Researchers at MIT’s Media Lab are working on the development of a robot dog that will watch what you eat and how much you exercise to supposedly help you with your diet. They’re using a modified Sony Aibo dog that will wirelessly monitor your pedometer and food diary to see if you’re walking enough and eating right.
Now this is where it gets a little funny. When you ask the robot – “How am I doing?” – it will respond by acting happy, sad or indifferent based on how well you’re doing with your diet. If you have met your exercise and nutritional goals, the robot will wag his tail, play music and jump up and down. I guess you’re supposed to feel guilty if it’s sad.
No word on what the robot does if you pay the kid next door 20 bucks to walk around the block a few times with your pedometer while you snarf down a bag of Oreos.
[via The Raw Feed]