Think you got it easy cause your boss ain't around? You better think twice. Designed by HeadThere, the Giraffe is a remote controlled mobile videoconferencing robot. It can be operated via the Internet by anyone who wants to see, talk, or interact with people far-away. The robot stands 5'8" tall and uses a 14-inch LCD with the image of its controller as its "face." It uses a wide-angle 2MP camera to "see" and communicates via its built-in speakers. It'll be out in 2007 for anywhere between $1,800 and $3,000, just don't expect your employees to be happy when they see a robotic version of you patrolling the office.
I'm pretty good mates with the guys who created this device and one of them wrote to me today stating that a few friends "brought up the towel over head and also lock it in closet scenarios months ago. Genius Boy apparently hasn't considered that his hypothetical boss from afar would tilt the head unit down, identify his subordinate's feet, and promptly fire his dumb ass, preventing similar recurrences in the future. Well that's what I'd do, anyway. At least until I get around to installing a small caliber weapon on board. "