|Credit: Suitable Technologies, Beam|
Telepresence robots have been identified as a promising consumer application for many years and there is a growing number of start-up companies developing new mobile platforms for video conferencing, tele-traveling and remote control.
Double Robotics will present its iPad-based telepresence robot. The first production run of Double, pre-order price $ 1,999 has sold out in 2012 and new orders will ship in early 2013.
The MantaroBot™ TelePresence Robot from Mantaro is a mobile offsite conferencing platforms, which via a plug-in works with Skype™ or any commercial A/V app, allowing a user to remotely interact with and observe people and their environment. MantaroBots are designed for commercial and consumer environments. Price about $ 3,500.
Suitable Technologies, a spin-of from Willow Garage, produces the Beam Remote Presence System (RPS). Beam enables individuals to travel instantly to remote locations using videoconferencing on a mobile platform. People have a real physical sense of presence, do not have to travel, and are more efficient. Beam Remote Presence Systems start at $16,000.
RoboteX designs robots for safety and ease-of-use, and works directly with end users to include capabilities that are important to them. The Avatar® Home & Office combines an iOS device (iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch*) with a highly-mobile robotic base that you can control remotely through the internet. Standard Model: US$299, with 2-yr $49/month for Premium Support or $29/month contract for Basic Support. Stair Climbing Model: US$499, with 2-yr $49/month for Premium Support or $29/month contract for Basic Support.
Orbotix will present its Sphero™, the first robotic ball gaming system that users control with a tilt, touch, or swing from a smartphone or tablet. Unlike other remote controlled devices, Sphero is a fully developed game platform that lets users download numerous interactive games from the smartphone’s application store. Sales price Apple Store $129.95, Amazon $149.36
|Credit: Modular Robotics, KT06 kit|
Modular Robotics the maker of Cubelets, a robot construction kit for kids, will demonstrate some of its 16 different Cubelets. The KT06 starting kit contains 6 Cubelets that can be snapped together to make a variety of robots with no programming and no wires. Sales price $ 160.
Cubelets control, running on Android devices, is a mobile app that connects to a Bluetooth Cubelet. It does two things: it can remote control up to six Cubelets, and it can also read their values. So the user can communicate both ways with Cubelets robot: read and write.