Point laser, get beer

Simply tag something with a laser and El-E will go get it for you. We know this is for the disabled, but we can’t help but think of how nice it would be to have around the house. The system is programmed to recognize the illumination from a green laser and is constructed to be able to reach things from the floor as well as tables and shelves. I wonder if they have programmed El-E to go get the laser for you if you leave it somewhere, kind of like when you leave the TV remote across the room.

[via Gearlog]

Comments

  1. Michael says:

    2:43 in the video, you can see that the robot uses a mac mini. i guess it fits the form factor…

  2. benhoe says:

    I wonder how many times they pointed it at each other’s body parts…for reach purposes of course.

  3. msl says:

    This may be mean to disabled people, but what happens if they “do” program it to “go get the laser for you” and it malfunctions and tries to go get it when you actually have it? I can just see some disabled person, who is so crippled that they need this robot, fighting with it for the pointer.

  4. roosta says:

    hahhahhaha, thats a little harsh msi. funny, but still

  5. VonSkippy says:

    Me and my wife made one of those 5 years ago – and it responds to BOTH voice and finger pointing – she’s called Zurie.

  6. sidge says:

    vonskippy – where are the “how it was made” pictures on that?

  7. Del says:

    Around 1:50, when it’s picking up the phone, notice how the people in the background are moving really fast? That thing picks up stuff slower than my six-year-old cleaning up his toys!

  8. X says:

    Can it charge itself?
    what happens when the laser battery goes out?

  9. xdx says:

    Seriously, are they making these robots intentionally slow as hell? The thing spent the last two minutes of the first demonstration extending its arm for the operator.

  10. underdog says:

    Only useful for people who do not have Parkinsons (ex. Michael J. Fox). Can you imagine the little robot going all over the place cause the person can’t control the pointer?

  11. Toast says:

    I would like to know how inventors get the parts for things like this. Its not like they go out to lowes and pick up some pipe…

  12. Grovenstien says:

    Its a shame it will only work via line of sight!
    Where as the good old dog with fetch the paper from the letter box. Perhaps a robbo rex is required? Still a very impresive!

  13. Bogus says:

    So would that make the input/output program the EI-E I/O?

  14. Is there any information about this subject in other languages?

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