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Ballmer Bot debuts at TechEd

A dextrous-armed, Wi-fi-equipped “Ballmer bot” wheeled itself on stage to join Bill Gates at his TechEd 08 keynote today.

A rotating torso capped with an LCD bearing Steve Ballmer’s face, the robot re-enacted Ballmer’s famous “developers, developers, developers!” rant.

Ballmer Bot’s dextrous arms can “even throw eggs,” Tandy Tower, general manager of Microsoft’s Robotics Lab chimed in helpfully. (Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was recently “egged” at a European event. Whatever you think of Ballmer, his recovery from the flying eggs was priceless: “That broke my train of thought.”)

It was hard to tell from the streaming video whether Ballmer Bot was greeted with laughter or screams or indifference.

Full video of the TechEd keynote is here. Ballmer Bot is about an hour and 20 minutes in.

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Bill was making what he thought was a joke, it will be his last! I can never be replaced by a robot!
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