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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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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.


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