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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Telerobotics with Rovio WiFi Robot

According to Wikipedia definition telepresence refers to a set of technologies which allow a person to feel as if they were present, to give the appearance that they were present, or to have an effect, at a location other than their true location. Telepresence refers to a user interacting with another live, real place, and is distinct from virtual presence, where the user is given the impression of being in a simulated environment.

Leading consumer robot developer WowWee, an Optimal Group company (NASDAQ:OPMR), has developed a new telepresence robot called Rovio. The three wheel robot is based on
Evolution Robotics NorthStar 2.0 system, which enables robots to be truly aware of their environment and perform everyday tasks with complete autonomy.

Rovio robot is able to let users drive the robot with shortcut “go-to” commands, to make it easy to control the robot remotely over the web or from a mobile phone. Rovio can also operate in “patrol mode” and automatically send pictures of specific locations the user wants to check. Rovio can autonomously guide itself back on course if someone picks it up and move it, The robot can navigate to its charging station from anywhere in the house, and dock with pinpoint accuracy.

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