Can't make a meeting? Just send in your robotic co-worker
Fed up with attending endless meetings when you'd much rather be at home? Step forward the QB from Anybots - a robot who can go to the office for you.
Developed by Bob Christopher, the brainchild behind the Pleo dinosaurs, the cute looking robot is essentially a teleconferencing system on wheels. This means your mechanical representative is far more flexible - moving between rooms or even down to the factory floor.
The robot can alter its height from 3ft to 5.7ft and weighs 2.5st, with a main computer and several mini-computers on board. It has an LCD monitor mounted on its head which feeds a webcam image of the telecommuter.
It "sees" via a 5MP video camera in one eye, and a lower resolution camera on the head that points downwards. It "hears" via three microphones that feed audio to the telecommuter, and has high-quality speakers for audio in the other direction.
This information is then transmitted to the remote user via a web browser, who can direct the robot with simple keyboard commands. QB is self-balancing and rolls around on two aluminium and rubber wheels at human walking speed. "T0he QB is an extension of you,"Mr Christopher told Wired.com.
"t removes the barriers between people and work so people can teleport themselves to the office space." The robot will cost £10,500 and will be available from this autumn.