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A robot without batteries, Cubebot from Areaware

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When it comes to robots, most toys involve some type of beeping, flashing or other potentially annoying noise. After the batteries die, the robot becomes useless. Why isn't there a non-electronic robot that is imaginative, fun and engaging. Now there is, the Cubebot from Areaware.

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Micro Cubebot created by David Weeks is inspired by Japanese Shinto Kumi-ki puzzles. The Cubebot is made from a hardwood frame and can hold dozens of poses. With elastic band muscles and powerful wood limbs, Cubebot is impervious to breakage. When you aren't playing with his many poses, Cubebot folds into a cube.

A Cubebot would be perfect for the office setting. During those long conference calls or as a conversation piece, a Cubebot would look great on a desk. In its cube shape, your boss wouldn't know that there is a toy on your desk.

For kids, Cubebots would be great for imaginative play. By taking about the electronics out of the toy, kids have to create their own game. The durablity helps kids play hard yet not worry about breakage.

Cubebots come in three sizes, micro, small, medium and XL. Prices range from $7.99 (micro) to $250 (XL). Available colors include blue, green, multi, natural, orange, pink, red, violet, and yellow. Cubebots can be purchased at www.areaware.com.

AREAWARE is a Brooklyn based company that offers everyday objects that are functional and unusual. Its goal is to create thoughtful products that inspire an emotional response. Browse the company's website, Facebook or Twitter accounts for holiday gift inspiration.

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