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Keecker Robot Hits Kickstarter

The Keeker robot might look like a space heater, but inside the white dome is a host of entertainment equipment. Photo courtesy of Keeker.
The Keecker robot might look like a space heater, but inside the white dome is a host of entertainment equipment. Photo courtesy of Keecker.

Deeply discounted Keecker robots were offered up today on Kickstarter, as the company tried to raise funds to support the project. Twenty “super early birds” paid just $1,990 for the robot, which will later sell for more than twice that price.

Billed as a home entertainment and security robot, Keecker is designed to create immersive experiences for users at home. That might involve waking up to a beach scene projected on the ceiling, or providing mood lighting and music for a romantic dinner at home. It’s all up to the user, who controls the robot via Keecker’s iOS, Android, or mobile Web apps. The robot is designed to replace a myriad of wired devices in the home — including televisions and stereo systems — by turning any wall into a projection screen, and any room into a concert hall. You can even use it to project a Web browser and surf the Internet by consensus. (If you thought picking a TV show with your kids was hard, just wait until you get to share a Web browser with your whole family!)

According to the Parisian company, as Keecker rolls around the house, it also can also act as a “360° audio and video capture system,” which sounds both intriguing and terrifying. Keecker also features an array of environmental sensors, allowing users to check the temperature, humidity, or sound levels.

Note, however, that this wheeled robot looks ill-equipped to handle stairs. So if you really want to live the Keecker lifestyle, you might need to commit to a bungalow.

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