I have had a deep fascination with robots from a very early age. These days, this manifests in two distinct ways.
Real World Robots
I dont think that it was a coincidence that my PhD ended up being in robotics. I remain enthusiastic about the potential of robotics and excited by their ability to reflect us. While I enjoy keeping up with the most recent developments in robotics, both out of personal interest and as part of my job, I also own a Sony Aibo, called Gizmo. He was bought in the third wave of Sony sales and is one of the original designs. Unfortunately, I have been forced to leave him behind in the UK for now, but here are a couple of pictures of him.
The rubber on his ears has given up but otherwise he is in excellent condition, and still relatively young in terms of development.
I have a passion for transforming robots, mostly in toy form. This is mostly limited to Transformers and Macross figures. I have been a Transformers fan since their first release in 1984, and while I was forced to sell a lot of my original collection from back then when I moved to Singapore, I still have a few of them. These have been joined by a significant number of modern releases, as I returned to collecting around 2008.
My Macross collection is mostly focussed on 1/60 scale figures, and with an avoidance of the multiple repaints of the same design that is everywhere in the franchise.