By Andrew Liszewski
The only thing better than having your own robot servant is having a robot servant you can actually ride. RINGBO is kind of a hybrid between the Radio Shack bots of yesteryear, and those electric carts used by the elderly and disabled. Unfortunately it’s specifically designed for kids aged 2-3, so if you’re thinking it would make those long walks to the copy machine at work a bit more bearable, be aware that it has a 66 pound weight limit. RINGBO is controlled via a pair of joysticks mounted on its head, and also features what I assume to be a touch-screen LCD. What it’s used for though, I have no idea. On a 6-8 hour charge your kid can spend an hour crashing into furniture and terrorizing the family pets, since I’m pretty sure they aren’t protected under Asimov’s 3 Laws of Robotics.
If you happen to be in New York on May 14 or 15 you can check out RINGBO in person at the Koreannovation Trade Show.