Video: Anybots Robot Orders Scone at Palo Alto Coffeeshop

The long-gestating Anybots telepresence robot finally started shipping this month, and now we can see it out and about in … Continued

The long-gestating Anybots telepresence robot finally started shipping this month, and now we can see it out and about in the wild–“the wild” in this case referring to a coffeeshop in Palo Alto, California.

Anybots, which we previewed in a very different form more than a year ago, has evolved into a stick-thin telepresence system on wheels, looking something like an anemic Segway with a head. That head consists of two cameras (the “eyes”) and a fedora-looking top piece that houses a video screen. It enables the user to sit in presumably slouched comfort on a couch while using software to control the robot. The user can issue commands by simply speaking, as this user does while trying to secure some scones.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mz4FshiMu3U

The robot itself isn’t really designed for shopping trips, as you can see by its lack of arms and ability to carry only very small loads (like, say, a breakfast pastry)–this one in particular is forced to use a hobo-like bindle. It also doesn’t have any kind of e-commerce system like NFC, which would allow it to forgo the awkward, ambiance-killing need to tuck cash (cash! What year is this?) in its helmet for payment. Still, this is a whole new world for incredibly lazy people as well as legitimate teleconferencers, especially now that it’s scone-compatible.

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