All kinds of awesome: Robot Baby Carriage

Photo of a device that looks like an infant car seat with a long rectangular base and a reclining back. A small steering wheel with buttons is mounted in front of where a child would sit.

Photo Copyright AVing Visual News.

The Indoor Robot Baby Carriage by BMGK Co., Ltd. of Korea is like a giant Roomba for your baby. Except, your Robot Baby Carriage doesn’t clean your carpets, it just sends your kid on a voyage around your living room.

The specs for this ride are pretty intense:

Another photo of the robot baby carriage, featuring a happy smiling baby.

As a cradle, it’s a reclining chair with a horizontal left-right sliding motion to lull your babe to sleep.

As a robot trolley, the chair moves freely about the room on its own. A built-in sensor stops the chair before it hits furniture and walls.

As a robot car, the chair has an accelerator pedal and steering wheel so your kid can drive wherever he wants (a suggested activity for older siblings). The darn chair still won’t bump into things though, so forget about buying several robot cars in hopes of charging neighborhood admission to your own indoor bumper car attraction.

The unit’s rechargeable battery runs for 6 hours on a 3 hour charge, which seems extraordinarily good insofar as baby robot car batteries go.

The chair features a removable anti-bacterial cover for easy clean-up after motion sickness incidents. The whole thing weighs 13kg (28.6 lbs) and costs a mere $780. That’s the single-unit sample price, presumably for an interested retailer. Bulk purchasing goes as low as $450 per unit if you buy a robot army of 1,000 or more.

What’s not clear to me is whether the robot is still being sold to retailers, or if it can be purchased from a retailer today. News of the robot baby carriage hit gadget blogs in June 2009 with a link to gitc21.net, a global marketing group containing product pages representing many companies.

Whereas, the photo I embedded above came from a Korean AVing Visual News article [translation] dated September, 2005. A request for information through the gitc21.net website yesterday didn’t merit a response (yet?), and the manufacturer’s listed website, www.bmgk.com, was unreachable yesterday and today.

Here’s to hoping an outfit like Posh Tots begins selling Robot Baby Carriages. The next thing you know, the rich and famous will have robots for their infants, thus fueling enough profits to fund research and development into a rugged all-wheel drive outdoor model featuring remote parental control and an optional iPod docking station. Sure, you could never afford such a luxury, but wouldn’t you sleep better at night knowing such a thing exists? I knew you would.

Comments

7 Responses to “All kinds of awesome: Robot Baby Carriage”

  1. Paul says:

    Perfect training for kids who might grow up to be Davros!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davros

    December 31st, 2009 at 6:27 am

  2. Penguinmommy says:

    I think combining this with a roomba is brilliant… great to teach infants to start doing chores right away. We could get one of these and then one of those mop onesies and leave all the floor cleaning up to babies!

    December 31st, 2009 at 10:31 am

  3. Deana says:

    Maybe one could just attach a couple of roombas to the bottom of a baby carrier and actually get the floors clean at the same time. ;)

    December 31st, 2009 at 10:48 am

  4. Delilah says:

    That’s just crazy, although I have to admit that I could have used when months ago when my son would not let me put him down and only wanted to be walked around the house for hours. It was exhausting!

    January 2nd, 2010 at 3:06 pm

  5. Allison says:

    @Paul….It made me think of this more then Davros

    http://therawfeed.com/pix/wall-e-fat-people-in-chairs.jpg

    January 4th, 2010 at 1:35 pm

  6. observer says:

    why, why , why??!!!???!? it is a silly idea…though it does look like fun. i think the inventor had too much time on his hands.

    January 5th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

  7. Beenyweeny says:

    This would have given me my sanity back when I had 3 kids under 3 that all wanted to be held ALL THE TIME! I would have bought this in an instant!

    January 6th, 2010 at 9:04 am

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