Is This Video A Preview of Apple’s New Robot? I’ve Got Exclusive Info!

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I love a good mystery, especially when I already know the answer. Early this week someone sent Sanford Dickert a grainy video of a sleek looking robot rolling towards the camera. He ran that video on his Pilot Presence blog with the title: "Is Apple Building Robots Now?" A few other blogs picked up the idea. Well Sanford, to answer your question: that machine isn't from Apple, but I have heard it described as the "iPhone of personal robots". Not simply because it shares an appealing aesthetic sense, but because telepresence will be among its first killer applications (hence the video being sent to a blog that discusses TP). I'm dying to tell you all about that device, its developer(s), and its potential to rock the robotics world...but the startup behind this robot wants to keep this under wraps for now.  I'm hoping that they will let me unleash the full details soon. In the meantime, check out the mysterious video below to catch a glimpse at a device that could revolutionize personal robotics. I've been in contact with the robot's creator(s) and while this video wasn't released at their request, they've decided to make the most of it and let me share a little bit of what I know. Read more after the break.

16 seconds of grainy footage isn't a lot to base an opinion on, luckily I already saw full sketches and artist renderings of this device months ago. It's amazing how close this rolling prototype is to the original designs I saw. There are things that you can't see in the video that make this robot much more appealing, but (and I apologize again here )I can't share definitive specifications about its hardware and operating systems. However, there are some broad strokes I can paint as to what you should expect:

  • it will be a personal robot that consumers can afford
  • it will have a great personality that you'll love to be around
  • it will have modular upgrades to both its hardware and software
  • at least one of its killer applications will be telepresence (infer what you want from that!)
  • its similarities to iOS and Android platforms is more than just a slick shell
  • its creator(s)/developer(s) have the experience and financial leverage they need to make this robot commercially available in the near term on a larger scale
  • it will (hopefully) arrive sooner rather than later

...that's all folks!

Hopefully I'll be able to share more with you very soon. Sorry for the premature post, but I had to let you know that the video was NOT of an Apple robot.

There's no guarantees that the prototype you see in the video will actually fulfill all the phenomenal plans its developer(s) have for it...but trust me, these guys are reaching for the moon.

Discussion — 11 Responses

  • Joey1058 March 24, 2011 on 6:52 am

    Oh, sure. Just dangle a carrot in front of the horse, and tell him he can’t have it, why don’t you? 🙂

  • Automaticas March 24, 2011 on 7:18 am

    Thanks for sharing what you could, Keith. Can’t wait to hear more!

  • Sanford Dickert March 24, 2011 on 12:41 pm

    Aaron – thanks for the additional detail – I will get on this finding more out. Unless you want to share who they are?

  • Jeremylowell March 24, 2011 on 3:56 pm

    Hmm – I didn’t expect personal robots to enter the mainstream soon. Looks like the revolution is happening quick!

  • Ryan March 24, 2011 on 4:38 pm

    The Segway of Robots (I hope not)

  • USofMH March 24, 2011 on 6:08 pm

    This is probably just a screenshot of “Serge” from Season 1 of Caprica. Not that I won’t be the first to buy one if I’m proven wrong 🙂

  • hot tubs March 25, 2011 on 2:33 pm

    This robot is unique, the strokes are good, but how can you get this video if it is exclusive? Anyway, this blog is interesting and I am looking forward for more updates about this robot.

  • iMferpect March 25, 2011 on 3:54 pm

    I’m guessing iRobot.

    • iMferpect iMferpect March 25, 2011 on 4:28 pm

      guess Not – just noticed the part where it says it’s a startup…

  • Guest March 25, 2011 on 4:58 pm

    why does everything have to be about Apple?

  • brightgeist March 25, 2011 on 6:14 pm

    isn’t that from CAPRICA?