Jan 162014
 

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If the French team behind the robot can deliver on their promises, Keecker will please both audiophiles and internet of things junkies.

We love our screens. Many people have TVs in multiple rooms in their homes, prop their tablet up in the kitchen when they cook and tap away at their smartphone screen when they are in the bathroom. We like being able to access content at all times and go to great lengths to make it available to ourselves.

Keecker, a mobile robot revealed for the first time today, is meant to remove the limits on where and how we access that content. The microwave-sized robot is equipped with a projector that allows it to display images on any surface, plus six respectable speakers that project sound in 360 degrees.

Keecker founder and CEO Pierre Lebeau, a former Google product manager based out of Paris, said that the idea for Keecker came to him all at once one day when he was riding his motorbike.

“In 20 seconds, everything made sense,” Lebeau said.

With a team of five people, he built Keecker to fulfill his own entertainment wishes, plus create a totally new platform for home interaction. He wanted it to be not “a black box,” but something that could stylishly blend into any room in the home.

The prototype that visited the Gigaom office last week was certainly beautiful. Velvety to the touch, it resembled a large, pillowy egg with clean black and white lines. Its projector was broken after the long flight from France, but it still put out good sound that did indeed sound three dimensional. It moved at a sluggish pace as Lebeau piloted it from an app.

He said the robot will go through a Kickstarter campaign before shipping to buyers by the end of 2014. He said that the finished product will be smaller, lighter and, quite seriously, perfect. It will retail for $4,000 to $5,000.

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