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  (Source: The Daily Mail)
Four-foot AI programmed to mimic human characteristics; can snore, tell jokes, laugh.

It's called "Aimec", short for Artificially Intelligent Mechanical Electronic Companion 3, and it is the invention of Tony and Judie Ellis.  According to the Daily Mail, the couple from South-East England run a toy development and invention company out of their home called "Conceptioneering".  

Before creating Aimec, they earned their fortune developing the game "Cube World". "Cube World made me," said former electrician and electronic engineer Tony Ellis.  "I could retire on the royalties now. But it has freed me up to concentrate on my real hobby, which is robots."

Aimec is a one-eyed, four-foot, plastic robot that utilizes voice recognition and moves around on wheels.  To maneuver through the house, Aimec follows someone or accesses an internal map of the home.

Aimec has been programmed to snore while sleeping, and stretch when it awakes.  It impersonates the voice of C-3PO from Star Wars, connects to household appliances to help out with housework, laughs, jokes, and even surfs the internet.  

Ellis, who built a career working on car alarms, airplane technology, and early GPS systems believes that in 10 years, every home will have a robot to help mow the lawn, cook, and clean house.

"The amazing thing is that most of the technology is already here," adds Ellis.

Ellis states that the processing power for his Aimec invention can all be found within the average laptop.

"One thing is for sure - robots will be huge.  We are at the same stage as computers in the 1980s, when everyone was saying they would never take off. We are just on the cusp. I can see it as clear as day."

After more tinkering, the couple plans to market Aimec as the first commercially available home robot.  They expect that it could sell for about $300 dollars.

According to their Conceptioneering website, the couple also specializes in creating game concepts for companies like Wesco, Radica and Mattel.  They utilize microcontrollers, sound controllers, and VR controllers for products like TalkPro, SkipMates, Bin Buddies and Chalkie Talkie.


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Plain as day
By Suntan on 8/16/2010 2:36:06 PM , Rating: 3
I’d personally prefer to have my promised flying car before my promised robot.


RE: Plain as day
By Smartless on 8/16/2010 2:49:13 PM , Rating: 2
True, or at least the Audi that Will Smith drove in iRobot.

RE: Plain as day
By fteoath64 on 8/17/2010 1:05:33 PM , Rating: 2
The Audi R8 comes close but you cannot afford it, can you ?.

A $300 robot toy most can afford but it does not do much and will fall over and cannot get up !.

RE: Plain as day
By theapparition on 8/16/2010 4:26:54 PM , Rating: 4

I want my nuclear powered flying car and my household robots that clean my Lunar apartment while I'm away vacationing on Mars.

Sad that even the best visionaries in history didn't see civilization stagnating under the weight of celebrity gossip and reality TV. About the only major sci-fi advancement in the last few decades has been cell phones that Capt Kirk would have drooled over.

RE: Plain as day
By Chudilo on 8/16/2010 4:38:46 PM , Rating: 2
You can add the poor state of education (starting at no child left behid) , the rise of the hip-hop culture, the end of the cold war (reason for global technological competition(rather then corporate)) and the corporatisation of the government to that.

RE: Plain as day
By Suntan on 8/17/2010 8:39:17 AM , Rating: 4
I think you can start a lot further back than “No Child Left Behind.”


RE: Plain as day
By Zaranthos on 8/17/2010 7:00:52 PM , Rating: 2
Only about 20 years back. Maybe around the time the Department of Education and teachers unions were started. Around the time Jimmy Carter was president I think.

So he was close. ;)

RE: Plain as day
By deputc26 on 8/16/2010 6:58:59 PM , Rating: 2
Won't happen, the ATC system won't be able to handle them for another 30 years minimum.

By umop apisdn on 8/16/2010 2:48:40 PM , Rating: 5
It impersonates the voice of C-3PO from Star Wars

At this very moment in a galaxy far, far away, George Lucas's legal team arises.

RE: rut-roh
By Suntan on 8/16/2010 3:13:53 PM , Rating: 2
I get the mental image of that thing living under Jabba’s throne coming out from the darkness as the iron gate lifts up...


RE: rut-roh
By theapparition on 8/16/2010 4:22:04 PM , Rating: 2
That would be the Rancor.

RE: rut-roh
By borismkv on 8/16/2010 4:24:59 PM , Rating: 4
I thought it was Lucas's unquenchable Ego...

RE: rut-roh
By spread on 8/16/2010 11:56:25 PM , Rating: 4
They look the same, it's easy to get them mixed up.

RE: rut-roh
By edge929 on 8/16/2010 4:57:35 PM , Rating: 3
A better way to say that:

George Lucas's legal team feels a disturbance in the force...

By ZachDontScare on 8/16/2010 2:46:13 PM , Rating: 3
I bet that sucker could be programmed to operate a firearm.

RE: Security
By ChugokuOtaku on 8/16/2010 2:55:39 PM , Rating: 3
or even better, fitted with one of those new lightsaber looking weapons

RE: Security
By UnauthorisedAccess on 8/16/2010 7:03:05 PM , Rating: 3
"Honey, I'm home...oh hello Robot friend, how was ARGHHHHHHH MY EYES!!! "

It's a one-eyed, four-foot, plastic
By Jason H on 8/16/2010 5:14:57 PM , Rating: 3
purple people eater!

By chagrinnin on 8/16/2010 7:46:02 PM , Rating: 2
...three foot tall,...has no teeth,...and a flat head so you have a place to set your beer, uhhh...will that be an accessory? :P

By DXRick on 8/17/2010 12:48:29 PM , Rating: 2
When I saw the title, I was thinking of a fully functioning female sex toy! (yes, I am sick)

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