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Telepresence Robot Deployed at the X PRIZE Foundation
September 9, 2008 | Chris Payatagool
By CXOtoday Staff
RoboDynamics Corporation has announced the temporary beta-installation of their robotic telepresence platform at the X PRIZE Foundation. According to the company, this platform can help organizations reduce downtime, eliminate travel, increase productivity, and maximize collaboration.
With this installation the X PRIZE Foundation will be the first organization to test and evaluate the benefits of a robotic telepresence platform. Robotic telepresence provides the ability to transport a person to a remote location without the person actually going there. It is similar to video conferencing in that there is a real time audio/video link, but also provides the means for the user to commandeer the robot and move about the remote location as though the user was actually there.
"It is only befitting that the X PRIZE Foundation, whose Google Lunar X PRIZE is a race to put a telepresence robot on the surface of the moon and provide a live video feed of the lunar surface, is our first test site," said Fred Nikgohar, CEO of RoboDynamics.
Central to the telepresence platform is TiLR, a four foot tall robot with an 8 LCD screen and a Canon camera. An operator logs into TiLR remotely using a standard PC and commandeers the robot at the remote location while having a real time audio/video link with the robot.
From the RoboDynamics website:
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