Sunday, 2 March 2014

Keecker: The Android robot built to entertain

A new state-of-the-art robot was being flaunted around at CES 2014 this past week, and the plaudits were seemingly well deserved.
Designed by Pierre Lebeau, a former product manager at Google, the device, known as ‘Keecker’, is an oval-shaped robot that moves in a similar fashion to smart vacuums, gliding along the floor following your every move.
But rather than clean, they project videos onto your walls to satisfy your mobile entertainment needs.
The Keecker is decked out with a 1280 x 800 resolution screen and 1,000-lumen brightness allowing for daytime viewing. Given that it runs on Android, it will effortlessly connect to Google Play, thus supporting apps such as Netflix and YouTube. The idea is that Keecker projects images onto not just particular parts of the wall, but the entire surface including ceilings.
If you’re wondering about sound quality, the device features an impressive 360-degree sound system thanks in part to six carefully located speakers. Users also have the option of using their Android smartphones or tablets in order to control Keecker for particular actions which include the ability to stream music. Another method of controlling Keecker is through voice commands, instructing the device to meet you at a specific point in the house.
Perhaps one of the most jaw-dropping features is the fact that Keecker will intelligently map its way around your house, storing and remembering your viewing / listening location preferences.
Unfortunately it doesn’t look as though these robots will become synonymous with households in 2014 as they are currently valued at a retail price somewhere between $4,000 and $5,000.
Nonetheless, this is one of the smartest devices running on Android to date, ensuring that there will never be another dull moment in the house again.

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