A robot that helps you lose weight? Is that Gillian McKeith, then?

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Tech Digest, featuring robots?! Never! The latest in our robotic obsessions is the Autom, which apparently helps people lose weight. I’ll take five!

Being described as a ‘weight maintenance sociable robot’ designed by the MIT Media Lab, it allows users to interact with the ‘bot through a touchpad, whilst it tracks your face and actually speaks to you. Here’s hoping it’s not programmed to say ‘you fat cow, lay off the Krispy Kremes already’. There’s a video over on their website which explains it more, but I’m not sure a cute little puppy-dog eyed robot could convince me to cut back on the Starbucks lattés. A £5,000 Marc Jacobs dress hanging in my wardrobe, one size too small, on the other hand…

MIT Media Lab (via Botjunkie)

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