After a hard day of work many find comfort in the form of a massage or simple back rub. But, after an exhausting day at the old 9-5, who has the time or money to get to a spa? With the average massage parlor charging anywhere from $50-$100 for an hour long session, it makes the treatment a rare splurge for most. But there is an alternative. And, it may not be what you’re expecting.
Soon, everyone will be able to receive the comfort and pleasure of a massage in their own home. And, it will be a robot dishing it out.
The WheeMe massage robot is a new invention by the people at DreamBots. This lightweight robot rolls across the user’s back, or other desired area, providing a light amount of pressure. The WheeMe uses tilt sensors to make sure the robot doesn’t fall off of the user or lose its grip.
The WheeMe uses four rubber wheels that aren’t exactly the most conventional. As you can see in the picture, the wheels contain what very much resembles rubber spikes that allow the light robot to give as deep a massage at it can. Speaking of the actual massage, this WheeMe robot can’t give deep tissue massages as it only weighs eight and a half ounces. The lightweight design most likely ensures maximum comfort.
If this muscle pleasing robot is something you may want in your own home, you may want to hold off on your excitement. The WheeMe robot isn’t exactly available in stores yet. If you’d like to see more of it, DreamBots will be showing the WheeMe off at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in January of 2011. They’re also not committing to any specific pricing just yet.
We do know that the WheeMe will be available in a few color varieties. These include white/blue, white/green, white/red, silver/pink, silver/purple, silver/metallic red, silver/metallic blue, silver/metallic green and silver/metallic black. Needless to say, there’s truly a color for everyone.
Via: IEEE Spectrum