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Date: 04/01/08 12:10 AM

35 Responses to ApriPoco the Butler Robot

  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2008 at 6:57 pm
    Link: ApriPoco the Butler Robot - Toshiba`s prototype robot, ApriPoco, controls home electronics. It learns from users and then can act on their command.
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    simcon Male 13-17
    254 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 12:17 am
    Cool, cant wait till its released with the speech recognition inside of it instead of on a laptop.

    Voice Command FTW!

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    hyeonkim0805 Male 18-29
    667 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 12:21 am
    Pretty cool~ but I find pushing a button easier than saying the whole command, IMAO.
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    MadP Female 18-29
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    April 1, 2008 at 12:22 am
    That`s some reall cool AI...soon our Robot Overlords will have no use for all of us little helpless organ sacks...
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    MadP Female 18-29
    332 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 12:23 am
    Also, when I read butler I was thinking Asimov meets Mr. Belvedere...this is less functional but much cuter.
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    Shellie84 Female 18-29
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    April 1, 2008 at 12:32 am
    If D-Day came and it was like the terminator, but these little guys taking over... I wouldn`t mind so much
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    Custardface Male 13-17
    94 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 12:53 am
    it`s a cute little thing
  8. Profile photo of Groogle
    Groogle Male 30-39
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    April 1, 2008 at 12:54 am
    I found three mistakes.

    1) Wires on something that is suposed to act as a remote control.
    2) I dont want to negotiate with my remote.
    3) Toshiba.

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    staberind Female 18-29
    731 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 1:00 am
    Ummm, how about just cutting out the and having your computer do the same?
  10. Profile photo of Groogle
    Groogle Male 30-39
    2173 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 1:03 am
    Shellie84, they are equiped with plasma 9000-axis lasers vision in their red eyes. Be careful.
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    Kisato Female 18-29
    695 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 1:21 am
    Aaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwww Adorable! I want one just cause it looks like a fat beakless bird thing.
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    vilem Male 18-29
    372 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 1:30 am
    I dono...Looks like you have to get right up in its face to command it..which...requires moving and therefore a remote seems more useful. Am i wrong?
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    Sistarose Female 30-39
    373 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 1:32 am
    So adorable, I so want one, will love it and pet it and forget about it, cause I am guessing, having it asking you about every time you use a remote could get a lil tired. But damn it, I still want one.
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    BikerTeen Male 13-17
    2113 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 1:45 am
    very cool and very cute
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    luckyguy2086 Male 18-29
    196 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 1:53 am
    April Fools...
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    richoricho Male 40-49
    1038 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 1:57 am
    Give me the paranoid android anyday.
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    Mirnakesh Male 18-29
    60 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 2:51 am
    The little by little learning would cause me to smash the stupid thing about the fourth time it asks what I`m doing. Also it takes a fracton of a second to press a button on the remote to change the TV vs however long it would take to say "change tv to channel # whatever". Finally everything that needs a remote, comes with one "free".
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    Matwix_2004 Male 18-29
    2554 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 3:28 am
    Groogle - you wouldn`t negotiate with it, you would just tell it what to do.
    And you dislike the product because of its manufacturer? That`s pretty low, isn`t it? Wait...this is the internet, what am I thinking?

    Mirnakesh - I assume you`d just have to say "Change to channel no x" or if you like are always on a channel, set it to default or remember its name. Either way.

    And these things can`t take over the world. Silly peoples.

    Although, you have to admit, these are less annoying than the paper clip on ms word, right?

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    Anisirion Male 18-29
    82 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 3:31 am
    Looks like an april fools
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    5577 Male 13-17
    519 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 3:56 am
    I hope it isn`t April Fools.

    Funny to think how fast our technology is evolving, I`ve only just figured out how to turn on the TV.

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    misstakenID Female 18-29
    98 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 5:30 am
    I`m thinking its fake. I mean it almost has April in its name. April fools.
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    bionicRod Male 30-39
    1014 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 5:32 am
    Reading post after post on thread after thread, it becomes clear that some of you are obsessed with April Fool`s Day. Not everything posted today is going to be a joke. The guy had sex with a picnic table and a sea turtle can turn your tv on and off. Deal with it.
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    Careen21 Female 18-29
    26 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 6:21 am
    Nah. I don`t buy it.
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    slate Male 13-17
    174 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 8:19 am
    i cant belive so many fell for this

    luk at the f*in name - apri (sound like april? - poco - (means first!)

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    flamingbambi Female 13-17
    235 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 9:25 am
    april fool or not....i want one, just cos it`s so friggin` cute.
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    duckinfuh Male 18-29
    891 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 10:59 am
    i am skeptical of everything i see on the internet on april 1st, but with that said - i want one! it`s like most things made by apple: its all around pretty worthless, and probably quite expensive, but you would just look so darn cool with one.
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    dover19 Male 18-29
    47 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 11:09 am
    doesn`t poco mean "little" and not "first"
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    grimm-mii Female 13-17
    13 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 12:35 pm
    so many people think that its fake lol

    if it is fake im going to be pissed because i think i`ve already fallen in love with it lol.

    does anyone rememebr a video on here from quite a while back, where a guy was walking around japan with a yellow chicken-like thing that danced on top of a black box? it reminds me of that..

    i want a yellow dancy thingie too =D lol

  29. Profile photo of Deadman3215
    Deadman3215 Male 18-29
    536 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 1:27 pm
    MadP, that`s not even close to A.I....

    Cool idea but could use some work. For example, it says it can be used to change your channels but from the way it`s programmed switching to channels with 2 digits might get complicated. There is no signal for 50 or 15 or whatever, you press 5-0 on your remote then binary signals are flashed via infrared to your TVs IR receiver which says "Ok a 5 and a 0, 50."

    Also the robot thing is cute, however, Americans aren`t really into the same goofy things Japanese people are into. So a simple microphone + the hardware in a nice square box would do the trick nicely...

    And of course, ENGLISH.

    Omo Arigato, Mr. Roboto.

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    Deadman3215 Male 18-29
    536 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 1:30 pm
    And Slate, should it be an April fools joke, it isn`t much of one... That technology is very conceivable. A robot that will do all your housework while you`re at work called Apripoco would be a prank/joke. Not something that is not so unachievable.
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    VikingGuy Male 18-29
    2160 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 1:57 pm
    cool...but i dont use remotes much if at all,now if it could make coffee or feed my cat...
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    ParanoiDroid Female 13-17
    44 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 6:22 pm
    aww thanks, richoricho.

    this thing is plenty cute, but seems a bit... inconvenient.

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    vancouverite Female 18-29
    250 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 8:06 pm
    i want one
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    BigWaFuu Male 18-29
    1163 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 10:44 pm
    Of course, since it`s Japan, it either has to be unbelieva-drating-bly adorable or a woman.

    Why can`t it just be a box that learns your voice commands and perhaps has a Hal-voice? They`re wasting money and time on poo like moving and robotic-animations for no reason

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    Mr_Hym Male 18-29
    208 posts
    June 24, 2008 at 11:53 am
    I can see a lot of problems with the speech recognition: "Turn of the lamp"
    "Cut the power supply?"

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