Ok, I tried to ignore this post from DVice, until I saw that tech blogs I follow are now giving it the limelight it deserves (?). I think it’s not a big “thing” but after pondering my thoughts a bit, hey this might really have some relevance in the world geeks live in. Answer me this question, sure geeks and books are closely knit… “but do you still find geeks in the physical library?” and “do they need a ‘gadget’ to follow them around?”.
I’m answering a big fat “YES!”.
Geeks still do the library route, and when they do, they need that first class seat that shouts “Geek’s ass here!” (pun intended).
It’s a robot chair designed to follow his geek highness around the library, able to offer it’s soft leathery self to that oh so precious geek. It was designed by Dutch designer Jelte van Geest for Openbare Bibliotheek Endhoven, a library design project. One of its noble tasks is to offer the world a “kind”, “soft” and “real application” robot.
How does it work? You get a sim card from the librarian, tap it over the square panel located at the front of the seat and away it goes following you… IR technology (I’m guessing)… or possibly blue tooth or RF? Whatever it is, I think this is a cool machine!
View how it works here.