Availabot tells you if your buddy is online…and alive?
By Dan Moren
There are now officially enough random USB gadgets to kill each and every last one of us. If anything, they’re just getting
. Okay, so the Availabot isn’t entirely useless. Remember those little plastic figures who you could push on their base and they would collapse due to loss of tension? Maybe? Close enough!
Even more disturbingly, the Availabot can be designed to look like you, or one of your (surely many) acquaintances. As the website of the designers, British firm Schulze & Webb Ltd, suggests:
Availabot stores the IM details of the friend it represents in the puppet itself. That means you can buy a few, load them with your own IM screenname and service, and give them out like business cards to your closest contacts.
Because nobody thinks twice about someone handing out small dolls of themselves. Especially one that appears to have a
every time you log on and off of IM.