Spyke was one of the hits of last year’s CES, being a spy robot capable of trundling around the house recording video and streaming it to you over Wi-Fi. Trouble is, he never actually went on sale – makers Erector and Meccano delayed him to get the technology just right. He’s due out in September or October this year now, and has acquired an extra ‘e’ (he’s now called Spykee).
Since I started this World Cup, Japanese scientists have probably invented about 76 new bots even more deadly / cool / ridiculous than the ones featured here. Ah well. No late entries or byes are permitted, even if someone creates a British TennisBot capable of winning Wimbledon. Which is frankly unlikely.
We first reported on Spyke in January when he was unveiled at CES. He’s a pint-sized robot with built-in Wi-Fi, a microphone and a video camera. The idea: he trundles around your home keeping an eye on things, and then feeds you live footage whenever you want to
spy on your family check everything’s secure.
Forget the football World Cup. It’s not as if England are ever going to win it again after all. No, the only World Cup worth caring about is Tech Digest’s Robot World Cup, where we’re pitching 64 of the planet’s best bots into a knockout competition to find out who’s best.
Stand by for a robo-splurge: I've been wandering the Sands Hall at CES, and there's all manner of robots hiding away in the corner. Starting with this Spyke spy-bot, which lurks in your home keeping beady eyes on what's going…