Where are all the robots I was promised? I’ve lived through the hype of Spykee, the ConnectR, and am now forced to come to terms with the Rovio. Why can’t someone just make and release a robot that will be controllable by wi-fi, mobile phone, and remote control. I’ve asked myself this question many times, too many times.
As I sat watching as the iRobot scooba, inert, scare the living daylights out of my 18 month old daughter yesterday, I think I answered my own question. They’re all creepy. Witness…
The ConnectR: It looks like a toilet – a rust-colored toilet
The Erector Spykee: It’d chase you around the house if they ever actually got it into the hands of consumers
The Wow Wee Rovio: Hardly warm and cuddly unless you like being photographed by a robotic manta ray
Come on, robot makers! Make me a robot that I can use when I travel in order to talk to my kid, not terrify her!