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By 11.29.12

If you’re a big guy, you probably get lectured a lot about losing weight. Which, it should be said, is hard for anybody to do, especially if they’ve got a lot of work and other commitments.

Well, now an MIT graduate has decided what you really need is a robot to guilt trip you.

The robot in question, called Autom, is actually not aggressive: It’s not going to shout “Fattie fattie boom ba latty!” every time you pull ice cream from the fridge. But it is very interactive.

The idea is that you use a pedometer and connective scale (read: A scale with WiFi) in conjunction with the robot. You punch in your meal plan and exercise schedule, and the little smiling guy lets you know whether you’re on track. Like, for example, in this video:

You’ll have to pay up front for the robot, and then for a $6.99 subscription. Yes, you are expected to pay for a robotic guilt trip on a monthly basis.

Despite the sarcasm, this isn’t a bad idea: This thing is pretty good about interacting with you and keeping you on track. We just worry about what will happen when it can start following you around: “Do you really want that slice of pizza?”

MyAutom [Official Site]

About Dan Seitz... Dan Seitz is a semi-professional nerd (he'll have to code a homebrew game for the NES before he goes pro). He grew up fiddling with video game systems, computers, cameras, and other technology you should never hand to an eight-year-old if you want it back in pristine condition. Currently, he lives in Boston with his girlfriend, her cat, a Shih Tzu, and far too many objects with processors.
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