This Friendly Little Dalek Robot Will Watch Your Home Like A Hawk
Earlier this week, I talked about the Beam +, and how it's the first in a new generation of household robots. Today, I'd like to introduce you to what effectively amounts to the world's first robotic butler. It's a little bot that goes by the name of Keecker.
Roomba, eat your heart out. The robotic Keecker - which looks kind of like a strange combination between a Dalek and a trash can - doesn't really vacuum up trash, but it more than makes up for that with its other features. Designed by former Google Product Manager Pierre Lebeau, Keecker is equipped with an on-board 1200x800 projector, 360-degree sound with six speakers, a terabyte of onboard storage, and a host of sensors that lets it monitor everything from temperature and humidity to light and CO2 levels.
The little robot - which first debuted at CES 2014 - is controlled via and Androidor iOS app, and comes with Android and Google Play preinstalled. As such, not only will users be able to use the robot to keep track of their home, they'll be able to use it as a mobile projector for streaming video. Admittedly, that's a bit of a niche offering - not everyone's going to have a home with walls capable of supporting a projector, after all - but it's still very, very cool.
Also, the robot...actually isn't that little. The current prototype of Keecker measures in at 16 inches wide and 25 inches tall, meaning it's not exactly compact (though the final production version of the robot will apparently be a bit smaller). Oh, also? Keecker's not going to be cheap.
Lebeau aims to make Keecker available later this year, at a target price of $4000-$5000. In other words, it won't exactly be a small investment. But hey - if you're in the market for a butler of any kind, I'll wager money's really no object, is it?