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Gostai Jazz Telepresence Robot Unveiled

December 20, 2010 | Howard Lichtman
Gostai_Jazz_Telepresence_Robot.jpgBy Erico Guizzo, Via IEEE

French robotics company Gostai is unveiling today a mobile robot called Jazz Connect designed for "telepresence and telesurveillance."

The waist-high robot, which a user can remote control using a web-based interface, rolls on two wheels and has a head that can move in any direction, with a camera stuck on its forehead. The price starts at 7900 euros.
 
This is the first time that the Paris-based company, known for its robotics software, ventures into hardware.

Jean-Christophe Baillie, founder and CEO of Gostai, tells me that they built the robot "very quickly," relying on the experience they gained by interacting with robot manufacturers that use their software.

"This is a little revolution for Gostai," he says, "and we are very excited about the potential of this little guy!"

I've tested a couple of telepresence robots this year [see our special report on robotic telepresence] and look forward to driving the Jazz as well. But just by looking at the specs and video I've noticed several interesting things.

First, the robot can not only use Wi-Fi -- as other telepresence robots do -- but it can also connect to a 3G cellphone network. From what I know, this is the first telepresence robot with this capability.

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