USB Robot Owl, retail $19.99 (
Manufactured by (Unlnown)
Last updated 12-10-11

The USB Robot Owl is an unusual gadget that serves no real purpose other than to waste power and possibly entertain you to a mild degree.

When plugged into the USB port of a computer, the USB Robot Owl moves his head and blinks his eyes -- yes, that's all folks!!!
But it's a lot safer than other equally wasteful things out there such as alcohol and tobacco!!!

I would probably have not purchased such a useless, asinine thing on my own; but the people who got it for me are known for giving silly gifts on gift-giving occasions such as birthdays and Christmas -- so I'll cherish it much like I'd cherish any other gift!!!

It is made primarily out of plastic, and has at least two small motors inside (one to cock its head and the other to blink its eyes).

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

To use the USB Robot Owl, just plug it into any USB port on your computer, and place it where you can see it.

USB devices are generally "hot swappable" -- simply meaning that you do not have to turn your computer off before plugging in or unplugging the USB Robot Owl.

This product is powered from the USB port on your computer, so I don't need to tell you which part to remove, carry to a bridge over deep water, huck it over the side, and then rather emphatically tell you not to.

This is a computer accessory, not a flashlight meant to be thrashed, trashed, and abused. So I won't throw it against the wall, stomp on it, try to drown it in the toliet bowl or the cistern, run over it, swing it against the concrete floor of a porch, use a medium claw hammer in order to bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoņata, drop it down the top of Mt. Erupto (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piņata Central), with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; the cannoņata (also located at Piņata Central) is only used to shoot piņatas to piņata parties away from picturesque Piņata Island, and Mt. Erupto is an active volcano on Piņata Island {In the episode "Les Saves the Day...Again", Paulie Preztail says "Hey, ever wonder why this park's called 'Mount Erupto' anyway?", then Franklin Fizzlybear says "I think its an old native term. Means 'very safe.'"}), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or inflict upon it punishments that flashlights may have inflicted upon them. It was also a gift from friends, so I would not inflict upon it punishments normally given to flashlights -- so even if it was a flashlight, it would be spared the potentially abusive tests.

Therefore, this web page about the USB Robot Owl will appear significantly more bare than a web page about a flashlight that was not a gift from friends or family.

YourTube video showing the USB Robot Owl doing its thing.

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YourTube video showing the cat thinking that the USB Robot Owl is a cat toy.

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Test unit was given to me by my best friends Phillip B. and Paul D. in Seattle WA. USA as a Christmas gift in 2008.
Because it was a gift, the "" icon will be displayed next to its listings on this website and the unit will be spared the abuse it might otherwise receive.

Product was almost certainly made in Japan.
A product's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I published it on this web page.

UPDATE: 12-09-11
If the owl appears to be "sleeping", a small white button on its back can be pressed to "wake it up". The eyes will blink ten times in fairly rapid succession, then the owl will tilt its head two times with the eyes open and two more times with the eyes closed.

    PRODUCT TYPE: Animated "thing" for use near your computer
    No. OF LAMPS: N/A
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: N/A (USB-powered)
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WARRANTY: Unknown/TBA


    Product was not intended to be a light-emitter, so the traditional "star" rating will not be used.

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