Have you ever thought to yourself, “Man, this projector is pretty sweet, but I really wish it had wheels so it could follow me around and play YouTube videos on the empty walls of my apartment”?
Of course you haven’t. That’s a ridiculous thing to think to yourself. But guess what — somebody did think that, and that somebody was
crazy determined enough to actually follow through on this absurd idea and make it a reality. So now, after teasing the world with an early prototype back in January of this year, Pierre Labeau’s robotic butler/entertainment system known as Keecker has landed on Kickstarter.
The device is a bit of an oddity. Aesthetically, it looks like the misshapen egg that would be laid if R2D2 ever traveled back in time and impregnated a brontosaurus, and the functions it performs are pretty much what you’d expect from such an unholy union. In addition to a veritable boatload of sensor tech, Keecker is equipped with a self-adjusting HD projector and a 360-degree sound system under the hood, so it’s mostly intended for use as an entertainment hub. On top of that, the bot sports over a terabyte of local storage for movies, music, and games; and can also connect to the Internet to play content from websites and streaming services.
But it’s more than just an egg-shaped projector/media center. Keecker is also outfitted with a set of wheels, a camera, and special navigation software that allows it to follow you around the house. The idea is that, instead of you getting up and physically moving yourself to wherever your home theater might be, you can use your smartphone to summon Keecker to the spot you happen to be in. Lazy people, eat your heart out.
And it gets better too — Keecker can also function as an adorable little security system. Its camera, sensors, and network connectivity allow you to tap into the video feed from your smartphone, and drive the little bot around your house from anywhere in the world.
Sound like something you’d want in your house? Well start saving; this robotic butler doesn’t come cheap. If Keecker’s Kickstarter is successful, it’s expected to retail for around $5K — but can currently be locked down for about $3-4 thousand if you spring for one of the “early bird” backer rewards. The project has already gathered up $43K from 45 backers, and still has over a month to reach its $100K goal. Find out more here.