Microsoft spends over $9 billion on research and some of that money goes toward pretty cool things like putting Skype on wheels.
At its research lab in Redmond, Microsoft is working on a robot that will let you roam the room while on a videoconferencing call, controlled by you over the Internet. Using two cameras, a high-def display, this robot lets you control what you look at while on Skype, the Internet-calling service Microsoft acquired last year.
CNN has dubbed it the “robotic boss.” The cable network’s reporter seems to think managers will use it to hang with employees while they are really sprawled on a beach somewhere. We’re not so sure about that, but it does show what the next generation of videoconferencing could look like.
Here’s CNN’s video of the device.
These clever researchers have come up with other types of Skype robots, too, like one that can take play with your dog when you are at work. This pet robot lets you see and talk to your dog through Skype, throw a ball and even give a treat.