Looks like the folks behind the upcoming movie based loosely on Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot have a website up to promote the movie. Not that you could tell by looking at it that it’s for a movie as it’s designed to look like a promotional site for the upcoming introduction of personal robots.
It’s very slick and very well done and has a definite air of authenticity about it that makes you realize that such a site may not be too far off in the future. When you consider that Honda’s Asimo and Sony’s Qrio are both pushing the envelope closer and closer to robots as they are commonly depicted in sci-fi the possibility that we could soon be signing up to purchase our very own plastic pal to help us around the house may be closer than you might think. Electronics and computers continue to advance at a breakneck pace and Sony just announced they’ve got a new version of Qrio that is the first robot that can run* like a human being. The trick was in figuring out how to get the robot to be able to have both feet off the ground at the same time which is necessary for running to be possible. Perhaps I’ll be able to buy a personal robot within my lifetime.
*OK, it’s more like jogging than running, but it’s still a major accomplishment.