Entertainment multihyphenate Will.i.am is steering his next creative endeavor into hairier territory. Or … fuzzier.
Apparently, after a trip to Harrods in the UK, the musician-designer-dancer-producer was inspired by a toy dog to create a hybrid contraption that’s a stuffed-animal-music-player. Tech implantation ensued: The toy dog, Frankenstein-style, was reborn with a speaker for a stomach and a wireless brain. Will.i.am put a phone in its mouth.
Don’t be fooled, though. This isn’t going to be just another rendition of the other iPhone dogs already on the market. Will.i.am reportedly wants his idea to be more like J.A.R.V.I.S., Tony Stark’s, a.k.a. Iron Man’s, artificially intelligent computer. He wants it to sing. He wants it to dance. But most importantly (and, perhaps, revolutionarily), he wants it to execute household commands.
“I want to be able to tell it, ‘Play this song, download it,'” he told a UK publication. “I want to be able to tell it, ‘Put the next game on Tivo.’ I want this thing to rule my house.”
Will.i.am said he plans to have a version ready to go by the holiday season.
What do you think? Furby reincarnated? Or is this the innovation man’s best friend has been waiting for? Watch the video above to learn more, and then sound off in the comments.
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