That’s right — you can ride a Segway AND have yourself a robot butler at the same time. Truly what dreams are made of.
The Ninebot takes the regular base of a Segway — a two-wheeled balancing scooter — but has the ability to turn into a robot butler when you’re not riding it. The robot, which has been developed by Intel, is self-balancing, has a screen for a head and responds to people, objects and voices. It can sense surroundings, recognise voices and can also perform a variety of other tasks.
With the help of a development package, you can programme the robot to follow you around, take and send video and images, as well as carrying bags — all accompanied by an admittedly adorable glowing face.
Developer packs will be available in the latter part of 2016, with a consumer version scheduled for a later release date.