Your ideas for cubicle toys made me think it would be very cool to have a Dilbert Cubicle Buddy with open standards so you could customize it to a variety of functions.

Imagine a hard plastic Dilbert doll sitting next to your computer, attached by USB. Perhaps it is in wireless contact with a motion sensor outside the cubicle. As someone approaches, Dilbert's eyes light up to warn you.

Maybe you have an RFID device on your keychain, and as you approach your computer the Dilbert Cubicle Buddy detects it and enters your password to unlock your computer. When you go out of range, it locks everything up.

The Dilbert Cubicle Buddy could have a speaker, so it plays music, assuming you have another one for stereo. But you'd only need one for playing voice mail or for general alerts. For example, if someone enters your cubicle when you aren't there, the Dilbert Cubicle Buddy could deliver a recorded message of your whereabouts.

A hidden camera inside the Dilbert Cubicle Buddy could provide security video.

The Dilbert Cubicle Buddy could include a hard drive to back up your system.

It could warn you of incoming e-mail or phone calls before the normal alerts, and wave or just say "Phone call coming."

It could give you random compliments and kudos.

If you twist Dilbert's head backwards, there could be a webcam on the back.

It could have a pico projector for your smaller Powerpoint demonstrations.

It could have a flashlight on top of his head, with bendable arms like a spider, so you can stage the light where you need it.

It could be a USB hub, with jacks on the back.

A Wally version could be a big rechargeable battery for stealing electricity from work.

It could be an iPhone charging dock.

Basically, the Dilbert Cubicle Buddy would be a limited robot that would accept add-ons and apps. It could do anything you programmed it to do.

Obviously you'd need to be able to bolt it to your desk or to your monitor so it isn't stolen.
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Sep 26, 2009
I want the Wally version. The company steals my soul, I steal their electricity, and everybody goes home happy. Happy-ish.
Sep 13, 2009
This is a great idea, what the world really needs is a device that has a vast multitude of functions, sort of a swiss army knife device, with all the sensors and devices that can plug into the main device on many hub peice
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Sep 13, 2009
Unique, useful and multipurpose - good idea. Although your market possibly changes to people who manage the IT or office budget and can approve the installation of new security software. (I also like your idea of having a small projector for beaming data around the office but surely that's a niche thing.)
Sep 11, 2009
Surely it needs some sort of container which comes in handy at those times when you really can't be bothered getting up to pee....
Sep 10, 2009
And it will cost $9K
Sep 10, 2009
personally, from your description, i would probably want to smash the thing after about 2 hours. i realise its supposed to be "completely customizable" but that doesnt account for the fact that most people (self included) are too lazy to bother figuring out how to customize the thing. the people who would like such a thing probably already have something very much like it. so i really dont see it taking off.
plus, no offence, but dilbert is really ugly, from an interiour design perspective
Sep 9, 2009
If you're genuinely interested in doing this then Arduino would seem to be a good starting point:

You could stick one of those in a Dilbert-shaped housing with some lights and motorized bits (pop-up tie!) Throw in some pre-made software with some fun functions for mainstream appeal and you're done.
Sep 9, 2009



apropos some of your recent posts.
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Sep 9, 2009
You can't have all that ... and not have it also be a PEZ dispenser.
Sep 9, 2009
You could write most of the non-robotic things as an iPhone app (and apps for other devices) - you get the built in camera, drive space, etc. for free, plus a basic platform. I've heard Apple just made their API available for the docking port, so you could attach a third-party device to it and control it with an iPhone app. Now, you just have to make a Dilbert "wrapper" for the iPhone, and the software could control it. Added benefit, I'd be holding Dilbert up to my face to talk on the phone. Then again, I don't want to think about where I'd be talking into...
Sep 9, 2009
I can do it!! I'll do the electronics, you find someone to design the plastic case. Deal?
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Sep 9, 2009
Put me down for one. I don't care what it costs. Well, within certain boundaries.
Sep 9, 2009
I love the wally idea, how big a battery could you make before it became obvious what you were doing? I'd pay for that if it could charge my laptop, ipod, phone etc. when I'm away from a power outlet. I'd like to be able to get at least four hours of laptop use from a fully charged wally.

the ominous do-everything cube nick suggested sounds cool as well.
Sep 8, 2009
License it to Google and have them pay for it...you forgot that key part. This sucker will cost a fortune.
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Sep 8, 2009
What a great idea! I would love one. If it can keep my coffee hot and heat up my lunch.
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Sep 8, 2009
I like it. I don't sit in a cube, I have an office cos I'm the HR manager, but it would still be cool. Wonder if i could program it to spout random deviant policies. Mwaa ha ha ha ha ha.
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Sep 8, 2009
Perhaps you should see.. http://www.dilbert.com/fast/1994-02-20/
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Sep 8, 2009
*good grief* just keep the features that aren't existing in a cubicle space now - for example, the sensor to detect if someone is approaching, you can't buy a regular spy one without seeming paranoid, a dilbert toy would be perfect for that. scrap the ones like voicemail, mp3 player, password protection etc that are basics in every cube or already mainstream.

one idea is produce the features piecemeal, aka 1 toy (about the size of your hand) does 1 thing. have a dilber "house" where you can lock each toy in its place, or maybe a super remote where you have usb-sized ports to add/remove features. keep it small and handy..
Sep 8, 2009
Can it do my job for me? Though that could work both for and against me...
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Sep 8, 2009
I wonder what the Dogbert version would do...it might get control over the company firewall and start it's plan to conquer the world...whatever it does, I'd buy one, just for the fun of it :)
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