January 06, 2011, 8:08 PM —
Can technology replace the human touch? It’s an age old question on many levels. At CES today, I got the opportunity to provide an answer.
One of the big display areas I visited this afternoon was the robot zone. Among more traditional robots like the Roomba, was the WheeMe robot massager. The WheeMe boasts a light skin massage and the ability to not fall off your back (so long as you’re laying facedown).
After watching the a demo, I had to try out the WheeMe for myself. It was relaxing, I’ll admit. It almost felt like having a happy cat purring on your back... if that cat moved around on wheels. After that I came upon a booth offering chair massages. Needing a comparison, I had a twenty minute chair massage.
The comparison? The WheeMe was like a bath in a barely warm and cramped apartment bathtub while the real thing was like full sized Jacuzzi.
The robots are making progress, but they still have a way to go.
Here's some comparison video: