In the latest news proving that we're determined to let robots control our lives, crowdfunded phenom Piper garnered honours at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.
Piper is the latest contender for the increasingly sought-after Smart Home crown. The pristinely white, one-eyed device, which looks unnervingly like a gun turret from Portal (or HAL 9000 for you old-timers) is equipped with a jumble of sensors that you can access from your smart phone.
These sensors can detect temperature, humidity, and sound levels in the room, while giving you a remotely pan-able wide angle camera so that you can watch your neglected puppy destroy the house while you're at work.
Piper also interfaces with various door locking and light dimming peripherals so that you can turn your home into that nightmare scenario from 1984's Electric Dreams (or 1984's Electric Dreams for you old-timers).
The product is fresh off a very successful Indiegogo run, which blew past its $100,000 goal and closed with an impressive $309,000. Ottawa-based Blacksumac, for whom Piper is a debut product, was named honoree by the CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Awards at CES. When the robots claim creative rights to the amateur sex tapes they film of us in our own bedrooms, don't say we didn't warn you.