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Robots go botty
Toshiba ApriPoko Robot
As if you needed another reason never to leave the couch. This 28cm (just less than a foot) tall robot - which looks like the love child of a bird Pokemon and the Pillsbury Doughboy - is actually a voice-activated remote control that incorporates artificial intelligence.
If you pick up your TV's remote and start pressing buttons, ApriPoko will ask what you're doing and then memorise the IR codes associated with your actions. The next time around, you can just say "turn on the TV" and ApriPoko will take matters from there. That's the theory, anyway.
Availability: As yet, ApriPoko is nesting in Toshiba's research labs, awaiting its first solo flight