Wednesday, March 26, 2008

ApriPoko, Toshiba's channel surfing helper-bot

Finally, a robot that "gets" us. Researchers at Toshiba
in Japan have created a talking bot that can be used as a
voice-activated universal remote in addition to formulating plots about
terminating humans. The 5-pound, 11-inch-tall android is called
ApriPoko, and is capable of learning how to control electronics by
watching you and asking questions about your behavior. When you use an
infrared device, the robot senses the signal and asks the user "What
did you just do?" If you say something akin to "I turned on the TV," it
will commit the command to memory, and you can operate those functions
by voice. Apparently, the little guy is still in the R&D stages,
but there are plans to turn this technology into a consumer device.

Article Link (Engadget)

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