You may already be familiar with this high tech gizmo. It’s a telecommuting device of sorts, controlled by the owner, who uses an iPad or computer remotely to drive this rolling iPad around his or her office. It becomes the owner’s surrogate in a distant location.
When I first saw one of these a few weeks ago on “The Good Wife,” I thought it was a joke, a bit of humor dreamed up by the writers. They had the user running into walls, asking for help to open doors to get into meetings, etc.
Then Stephen Colbert featured one on his show, “The Colbert Report,” and at some point mentioned the product name or website URL. The silly thing is real, as it turns out, and its appearance on “The Good Wife” was good ol’ product placement.
Then this evening, on “NCIS: Los Angeles,” it showed up again. Not cute or engaging or new. Just really, really annoying. And it was portrayed as such, I’m happy to say.
The manufacturer, Double Robotics, calls it the Double. And for a mere $2,499 you can have one of your very own. Now, now, don’t push. Don’t all speak up at once. I’m sure they have enough for everyone.
I think the Double is silly. I think it would be annoying as hell having one rolling around one’s workplace. I think teleconferencing and Skype already have the situation under control. Taken to a humorous extreme, though, I can imagine dozens of Doubles zipping around an office, bumping into walls and each other, trying to conduct business with nary a human in sight.
Of course, I thought Twitter was a silly idea too …