Check out this funky looking robot from Toshiba called ApriPoko.
This clever little robot weighs 5 lbs and measures 8 x 11 inches. ApriPoko learns how to operate various remote controls by watching and asking questions.
Set him up in your living room and when you use your TV remote he will ask you ‘What did you just do?”, you then tell the robot what you just did, for example “switched to channel 1”, the next time you want to switch to channel one, you just say the command and ApriPoko will change the channel for you.
ApriPoko can be programmed to work with any device with a remote control, so you could have him closing your electric curtains or dropping your projector screen from the ceiling all from voice commands.
I have to admit this is one of the coolest gadgets I have seen in a long time. Although the ApriPoko is only a prototype at the moment, lets hope he goes into production as I bet this would be a really popular gadget.
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