Another personal robot, similar to the Turtlebot, but with a simple arm and gripper.
The price is $1200, so this is an affordable machine which anyone could buy and start developing software for. Having a somewhat standardised and affordable PC based robotics platform on which to do research and development, in the style of early home computers, has been something which was aspired to for the last couple of decades, but is only now a realistic proposition. The only drawback is the timing of its introduction - something which Ray Kurzweil talks about in regards to the appropriateness of inventions - isn't very optimal since there aren't currently many people with much disposable income. As a consequence it's possible that new products like this may fail simply because of the ambient economic conditions, but the longer term prospects look good.