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Philips's iCat Smart Companion does, uh, stuff

Ryan Block, @ryan


As fun as it would be to live in the future where everything is voice controlled all the time perfectly etc., sometimes we forget that it's really just easier to pick up a device and dial in a command. Tell that to Philips, though, whose Dimi and iCat Smart Companion uses "ambient intelligence" intended not only to make expressive facial movements at its user while speaking, but recognize facial expressions and gestures via its built in camera in order to assist in selecting television programming, music, making appointments, or whatever you program it to do on its Open Platform for Personal Robotics. It also looks completely ridiculous—sorry, but we had to throw that in there. (You know you were thinking the same thing.)

[Via The Reg]

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