Robot-Ubiquitous Computing convergence/boundary objects
Talking about the convergence between robots and ubiquitous computing artifacts, I started to list some of the projects that reflect this trend. I know some aspects of certain are not robots or ubicomp but still. Maybe they are sort of boundary objects that we don't name yet: Nabaztag by Violet, the famous Wi-Fi enabled rabbit that "connect to the Internet, send and receive MP3s and messages that are read out loud as well as perform the following services (by either speaking the information out loud or using indicative lights): weather forecast, stock market report, news headlines, alarm clock, e-mail alerts, and others" (Source: Wikipedia).
Chapit by Raytron: "a small new robot named Chapit which is an "intelligent" companion helping you for some basic tasks like turning the light on or turning on electric or electronic devices (...) one of the biggest advantages of the Chapit is the capacity to recognize a man, woman or child without any programmation. The base model comes with a vocabulary of about 100 words only but it is possible to teach it up to 10.000. It also features an internet connection allowing distant control"
Netoy by izi robotics: "Netoy. Netoy is an 802.11g-compatible device with a small 1.8-inch screen. He can display music track information, read news, weather, e-books arms and being an overall general nuisance all while flailing its arms"
Chumby by chumby industries: " a compact device that displays useful and entertaining information from the web: news, photos, music, celebrity gossip, weather, box scores, blogs — using your wireless internet connection".
(to be completed!)