We at Mobile Nations use Slack as our favored text chat platform, and one of our favorite features — the automated response bot Slackbot — has been given a real-life body by marketing firm Redpepper in the form of Slackbot Bot. And it takes a bunch of our favorite things, namely an old robotic Roomba vacuum cleaner, a Raspberry Pi mini computer, Bluetooth beacons, and a loudspeaker harvested from an old tornado siren. And it's controlled through Slack. What's not to love?
Slackbot Bot's commands, as demonstrated by Redpepper, include checking the bathroom for occupancy, delivering party music, making loud announcements, and high fiving.
The high five function is one of our favorites — it seeks out the designated Slack user by their Bluetooth beacon and deploys a paper hand taped onto a pencil mounted on a motor to deliver the high five as it cruises past. Or maybe it's the paper eyes dangling off the front. We're not sure, but right now it's utterly killing your author that Mobile Nations is a distributed company without a proper central office.