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Origibot: the robot butler that can fetch you food from the fridge


Come, robo slave

Robot butlers just shuffled a step closer to reality, and offered you a beer. Origibot has an arm with a gripper action, so it can pick up and bring you things. Including beer.

It's built to help those less able to move. Connect to it using your Android, iOS or Windows smartphone, or using your PC, and you can drive it around and make it grab things. It also gives you two-way audio and video, so you can see where you're going, and tell people to get our of your way.

Or you could strike up a conversation with anyone you meet on your travels. Either is good.

Using the arm and gripper you can open doors, pick things up and put them down, and even fill a glass from a water machine. The gripper opens to 7.8cm, which is wide enough to accommodate cans, bottles and cups.

Its tablet mount fits any Android device up to 10 inches, on which you can project your face. So anyone who sees a robot trundling around the house will know who's piloting it.

You control it using the on-screen joystick, plus slider controls for the neck, arm, wrist and gripper. It's like playing a video game.

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It's fully hackable too, so you can input your own commands and tweak the parameters. Plus the spec for its 3D-printed components will be available to download, so you can make your own parts for repairs or replacements.

It's a third of the way to its $18,000 funding goal, with 38 days left. It will retail for $899 (£585). All being well, it should ship in August.

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