July 20, 2005
But Will it Fetch a Beer?

House getting too complicated? Gadget frenzy left you with more buttons than four hands worth of fingers could push? Wouldn't know a manual from a hole in the ground even if it walked up and bit you on the butt? Have we got a gizmo for you:

A new tabletop robot will soon help consumers remotely control all of their home electronic equipment, from the Internet to MP3 players.

Philips, known mostly for electronics and audio components, has developed a tabletop robot meant to serve as an intermediary device between the user and an array of electronic gadgets.

Which of course begs the question, if you're too dumb to use all the gizmos in your house, how could you possibly be smart enough to program a robot to do it for you?

Ron gets a mechanized no prize for bringing us a look at yet another entry in the "useless expensive coat hanger" category.

Posted by scott at July 20, 2005 10:39 AM

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Actually, I can see three categories of folks buying this:

1 - Those who buy every new piece of technology and feel the need to brag to their friends, coworkers, random street bums, and everyone else they know about it.
2 - Those who are just too damn lazy to actually get up and find a remote.
3 - Folks who think it will help them, but will end up never being able to program it and who'll use it as a hat rack/cat toy.

Personally, I think I'm a combo 1-2 here. I do like my new toys and, as Amber will point out, I'm a bit lazy and would love to just be able to order something around.

Posted by: ronaprhys on July 20, 2005 11:09 AM
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