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Robometrix VisitorBot Mini, new inexpensive consumer-market telepresence robot

December 12, 2013 | Telepresence Options

RobotMetrix VisitorBot Mini

Story and images by Elise Vider / Keystone Edge

Imagine remotely checking in on elderly loved ones with a mini-robot that you move around using your smartphone. Or playing with your dog while you're at work.

Robometrix, a startup in Palmyra, is introducing its VisitorBot Mini, a compact telepresence device that can be operated on a tabletop or floor and sells for only $300. The larger VisitorBot Max stands four-feet-tall and, for example, can move around a factory floor to monitor overseas manufacturing from your Pennsylvania workplace. It sells for about $1,200.

George Keller, who founded Robometrix in 2010 with his son, Tyler, says the company has spent the last few years doing R&D, building and tweaking prototypes to create "telepresence robots that are as simple and inexpensive as possible. We think we're pretty much there."

Keller, who has a PhD in biochemistry and whose day job is at the National Institutes of Health, says that telepresence robots are widely used in medical applications. Robometrix's aim is to bring the technology to consumer markets.

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