of y’all think the apocalypse is nigh. I am fairly torn between the two. But whatever your opinion is on robots, drones and droids, one thing is for certain: we cannot escape their growing ubiquity. Robots are everywhere. Here are my favorite robots and robot-themed things—these are the droids you’re looking for.

Non-Robotic Robot Goods


I have wanted this Robot Tea Infuser ($15) for approximately a million years. It is one of two inspirations for this post. I think it is the cutest. Look at its little tiny face peeking up out of the tea. For those of you who are leggings people, here are leggings that make your legs look like Steampunk robo-legs ($80). It’s like analog robots. Or you could always grab leggings with my favorite robot, BMO, on them ($22).


Hang robots on your wall, print-style ($24) or around your neck, necklace-style ($25). Bathe in them with robot soap ($5.50 for four), plant in them with a 3D-printed succulent planter ($35), or just give a robot a hug with this lovely little plushie ($32). Like I said, robots are everywhere.

Actually-Robotic Robots


Okay, so the other inspiration for this post is Sphero’s Star Wars BB-8 ($198). A friend purchased one and showed it off at our weekly D&D game and it’s adorable. Like, yeah, it’s cool and all; it does fun things. But the number one reason I enjoyed it is because it moves around the space in a really cute way. I’m such a sucker for design. Here’s a Gizmodo video to prove it:

Sphero also makes a see-through, programmable model called SPRK ($130) that’s accessible for beginner programmers, yet challenging enough for those more advanced. For something less a toy and more a working robot, there’s always an iRobot Roomba ($450, but prices vary depending on the model). Heather wrote an amazing review of why she’s all about it that I recommend reading before deciding which Roomba to gift the robot-lover in your life.


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A.E. Osworth

A.E. Osworth is part-time Faculty at The New School, where they teach undergraduates the art of digital storytelling. Their novel, We Are Watching Eliza Bright, about a game developer dealing with harassment (and narrated collectively by a fictional subreddit), is forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing (April 2021) and is available for pre-order now. They have an eight-year freelancing career and you can find their work on Autostraddle (where they used to be the Geekery Editor), Guernica, Quartz, Electric Lit, Paper Darts, Mashable, and drDoctor, among others.

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  1. My Roomba is chugging away in the other room as we speak. Totally-worth-it robot investment. One of these days I’m going to get her mopping friend to keep her company.

      • They’re all so good, aren’t they? I’m in love with all of them. I hope one day I have my own office so I can cover it in these robot planters and my signed Critical Role poster, none of which my fiancée will allow in my living room (I’ve vetoed some of her stuff too, so fair enough).

  2. That BB8 looks like a legit stopgap for people who want a puppy but aren’t ready for that level of commitment in their lives

  3. every year i say “a vacuum cleaner isn’t a present alaina!” and every year i’m a little bummed that i didn’t ask for a roomba. maybe this will be the year all my robot dreams come true.

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