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Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto

October 1, 2009 by by Charles Wood, Four Points News

Local company unveils giant robot

A kid having fun inside the Games2U UbotIf there's anything a kid likes more than a giant robot, it's a chance to be the robot. Local children will soon have that chance, thanks to Four Points-based Games2U.

Children lined up excitedly at the headquarters on Wednesday, Sept. 23, as the company unveiled the prototype U:Bot. Once inside the 6-foot, 8-inch cyborg, each child got to drive the machine, steering with a joystick, pushing buttons to make laser sounds and squirt fog at onlookers. As the child spoke into the special microphone, out came a weird robot voice.

Games2U founders David and Stuart Pikoff and their research and development team helped make the machine a reality over an 18-month period with the help of former Dell president and Games2U partner Joel Kocher.

“We are doing our own R&D and constantly evaluating new products,” said Stuart, who lives in Steiner Ranch. “We put a lot of thought and experimentation into this.” The R&D team took the concept, made technical drawings, and molded the body of the robot.

The robot was introduced to the public in two demos prior to the unveiling, at the opening of Seton Hospital in New Braunfels and at the Concert in the Park in Steiner Ranch at the end of August.

Games2U was founded in 2007 and has since expanded to 80 franchises in 20 states. The company provides state-of-the-art, interactive entertainment for parties and events. It will unveil a new product in October.

“Innovation is a cornerstone of Games2U,” said Stuart. “It helps us stay fresh.”