Reeti: It's a robot, but we're not quite sure what it does yet (w/ video)

April 6, 2011 by Katie Gatto weblog

( -- Robots come in all shapes and sizes; from sets of blocks, to child sized humans, and then, there is this. At first, this reporter didn't know exactly how to classify Reeti. It isn't exactly human, but it isn't exactly a non-human. The real problem is that face, because humans tend to want to see faces as being human. The ears kind of remind me of Shrek, while the face looks surprisingly like a Snork.

The oddity of its aesthetics aside, Reeti is a that is designed to act as a kind of media center helper. His main goal is to act as an interface between your PC and your TV. So, if you want to watch a movie in your iTunes library, without being limited to the small screen, a bot like Reeti could help you out. Then again, so could a simple cable, and the cable won't set you back nearly as much cash. Reeti, when it goes on pre-order on an as yet undetermined date, will cost you about $7000, and that price could still go up.

Other than this, no one is exactly sure what Reeti does. Some have speculated that Reeti is, for the time being, mostly a blank platform that developers will be able to write apps for, a kind of like a robot app store, but to be honestly, this business model usually only works on devices that people already want to own for a built in feature, such as cell phones.

I will say this for the little guy (or girl?), it is packing some decent hardware. Each of the robots eyes have a HD camera, so he can see in 3D and recognize objects. It also has a speech synthesizer, that can allow it to read text back to you.

Reeti being made by Robopec, which is based in France.

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5 / 5 (2) Apr 06, 2011
Sigh, so close but so far...

Why not go all the way and make something humanoid, or at least make Johnny 5, for goodness sakes?

For $7000, the only people who will be able to buy this are the very wealthy, or universities and corporations who just want to experiment with it and try to learn new things about programming and designing robots.

That's a pretty short list compared to most consumer products, and means there's probably demand for only a few thousand to at most a million of these world wide.

I wish someone in the field would take a more practical/functional approach to robotics instead of the goofy "toys" we always see...
not rated yet Apr 06, 2011
I'd like to point out that they pretty much tried to design this as a product failure. For one, it's redundant by a $10 piece of equipment. two, it's design is ugly and disturbing. Three, where it would be useful in certain limited situations as explained by QC above, it is targeted at an area where a remote and some cables would do much better...
not rated yet Apr 06, 2011
looks like Mac and Me --that old alien movie -- Snork is a very old reference to a children's Saturday morning cartoon.
not rated yet Apr 06, 2011
Snorks were a Smurfs rip off if i recall, in the same way that Jabberjaw was a Scooby-do rip off. :)
1 / 5 (1) Apr 06, 2011
HD cameras in the eyes? It doesn't matter what they bill it as, it's going to be used to spy on people in their homes at some point.
not rated yet Apr 06, 2011
That thing would have given me nightmares when I was a kid...
not rated yet Apr 07, 2011
It has noisy motors, that would bug me.

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