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Austin kids can do the robot with latest gadgets

September 24, 2009 by By Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Daily Texan

Shelley Neuman/The Daily Texan Staff

Lily Hiduke takes a ride in the U:bot, the first robot controlled from the inside by humans, at the Games2U Corporate Headquarters in North Austin on Wednesday afternoon.

From inside an almost 7-foot-tall, motorized green robot, 11-year-old Katie Gillespey tests out the latest toy from Games2U Entertainment as she zips across the company's headquarters, shooting laser lights and fog as she moves.

"I definitely want to drive around and scare my friends," Gillespey said.

Games2U founders, brothers David and Stuart Pikoff, showcased

From inside an almost 7-foot-tall, motorized green robot, 11-year-old Katie Gillespey tests out the latest toy from Games2U Entertainment as she zips across the company's headquarters, shooting laser lights and fog as she moves.

"I definitely want to drive around and scare my friends," Gillespey said.

Games2U founders, brothers David and Stuart Pikoff, showcased their U:bot invention Wednesday afternoon to neighbors and friends at a debut promo party. The event also featured colorful trailers where attendants could play video games.

U:bot users step inside the robot through a back door on the body and drive using a joystick. Inside are buttons to control light, sound and fog effects, a video screen and a voice machine that changes the user's voice to "robot voice." A platform inside adjusts to accommodate height.

David Pikoff said the robot's development team drew inspiration from television and science fiction movies. Planning has already begun on an updated version of U:bot, which will feature movable arms and Nerf ball guns, he added.

Games2U is an Austin-based franchise company that brings flashy, mobile entertainment to birthday parties and festivals.

The company offers party vans with flat screen televisions and a capacity of up to 16, as well as laser tag, air cannons and a giant, inflatable hamster ball. The cost for a Games2U party starts at $199.

The Pikoff brothers started the company in 2007 after leaving their former jobs in telecommunication, real estate and a building company.

"We're light-hearted guys, and we thought work should be all fun and games," David said.

"Often times, we get to go to work and we're talking about robots and video games. My kids think I'm the coolest dad in town."

David said the brothers lucked out and stayed afloat when the recession hit. Although parents might not buy a new home or new car, they do not neglect their kid's birthday, and people will always be spending money on their kids, he said.

David's next door neighbor Sherri Coughlin said it is always a big neighborhood event when he sets up new gadgets in development on his lawn.

"I like that they show different games — not just video games, but unique activities for kids to do, like that giant hamster ball," Coughlin said.