They're called Availabots, and Shulze & Webb, a London design firm, says it is currently beta testing 10 prototypes. Check out www.availabot.com for more information. We love that you can design them to look like your favorite pals -- or least popular co-worker!
Anne McCrory is editorial director of CIO Decisions and the CIO Decisions conference. Write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This was first published in December 2006