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wind-up salt and pepper robots

by Marc Owens $20.00

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All Wound Up

One day the world will be run by robots! But not just yet. Keep the power in human hands with these fun salt-and-pepper robots. Wind them up, and they're more than happy to pass themselves to someone else at the table. Just keep an eye on them - you don't want an uprising during dinner. Designed by Marc Owens. Made in China.

Unfortunately, this item cannot ship outside of the United States at this time.

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Item ID
18552
Made from
plastic
Measurements
2" L x 2" W x 3" H, 0.1 oz capacity
Notes
Hand wash in soapy water.
  • the maker

Marc Owens

Born 1982 in Leytonstone, East London, Marc Owens studied 3D Design (BA) at the University Of Brighton. After graduating in 2004 he spent two years working in the advertising production industry as a design creative.

He is currently studying on the Design Products course at the Royal College of Art as a member of Platform 11, directed by Noam Toran and Carey Young.

Owens develops critical projects within the design discipline which address issues of identity and ethics. His work is research based and spans subject matter as diverse as the convergence of real and virtual spaces, the development of fantasy experiences, and the manipulation of emotion through interaction with objects.

"Salt and pepper robots were conceived after a robot made me a cocktail during a trip to Tokyo last year," Marc said. "I was fascinated not only by the Japanese enthusiasm for the development of robots but also by the affection they as a society show towards machines which appear to have a life of their own. Salt and pepper robots are a reflection of my interest in the ethical and social issues of our robotic futures."

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WIND-UP SALT AND PEPPER ROBOTS
 
4.1

(based on 36 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (22)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Compact (9)
  • Unique (9)
  • Convenient (3)

Cons

  • Flimsy construction (3)

Best Uses

  • Gifts (13)
  • Small kitchens (9)
  • Decorative (8)
  • Entertaining (8)
  • Informal meals (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual cook (16), Avid cook (6), Practical (4), Stylish (4), Budget shopper (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (18), No (3)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (9), Wife (3)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (8), Other (4)

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4.0

What a Wonderful Gag Gift!

By 

from Rockford, IL

About Me Casual Cook

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Unique

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Gifts
  • Small Kitchens

Comments about WIND-UP SALT AND PEPPER ROBOTS:

My uncle loved his gift!

  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
  • Other
  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
  • Birthday

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3.0

Pizazz

By 

from scotrun pa

About Me Casual Cook

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • They Really Wind

Cons

  • Could Be A Pepp Corn Grin
  • Salt Shaker Pours Out

Best Uses

  • Simple Meals
  • Small Kitchens

Comments about WIND-UP SALT AND PEPPER ROBOTS:

Great product. I prefer peppercorn freshly grinded though. Salt shaker could have been used as a grinder as well. Salt pours out rather Than shakes

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
  • Other
  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
  • Other

Comment on this review

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Novel!

By 

from Milwaukee, WI

About Me Casual Cook

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Compact

Cons

  • Unstable

Best Uses

  • Entertaining
  • Gifts
  • Large Kitchens
  • Small Kitchens

Comments about WIND-UP SALT AND PEPPER ROBOTS:

Great pieces. Kids love them. Only thing is that the black pepper shaker doesn't walk without becoming stuck as the feet catch on each other. The salt one works fine. Going to try some sand paper to remove the sticking point.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
  • Wife
  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
  • Christmas or Hanukkah

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4.0

Cute little things

By 

from Nebraska

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Comments about WIND-UP SALT AND PEPPER ROBOTS:

Cute, not sure it walks for sure, haven't tried it , but my son loved it.

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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great item! A Big Hit!

By 

from Niles, MI

About Me Casual Cook

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gifts
    • Small Kitchens

    Comments about WIND-UP SALT AND PEPPER ROBOTS:

    Thank you! This is a great item for any robot collector!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Father
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or Hanukkah

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great gift idea

    By 

    from Nashville, TN

    About Me Casual Cook

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    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Quality Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Entertaining
      • Gifts
      • Small Kitchens

      Comments about WIND-UP SALT AND PEPPER ROBOTS:

      I got these for my boyfriend for Christmas, and he and his roommates absolutely love them. They're fun to play with for any age!!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Other
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Christmas or Hanukkah

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      robot arthritis

      By 

      from Minneapolis, MN

      About Me Casual Cook

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Flimsy Construction

      Best Uses

      • Gifts
      • Large Kitchens
      • Small Kitchens

      Comments about WIND-UP SALT AND PEPPER ROBOTS:

      The robots have a hard time gaining traction on pretty much any surface, which kind of destroys the whole novelty aspect of them.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Father
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Christmas or Hanukkah

      Comment on this review

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      given as a gift - and he loved them!

      By 

      from Aberdeen, SD

      About Me Avid Cook

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about WIND-UP SALT AND PEPPER ROBOTS:

            he thought they were awesome - really great gift idea!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Other
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Birthday

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Was a big hit!

            By 

            from KS

            About Me Casual Cook

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gifts

                Comments about WIND-UP SALT AND PEPPER ROBOTS:

                Sent this to a friend who works in robotics as a "just because" gift. Not only was he thrilled, but others commented it was "one of the best gifts I've ever seen given." From his photo they looked to be of good quality, but he didn't comment as to how well they worked. In either case, it made a great gift!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Other
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Other

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Cutest conversation piece.

                By 

                from Beaverton, Ofregon

                About Me Avid Cook

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about WIND-UP SALT AND PEPPER ROBOTS:

                    This is the perfect gift for that person who has everything.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Wife
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Other

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