9 Geeky Robot-Themed Products You Need in Your Future


Calling all robot lovers: It's easier than ever to show your passion for all things 'bot at home, at work, or just walking down the street. Go ahead, treat yourself to one (or all) of these shiny and new robot-themed products.

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1. Schylling Metallic Robot Coin Bank

A shiny robot piggy bank
Schylling, Amazon

Use this shiny porcelain money bank to save up for a real robot of your own. It's 10 inches tall, so there's plenty of room for all those pennies.

Find it on Amazon for $23 and at these other retailers:

2. Betsey Johnson Kiss and Tell Robot Crossbody Bucket Purse

A black faux-leatherr purse with a robot on it
Betsey Johnson, Amazon

Futuristic fashionistas will love this faux-leather robot bag from Betsey Johnson featuring a studded 'bot with a big heart. Johnson must love robots herself, because she also makes another robot-shaped crossbody purse in gold that features a big circuit board heart and beaded arms, as well as a flashy robot-themed coin purse.

Find it on Amazon for $81 and at these other retailers:

3. Build Your Own Robot Kit

Here's a no-brainer: If you love robots, the best gift to get yourself is the materials to make your own. This kit from UncommonGoods has all the pieces you need to build a little robot buddy. From there, you can whatever use materials you have lying around the house to improve upon your creation. As the product description suggests, "Upcycle any old piece of unused hardware or spare parts to build a friendly little robot, bursting with geeky, goofy personality—a little bit like its maker?"

Find it at UncommonGoods for $15.

4. Honey & Brie Design Mr. Robot Enamel Pin

A gray enamel pin in the shape of a robot
Honey & Brie Design, Amazon

This adorable robot has a big heart. Can you find room for him in yours?

Find it on Amazon for $10.

5. SUCK UK Tin Robot Lunch Box

Robot Tin Lunch Box
SUCK UK, Amazon

Pack your lunch for a long day at the lab (or your coding class) inside this retro tin robot lunch box. It's the perfect size for a sandwich and some snacks.

Find it on Amazon for $20 or at these other retailers:

6. JWH Robot Pillow

A robot-shaped pillow on a bed
JWH, Amazon

Snuggle up with this plush pillow and dream of electric sheep.

Find it on Amazon for $13.

7. DowBier Mini Robot Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Three robot-shaped Bluetooth speakers next to an iPhone
DowBier, Amazon

This teeny, adorable Bluetooth speaker boasts 10 hours of playback and comes with a lanyard so you can hang it anywhere you like. It's available in three colors: navy, white, and pink.

Find it on Amazon for $19.

8. Kikkerland Robot Tea Infuser and Drip Tray

A robot-shaped tea infuser resting inside a glass mug full of tea
Kikkerland, Amazon

The adjustable arms of this stainless steel infuser hang on tight to the lip of your mug while your tea is steeping. It also comes with a drip tray to keep things neat after you take your 'bot out.

Find it on Amazon for $12.

9. Tovolo Robot Pop Flexible Silicone Popsicle Molds

Four robot-shaped popsicles
Tovolo, Amazon

These silicone popsicle molds allow you to create four different robo-pops in your favorite flavors, with four unique robot-leg-shaped popsicle holders to complete the look. Everything is BPA-free and dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.

Find them for $9 on Amazon and at these other retailers:

10 Products for a Better Night's Sleep

Amazon/Comfort Spaces
Amazon/Comfort Spaces

Getting a full eight hours of sleep can be tough these days. If you’re having trouble catching enough Zzzs, consider giving these highly rated and recommended products a try.

1. Everlasting Comfort Pure Memory Foam Knee Pillow; $25

Everlasting Comfort Knee Pillow
Everlasting Comfort/Amazon

For side sleepers, keeping the spine, hips, and legs aligned is key to a good night’s rest—and a pain-free morning after. Everlasting Comfort’s memory foam knee pillow is ergonomically designed to fit between the knees or thighs to ensure proper alignment. One simple but game-changing feature is the removable strap, which you can fasten around one leg; this keeps the pillow in place even as you roll at night, meaning you don’t have to wake up to adjust it (or pick it up from your floor). Reviewers call the pillow “life-changing” and “the best knee pillow I’ve found.” Plus, it comes with two pairs of ear plugs.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Letsfit White Noise Machine; $21

Letsfit White Noise Machine

White noise machines: They’re not just for babies! This Letsfit model—which is rated 4.7 out of five with nearly 3500 reviews—has 14 potential sleep soundtracks, including three white noise tracks, to better block out everything from sirens to birds that chirp enthusiastically at dawn (although there’s also a birds track, if that’s your thing). It also has a timer function and a night light.

