AIMEC the Little Robot that Could

AIMEC. So its eyes are a little uneven (one is round, the other is rectangular), with a singing voice that sounds more like its coming from below the grave than from the glowing lines of its mouth, but unlike a lot of its more humanly companions, He can remember what kind of music you like and make recommendations based on your preferences. It can also take note of your television habits and remind you when a TV program you like is about to air. It can even quote Marvin (the depressed robot from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)’s famous line, “Life? Don’t talk to me about life.” Except that he does so in song.

The four-foot robot companion Aimec (Artificially Intelligent Mechanical Electronic Companion 3), was born from the mind and hands of Tony Ellis and his wife, a childless couple from England. This robot is called a robot child in some articles, which suggests that the Ellis couple built him in place of a real one. It sounds creepy, but in many ways (mostly in the chores department), the robot does seem more preferable. According to The Daily Mail, Tony Ellis and his wife, Judie, don't have any human kids or living pets, but they do operate a toy robotics company called Conceptioneering, and so the robot was conceived.

A.I.M.E.C: So many features!

The bot was built with advanced voice-recognition capabilities and can move around the house without bumping into walls, furniture, or people, thanks to its digital ‘eye.’ The robot loves to crack jokes and do impersonations (not surprisingly, one of its favorites is doing robot voices ala C-3PO). I’m not sure whether this next one is more weird than endearing but this robot can also snore while sleeping, and even wake up with a stretch of its robotic joints. Mrs. Ellis has reportedly said that the robot seems to “have a life of its own sometimes.” A snoring, stretching robot? I’m sure.

And this robot is smart: it hooks on to the Internet via wireless connectivity, enabling it to look up subjects it doesn’t understand and then start conversations based on the news, trends and pop culture it “learns” online. It’s also capable of connecting to household appliances, which means the robot can turn on the TV, dim the lights, switch on the stereo, and pretty much do anything electronic-related that its parents are too lazy to do.

Seems like the perfect child for parents who don’t want one. Mr. Ellis is now working on a 4th prototype and plans to release the bot to consumers as soon as he finds a manufacturer. He believes that the robot could be sold for about $300 in stores in the next few years, which certainly cheaper than raising a kid, don’t you think? Now if he could do something about that singing voice…

More about Aimec

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.

Recent Articles

  1. Stu the AI Robot

    Jul 23, 16 12:26 AM

    Stu the AI Robot - Debugging

    Read More

  2. Best Game Camera Security Box

    Jul 07, 16 10:47 PM

    Camera stolen again? This is the best Game Camera Security Box on the market. It...

    Read More

  3. Robots and Androids

    Jul 03, 16 12:50 AM

    A site with information on robots and androids including their history, building them, and so much more.

    Read More

Robot-Android-Blog  Read our blog about robots, building robots, and easy robot building.

How to Build a Robot How to Build a Robot takes you through each step required to build a robot.

Build an Arduino Robot Yes you CAN! We get you started.

Robot Comics Robot Comics are HERE! We start off our comics with...

Virtual Steve Jobs Virtual Steve Jobs? Steve Jobs is gone and we missed him so much we re-created his essence in software...

The EZ Robot Review The EZ Robot Review. This article reviews the EZ Robot building system, the robot board and system for beginner's robot building.

Medical Robots Medical robots are now showing their silver faces in hospitals and doctors' offices across the world.

Roomba Repair Quick and Simple Fixes for Your iRobot Roomba vacuum

Roomba Batteries How to extend the life of your Roomba's battery. Buy replacement batteries here.

Robot Cars - Yesterday’s Vision, Today’s Reality Are robot cars 'on track' to becoming the way of the future? What issues are at stake at their current level of development?

Robot Car Safety - The Future of Today’s Vehicles

Robot Car Safety can be identified by two main technological components - lacking in human drivers -a (1) instant reaction time and (2) 360-degree awareness of the road.

Educational Robots Learn robotics with these educational robots..

Robot People Robotic replicas of people - robot people - are starting to pop up here and there. We even visit a company who is today making them to order.

Hacking Elvis - The Alive Elvis Animatronic Robot In these articles we show you how to run your Alive Elvis from a microcontroller such as the Arduino and the Basic Stamp. Hacking Elvis...

Wall-e toy robots from Disney Wall-e toy robots are still popular this year

R2D2 Toy Robot : Interactive-Astromech Droid Here's a review of the high-end R2D2 toy robot, the interactive astromech droid.

Toy Robot Dogs Toy Robot dogs: In the robot pet store, you will find toy robot dogs - robomuts if you will - of all sizes, shapes and prices.

Wowwee Robotics Wowwee Robotics has been building toy robots for years.

Lost in Space Toys : The Robot Lost in Space Toys : There have been scores of toys built resembling the Lost in Space Robot, sometimes call by his model number "B9"...

Tribot Robot The tribot robot is one of the most entertaining toy robots that has come from Wowwee...

Terminator Robots Terminator Robots : The Terminator movies and television show brought robots to...

Artificial Intelligence: Our Brain In That Small Chip Artificial Intelligence was once thought of as an impossible feat. Now, with modern advancements in robotic technology, machines can be made to think like humans.

R2D2 - An Adventurous, Resourceful, and Loyal Robot R2D2 demonstrates several notable characteristics every human can learn from, in spite of the fact that he is, a robot. Read his biography here.

Anybots Vistual Assistant Robots - The Coming of Age in Telepresence Robotics Anybots Virtual Assistant Robots are expected to grow in a few years, or perhaps sooner.

BlueBiped: Propelled by it's Own Weight BlueBiped uses no power source to walk. This robot has set a Guinness World Record, walking nonstop for a distance of 15 km (9.32 miles), the longest distance ever walked by a bipedal robot

EZ-Robot May Be the Easiest Way to Build a Robot EZ-Robot May Be the Easiest Way to Build a Robot. The EZ-Robot is a $235 kit that includes everything you need to transform one of your old toys into a functional robot.

Introducing MorpHex, a Spherical Hexapod Robot Introducing MorpHex, a Spherical Hexapod Robot. Imagine a robot shaped like a ball which transforms into a walking six-legged contraption. That’s a description of MorpHex, created by Kare Halvorsen.

Recovering Kids Monitored by Robots After Surgery Recovering Kids Monitored by Robots After Surgery. A Boston, Mass. hospital introduces a sci-fi worthy caregiver system, where patients can go home and stay monitored by robots after surgery.

iCub the "Baby Robot" - Learns to Crawl Like a Baby Have you heard of the iCub? It is a one-meter high android originally developed by the Europe-based RobotCub Consortium. The iCub strongly resembles

Dongbu Robot HOVIS Kits Allow Users to Build An Android Phone Powered Robot Dongbu Robot HOVIS Kits Allow Users to Build An Android Phone Powered Robot

Robots and Androids



to read about the


Build an Arduino Robot!

Get the ebook.

Only $.99!