A new car-shaped robot massager promises to caress and tickle as its wheels roll across your back, for what the company describes as a "sumptuous feeling of relaxation."
Designed by Dreambots, WheeMe is now available through several distributors internationally for around $69 US. U.S. consumers can also purchase the robot via partner Pinook for $99.98. According to an interview with a WheeMe representative on PC World, in the US WheeMe will retail in a few months for around $69-$79 and be available via Amazon.com in a couple of weeks.
The palm-size device (measuring 128mm x 96mm x 80mm and weighing 330 grams) won't likely give you a deep-tissue massage. But it claims to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system by gently touching and vibrating its way around your body. WheeMe also claims to stimulate the nerve endings below the surface of the skin, which may increase the release "feel-good" endorphins.
Sensors determine the slope of your back, so the robot massager can shift direction and keep rolling rather that falling off your body.
A slew of massagers were on display at the event, including an array of portable battery-powered massagers from Breo, such as the iDream 3 Eye and Head Massager -- designed for computer-weary eyes. Breo also launched its iNeck Massager, which relaxes the cervical vertebrae by kneading the pressure points on the neck.