Thursday, December 31st, 2009
All kinds of awesome: Robot Baby Carriage
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:
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.