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Thursday, October 13, 2011

iRobot Robot Apps Vision 2011

iRobot, the market leader in military and home robotics, invites app developers to write apps that run on a tablet connected to the new mobile robot Ava. iRobot is promoting AVA currently as a technology demonstrator and in early stages of commercialization. iRobot has identified applications for mobile robots "that have the potential to add value and enable differentiation in many markets such as retail, manufacturing, healthcare, enterprise collaboration and consumer." Below are some ideas and illustrations of iRobot's robot app vision. 
New Shopping Experience
In the future mobile robots will enhance in-store shopping experience by meeting shoppers as Mobile Kiosk

Mobile Kiosk
Mobile robots can also provide consistent, high quality shopper experience by connecting to product experts remotely.

Product Expert Chat
Mobile robots can provide remote monitoring to ensure enterprise safety and security. 

Mobile robots can be used for communication with remote manufacturing facilities and factory inspection.

Factory inspection
Mobile robots can support collaboration with enterprise colleagues through remote telepresence without having to travel to another office location.

Mobile robots can support home-based care through virtual visits and remote telepresence
Mobile robots can enable family and professional caregivers to deliver high quality care through virtual visits

Caregiver support

Mobile robots can leverage a limited number of experts to mentor and teach students in multiple locations
Learning support

Mobile robotic kiosks at public places like railway stations, airports, ports, underground stations, hospital, museums, shopping centers could replace some humans and act as watchdogs, infospots and tour guides during the day, handle security at night and can take environmental readings 24X7. This was demonstrated at the World Exhibition 2005 in Japan with many prototype robots. Robots can also be used for mobile marketing and advertising, sales and delivery services. Prototypes have been demonstrated in Japan by Fujitsu and Vstone. Fujitsu's ENON robot (2005) interacts with customers in malls, talking them into going into stores. It is equipped with voice recognition software and can even choose between a male voice and a female voice, to appeal to individual customers.

Vstone's Robovie (2009) can help customers with shopping lists, shopping recommendations and logistics.

The Future of Apps is cloudy
More than a half-million apps are downloaded every single hour, and the average smartphone user has 22 according to Borrell Associates, a research and consulting firm that tracks local advertising. But the future is cloudy for those trying to tackle the mobile universe via an app. Research shows that after six months, only one of those original 22 apps is still in use. On top of that, a debate is raging as to whether apps will survive a more sophisticated mobile browser fueled by HTML5.

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