"Good day, my name is Toby." I am your personal robot sounds the voice strange synthetically of the little man. "The small steel robot, standing at the front door looks like a brightly painted fire hydrant is 70cm tall, eight kilos and is plastic, metal and cables and full with Electronics.
He can water flowers, mix drinks and if somewhere in the house fire started sounding the alarm. And - "Toby" speaks when it is programmed according to the small machine is a home robot. The Microcomputers programming is the mostly in Basic. The instructions to Tobys mind are through the keyboard on a Home Computer Brand type "Apple" or "Commodore".
"Toby" with all special infrared and ultrasonic sensors fitted through these Rainbow modified "eyes", the little robot see obstacles stops to flags, it can measure distances, distances assess, report movements and smoke "sniff". Toby can then hold flowers, open the refrigerator and as a security guard, even sound an alarm somewhere when a fire breaks out in the house. The little computer operating in Tobys "belly", can keep three or four typewritten pages of full instructions.
Toby's creator is Kurt Beer of the Hamburg-based company "Rainbow, Society for Innovative MbH.