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Posted 2006-06-26 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Physical Avatar Indicates IM Presence
London-based design shop Schulze & Webb has created a toy-like physical avatar that is intended to indicate the presence of an instant-messaging buddy. Dubbed the "Availabot," the USB-controlled avatar is flaccid when one's IM buddy is not available to chat, and stands at attention when one's buddy is chat-ready. Furthermore, the little critter is customizable, combining standard and rapidly-prototyped body parts. Thanks to currently-available 3D-ripping software and rapid-prototyping tools, creating out a custom Availabot based on one's virtual world avatar or videogame character shouldn't be too difficult.

Realistically, the Availabot less represents consumer-oriented technology than artist-level technology. Most people have too many IM buddies and too few USB ports to make the Availabot a practical tool.
 
     
 
   
 
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Comment posted by Brace
June 28, 2006 @ 3:49 am
     
 
"flaccid" ....

"stands at attention"

.....

gawed T-Dawg I LURVE you!

:D

*bigwetsloppykisses* ;)~~
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
June 28, 2006 @ 10:59 am
     
 
Always happy to be of cervix.
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Brace
June 30, 2006 @ 8:44 pm
     
 
LOL!!!! *huggs and happy sighs* :D
 
     
 
     
   
 
 
     
 
     
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