In Brief

This tiny bot could be what takes consumer home automation to the next level

A new “Star Wars-esque” house robot could change how we use our phones to do things. It’s called Robit. This little guy could help us accomplish simple tasks by extending what your phone can do.

“We thought we’ll take the mobile phone, give it wheels, make it open source and release it to the world,” Robit founder Shlomo Schwarcz told PSFK. Giving consumers and developers an added layer of functionality, it extends the reach of a smartphone. Schwarcz added: “Home robots have generally been positioned as ‘companion devices’ or ‘friends of the family.’ Our goal was to create a robot that actually made life easier for its owners.” The company’s founders realized that people don’t want a friend from a robot. People want a robot to do simple tasks.

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