Like Siri? Here’s 10 Other Gadgets You Can Boss Around [Featured]


Have you been enjoying Siri on your iPhone 4S? Having a machine that you can boss around is great, isn’t it? Now that you’re drunk with power, you’ll be happy to know that there are other gadgets out there that you can force to do your bidding. Plus, if Siri goes down again, you’ll always have another machine to yell at.

Karotz
Karotz is the robotic rabbit assistant that you can rule like a king. Based on either voice commands or RFID input, Karotz will read information from the web, such as your email, RSS feeds, status updates and local weather forecast. It can also make calls, watch over the house with its integrated webcam (and alert you via a smartphone when someone enters), stream online music, wake you up in the morning and more. It also responds to your requests with speech, ear wiggles, and lights. For only $129.99 it’s a pretty sweet deal — especially if you don’t have an iPhone 4S to boss around. — Karotz

Interactive R2-D2
This R2-D2 robot is about as close as most Star Wars fans will come to having their own companion Droid — and this one actually does what it’s told! Artoo responds to more than 40 voice commands, reacts to questions based on “moods” and even humiliates itself by dancing for your twisted amusement when set to “Game Mode.” Just don’t go smacking it on the head, because Artoo won’t stand for physical abuse. He’ll make “irritated beeping sounds” and try to move away from you. After that, he may or may not try to kill you in the night. I would sleep with one eye open. $149 —Amazon

RCA voice control remote
Rumor has it that Apple is working on a Siri-enabled television, but if that’s true, it probably won’t be released for at least a year or so. In the meantime, one of your best options is to use a voice-controlled remote like this RCA model. It allows you to turn your home theater devices on and off, surf through channels, start a movie and more with only your voice. Plus, when a terrible reality show comes on it will actually help get you out of trouble — unlike my wife, who insists on watching “The Bachelor” despite my desperate pleas for mercy. $23.50 — Amazon

Voice control helicopter
Using the included microphone set, you can command this little two-channel helicopter to “start its engines,” “go higher and lower,” “hold” and “stop.” There’s also a remote control that you can use to direct it to the left or right. Impressive, but I won’t be satisfied until I can send it off on a mission to “go into the kitchen and get me a beer”. $64 — iWoot

Kelvin voice activated thermostat
Do you have someone in your household that’s perpetually freezing? My wife is the kind of person that sleeps with heavy blankets in the summer and puts a jacket on when it’s 80 degrees. Meanwhile, I’m wearing shorts and a T-shirt in December. That’s where having this voice-activated Kelvin thermostat might be problematic. It allows you to raise and lower the temperature with a hand clap or button press and simple voice commands. Picture two people clapping and yelling in a thermostat shouting match. Yeah, I’m not picking this up anytime soon — especially since I’m the only one who knows how to operate our current thermostat. Bwahahaha! $59.86 — Smarthome

Voice activated Dalek
Doctor Who fans will undoubtedly enjoy commanding their very own 18-inch Dalek robot. You can ask it about specific Doctor Who characters, tell it to follow you around or even guard a location. Indeed, if anyone approaches the Dalek in guard mode it will first issue a verbal warning. If that warning isn’t heeded, it will yell “Exterminate!” and commence firing with its death ray. You can also command it to play a game with your friends in which it identifies one member of your group as the Doctor and tries to exterminate them with extreme prejudice. It’s like your own little cyborg assassin. Needless to say, technology like this could be devastating in the wrong hands. $159 — Forbidden Planet

Voice activated coffee maker
I’m holding out hope that one day I will own a mustachioed butler robot named C.A.D.B.U.R.Y (Cybernetic Artificial Droid Butler for Ultimate Repair and Yelling at) that I can order to serve me coffee in the morning. Until then, I will have to make due with this Hamilton Beach 12-cup coffeemaker that will set the clock or brew time with the push of a button and a voice command. $44.08 — Amazon

Moshi alarm clock
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been talking to your alarm clock for years. Unfortunately, it never responds when I tell it to “shut the hell up.” The Moshi alarm clock, on the other hand, allows you to set the time and the alarm using only your voice. You can also ask what the temperature is and tell it to turn off the alarm when you want to sleep in (but you’ll have to ask nicely). $34.99 — ThinkGeek

Star Trek light dimmer
You’ve got a little wine and some soft music, now it’s time to spark up a little romance. Set the mood by speaking commands like “Computer, Low” and “Computer, Off” to your Star Trek light dimmer. It will respond with the voice of Majel Roddenberry, widow of Gene Roddenberry and the voice behind the ship’s computer in most of the Trek TV shows and movies. Incidentally, she will also be your date for the evening. Pricing not available. — VOS Systems via Nerd Approved

Emotive Robotic Avatar
It costs a whopping $65,000, but this 4.5-foot-tall Emotive Robotic Avatar can express feelings through animated movement and can be controlled using an included tablet computer with a 30-foot range. You can’t command the robot with your voice directly, but you can pitch-shift your voice through the robot and get a live video feed to see what it sees. In other words, you can command others to obey their new robot overlords by becoming a robot yourself. — Hammacher Schlemmer via Nerd Approved

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