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Giant Robot Presents: Ping Pong Playa DVD Signing, This Saturday

January 9th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Angelenos, what better way is there to spend your Saturday (that’s tomorrow, for the calendar-challenged) than join our friends/heroes at Giant Robot for a star-studded DVD signing-op with the minds behind Ping Pong Playa?

Head on out to the west side and give a high-five to the film’s writer/director (Jessica Yu) and a host of the film’s actors (co-writer Jimmy Tsai, Smith Cho, and Roger Fan). Follow it up with boba and Izakaya in the neighborhood… perfect!

“Ping Pong Playa” DVD Signing

Saturday, January 10, 6:00 -8:00
@ GR2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 445-9276

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Thanks, Cate and Eric!

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Roadbot Rage

October 9th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Nissan recently unveiled Pivo 2, a concept car that allows you to drive sideways and has a robot sitting on the dash to assist. Pivo is egg-shaped and looks like a giant, jolly cup of Boba tea. Since the wheels turn 90 degrees, there’s no need to learn how to parallel park anymore. Also…

Like its predecessor, which was unveiled two years ago, the new Pivo has a cabin able to revolve 360 degrees, eliminating the need to reverse.

The robot feature helps you to navigate and assesses when you’re tired and need to pull off the road. The company also claims it can sense when you’re angry and helps with road rage…by nodding or shaking its head.

Whoa. Hold up. Admittedly, Pivo 2′s robot is adorable. But if someone’s screaming obscenities or laying on his/her horn or cutting me off in Friday afternoon traffic, there is no way that little guy bobbing his head is going to prevent me from giving somebody the finger and popping off at the other driver. Not unless Pivo’s robot comes with duct tape and some hand restraints, too.


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