Thursday, June 30, 2005

This is not your uncle Bob's PC case!

This is a barebone iDeskoid. To cut development cost,I have utilized robotic parts taken from Evolution Robotic's ER1 kit. A Mini ITX motherboard can be mounted some where inside the bottom clear case, just like many other PC based robot.

As you can see, the upper table-case can be used as a stowage for all kinds of peripherals, USB or Firewire related. The height can also be automatically adjusted with a simple remote control.

Just like the ER1, iDeskoid can also be used with a laptop. Thus, iDeskoid can be consider as a robotic docking station. With iDeskoid, your laptop can now walk and chew gum at the same time. Personally, I believe iDeskoid makes a decent "ER3". Unfortunately, this suggestion failed to entice any decision makers at Evolution Robotic.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

I have the actual "working" prototype in my possession. The edges aren't rough, but there are countless issues to smooth out. I have shown the picture of it to a "trusted" few. But, some of them innocently mistaken me as a "robot salesman". I am not a robot salesman per se. I am only a concept promoter of "robotic PC" or more precisely, my "salesmanship" for lack of better words, only pertains to the iDeskoid version. Some of the functions and features of robotic features are still rather vague. At this moment in time, selling iDeskoid robot door to door would probably be the least enjoyable job in the world. Since the prototype is ready for the show, the moment of truth is palpitating. Within less than 10 hours, I will be meeting a prominent Aluminum based PC case maker in Taiwan. Hope for the best, but expect the worst. Such a cliche that always comes in handy.