Buy it: Amazon

3. ECLIPSE Blackout Curtains; $16

Eclipse Black Out Curtains

According to the National Sleep Foundation, too much light in a room when you’re trying to snooze is a recipe for sleep disaster. These understated polyester curtains from ECLIPSE block 99 percent of light and reduce noise—plus, they’ll help you save on energy costs. "Our neighbor leaves their backyard light on all night with what I can only guess is the same kind of bulb they use on a train headlight. It shines across their yard, through ours, straight at our bedroom window," one Amazon reviewer who purchased the curtains in black wrote. "These drapes block the light completely."

Buy it: Amazon

4. JALL Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock; $38

JALL Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock

Being jarred awake by a blaring alarm clock can set the wrong mood for the rest of your day. Wake up in a more pleasant way with this clock, which gradually lights up between 10 percent and 100 percent in the 30 minutes before your alarm. You can choose between seven different colors and several natural sounds as well as a regular alarm beep, but why would you ever use that? “Since getting this clock my sleep has been much better,” one reviewer reported. “I wake up not feeling tired but refreshed.”

Buy it: Amazon

5. Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light; $200

Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light

If you’re looking for an alarm clock with even more features, Philips’s SmartSleep Wake-Up Light is smartphone-enabled and equipped with an AmbiTrack sensor, which tracks things like bedroom temperature, humidity, and light levels, then gives recommendations for how you can get a better night’s rest.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Slumber Cloud Stratus Sheet Set; $159

Stratus sheets from Slumber Cloud.
Slumber Cloud

Being too hot or too cold can kill a good night’s sleep. The Good Housekeeping Institute rated these sheets—which are made with Outlast fibers engineered by NASA—as 2020’s best temperature-regulating sheets.

Buy it: SlumberCloud

7. Comfort Space Coolmax Sheet Set; $29-$40

Comfort Spaces Coolmax Sheets
Comfort Spaces/Amazon

If $159 sheets are out of your price range, the GHI recommends these sheets from Comfort Spaces, which are made with moisture-wicking Coolmax microfiber. Depending on the size you need, they range in price from $29 to $40.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Coop Home Goods Eden Memory Foam Pillow; $80

Coop Eden Pillow
Coop Home Goods/Amazon

This pillow—which has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon—is filled with memory foam scraps and microfiber, and comes with an extra half-pound of fill so you can add, or subtract, the amount in the pillow for ultimate comfort. As a bonus, the pillows are hypoallergenic, mite-resistant, and washable.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Baloo Weighted Blanket; $149-$169

Baloo Weighted Blanket

Though the science is still out on weighted blankets, some people swear by them. Wirecutter named this Baloo blanket the best, not in small part because, unlike many weighted blankets, it’s machine-washable and -dryable. It’s currently available in 12-pound ($149) twin size and 20-pound ($169) queen size. It’s rated 4.7 out of five stars on Amazon, with one reviewer reporting that “when it's spread out over you it just feels like a comfy, snuggly hug for your whole body … I've found it super relaxing for falling asleep the last few nights, and it looks nice on the end of the bed, too.” 

Buy it: Amazon 

10. Philips Smartsleep Snoring Relief Band; $200

Philips SmartSleep Snoring Relief Band

Few things can disturb your slumber—and that of the ones you love—like loudly sawing logs. Philips’s Smartsleep Snoring Relief Band is designed for people who snore when they’re sleeping on their backs, and according to the company, 86 percent of people who used the band reported reduced snoring after a month. The device wraps around the torso and is equipped with a sensor that delivers vibrations if it detects you moving to sleep on your back; those vibrations stop when you roll onto your side. The next day, you can see how many hours you spent in bed, how many of those hours you spent on your back, and your response rate to the vibrations. The sensor has an algorithm that notes your response rate and tweaks the intensity of vibrations based on that. “This device works exactly as advertised,” one Amazon reviewer wrote. “I’d say it’s perfect.”

Buy it: Amazon

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Make Breakfast for the Family in a Flash With the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker


The number of ways you can eat eggs is limited only by your cooking ability and imagination. Now, thanks to the foolproof Dash Rapid Egg Cooker, even that doesn't have to hold you back, because you'll be able to prepare your eggs exactly how you like them in just minutes—no flipping, stirring, or frying required.

Weighing roughly 1 pound and measuring 7.5 inches across, this egg cooker is the perfect size for a shelf or countertop. Its design accommodates a variety of egg preparations, so if you like your eggs boiled, you can fit up to six of them on the tray at once and cook them until they're soft-boiled, hard-boiled, or somewhere in between. The cooker also features trays for poaching eggs and making omelettes.

Rapid Egg Cooker.

The device comes with a measuring cup showing how much water you need to cook each style of egg, and it buzzes and shuts off automatically when they're done. That way, you can make your perfect breakfast even before you've had your first cup of coffee.

The gadget is super popular with breakfast-lovers. It has a 4.6-star rating on Amazon, and the online retailer lists it as one the most-loved items on the site. You can purchase it on Amazon today for $20.

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