The rise of the machines is upon us – the robots are invading our homes.
If robot vacuum cleaners are a little too limited for you, Keecker may be more your sort of thing. The brainchild of former Google product manager Pierre Lebeau, it's a do-everything robot that packs a 1200x800 projector with 1000-lumen brightness, 360-degree sound with six speakers, and 1TB of onboard storage.
Keecker is controlled by an Android or iOS app, and runs Android with access to Google Play. That means you'll be able to stream Netflix and YouTube video and project it on any wall in the house.
The bot can also be used to monitor the temperature, humidity, sound level, light level and CO2 level in your house, and is kitted out with a camera for video calls and checking in on your home remotely.
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We took a look at Keecker at CES 2014, and while it's an interesting idea, it also seems to be a niche one for the time being. Few people are likely to have the luxury of a house with multiple walls that'll support a projected image – and those that can afford one will probably want a higher-res projector.
Keecker's also quite bulky, at 16in wide and 25in tall, though the final production version will reportedly be smaller.
Still, it's an interesting step toward making household robots a reality. If you want a robot butler of your very own, Keecker will be available later this year, with a target price of US$4000-US$5000.
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