As I sit here, and my arm slightly protests from carrying home a few bags of groceries yesterday, I am reminded again of this Gita helper robot thing I read about the other day, and how I kinda sorta want one.
The team’s first product is Gita, a round rolling robot that can carry up to 40 pounds of cargo for miles at a time. Rather than get you from A to B as fast as possible, it’s meant to get you there more easily.
Can have? Mine?
I can’t count the number of times I have gone out to get dog food for example, dog food that comes in a 30-pound bag, and because it’s too heavy for little ol’ me to carry home, and because I’m a disaster trying to pull a cart and use a cane or dog, I’ve had to cab an otherwise walkable distance to bring the heavy stuff home. If this little robo dude could just toddle along behind me and carry the dog food, I could walk both ways! Yes!
I also like the idea that I don’t have to drive it by using some kind of controller, I just walk, wear a little doo dad and it just does what I do. Admittedly, I would like it to have a slight bit of navigation so it wouldn’t accidentally run over a squirrel I’m not aware of, or mow down a pack of children running this way and that when I’m not sure where I myself should go, or topple head over wheels down a curb into the street if I don’t direct it exactly to the ramp since it seems to not be able to do stairs, but damn is that ever a good idea!
Now, for the questions. How big is this thing? Does it store easily? How long of a charge does it have? How big is its little cargo hold thingamadoodle where you put stuff? How expensive will it be when it’s available for regular consumers? How heavy is it in case, god forbid, you have to help it over uneven terrain or its charge runs out when you’re not quite home?
Duuuude. I so want to at least play with one of these.