RoboFerg

I had this idea (as far back as 5th grade, I think), of building a robot to go to school for me. I would be at the other end controlling it and thus would never have to get out of bed. It really was just a ploy to not have to go to school.

Well, someone has actually done it. Although instead of not going to school, they’re not going to work.

From news.therecord.com:

It’s not that Bowman doesn’t have hands or a mouth; they’re just in Halifax, along with the rest of his body.

In fact, it’s not really Bowman in the Waterloo office at all. It’s IvanAnywhere, a robot Bowman uses to interact with his colleagues in Waterloo from his home office 1,350 kilometres away.

“Robot” is a bit of a stretch, actually. IvanAnywhere is basically a coat rack on wheels with attached speakers, camera and touch-screen computer.

The computer screen displays a live shot of Bowman’s face from his living room in Nova Scotia.

via MAKE

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