The Asus Eee Bot: An Android Android

Posted: Dec 17 2009, 11:46am CST | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 7:59am CDT, in Rumors | Rumors

 
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Either the Robocalypse is about to begin, or children around the world are about to gain a magical new toy. Right now, I'd say there's an even 50/50 shot at either. Anyway, Asus is building a robot. A real robot, not one of those crappy battery powered toys with three pre-set phrases and a foam missile launcher. Phandroid reports that the Eee PC-maker will call their new machine the Eee Bot, and that this new robo-man will run the Android OS. Aside from being meta as hell, Asus's goals are to "build an affordable robot able to interact with children" that includes "human robot interaction, voice and visual technologies, positioning and navigation, and more". There will be a software store and additional peripheral releases in order to defray the expense of building the Eee Bot. Unfortunately, our dreams of having a robot best friend ala Iron Giant will have to wait a bit longer. Asus is just in the conceptual stages of designing this product. At the very least, we're told it will take 2 years to see anything substantial. I think I can wait two years for a mechanical sidekick. How about you?

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