Bearbot, a $111 plastic blob currently raising funds on IndieGoGo, is positioning itself as an affordable—and more hygenic—alternative to more expensive household controllers.

Mu Design

According to developer Vivien Muller of Mu Design, Bearbot acts like a universal remote, learning (or being "trained") to control televisions, radios, air conditioners, lighting, and cell phones by using gestures recorded over his screen. By consolidating remotes, Bearbot promises that users will be less likely to come in contact with bacteria-harboring devices, which may come in handy while cooking.

For amusement purposes, Bearbot will also “surprise you with spontaneous behaviors: sneezing, dancing, falling asleep.” Mu Design previously had success raising funds for Ulo, a home-monitoring owl. Donors will begin receiving both in 2017.

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