The Ballmer-bot manages a pretty accurate representation of the actual CEO. Ballmer’s iconic chant: “developers, developers, developers!” was replicated to perfection by the U-Bot, a project of Patrick Deegan from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
“Since Steve couldn’t make it with us today, we thought we’d provide a good substitute,” Trower states in the video just as U-Bot and Deegan come out on stage. The U-bot, dubbed for the purposes of the presentation the Ballmer-bot, and equipped with a screen featuring a picture of the CEO, went on to offer a replica of Ballmer’s historical burst of developer love. Sure, the U-bot makes a rather slim down and less agile copy of the real, flesh and bone Steve Ballmer, but it more than makes up for these aspects with battery life and hard disk space and… excitement, of course.
“Good; we’ve got the Ballmer-bot pretty excited here. It’s an amazing looking robot. It’s just balancing itself, and fantastic,” Gates could not help but comment. Deegan simply took it a little further and made a reference related to a recent incident at a Hungarian University where Steve Ballmer was egged by an angry participant.