If you’re feeling a little lonely, the new Joebot robot just might do the trick. Described as an “interactive buddy,” the Joebot will walk, talk, and even beatbox. You tap out a beat, and Joebot will repeat it while busting some serious moves. The unit’s voice command feature enables it to recognize and respond to specific preprogrammed phrases (fortunately, this version of the robot is not programmed to issue commands that you might recognize and respond to).
Joebot’s best feature, though, may be its Battle Mode. When you activate this mode, the little mechanical dude will wander around and shoot at things with its hand weapons. If you feel feisty, you can challenge Joebot to a duel by aiming a TV remote its way; the easily riled automaton will respond to the remote’s infrared provocation by attempting to duke it out with you.
Oh, and as you goad Joebot into a flurry of fisticuffs, take a moment to consider whether your idea of fun and the fact that you were feeling lonely a minute ago might be related.
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