Wednesday October 8, 2003Looking for some entertaining, hassle free housemates whose personality you can program yourself? These interactive, remote controlled, multifunctional robots were designed and built by International Robotics and feature on-board computers that can be fully programmed for communication or automated "performance" sequences. The adult-sized pair are part of the 2003 Christmas Book from Dallas based specialty retailer Neiman Marcus. The "His" Robot is designed to respond empathetically to humans and features programmable technology that will help him evolve his personality to suit your preferences and input. The "Her" Robot has a multicolour moving message display that can be re-programmed from a laptop. These state of the art home Robots cost US$400,000 a pair. The 2003 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is full of fantastic wares, many of which rate as serious gizmos - visit www.neimanmarcus.com where the catalogue is available online or read more in Gizmo's email newsletter this week.
About the Author
Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.All articles by Mike Hanlon