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Ubergizmo Offers Sneak Peak at AnyBot's New Q(X) Telepresence Robot
Ubergizmo has published the first pictures of AnyBot's new Q(X) telepresence robot which has been built with a Polycom RealPresence videoconferencing engine.� The new design is a departure from the company's iconic QB which featured an oversized head, tiny screen, and big eyes on a stick in favor of a significantly larger display and form factor. The bot will be competing with robotic telepresence platforms including Suitable Technologies' Beam and iRobot's Ava.� Please see the Telepresence Options Comparison Chart: Robotic Telepresence: Tale of the Tape 2013 for the most comprehensive comparison of all the leading Robotic Telepresence platforms.� Bookmark our Robotic Telepresence page for the latest coverage of the industry.
Polycom RealPresence in the new Anybots Q(X) Virtual Presence
Last week I was invited to Polycom's annual Holiday event where the Anybots Q(X) Virtual Presence was shown for the first time. We all remember Anybots cute QB robot that featured a very small display and 2 big "eyes" where the camera was hidden. The new Q(X) is going away from the human-like shape and features a relatively austere form factor; however we can appreciate the large display that delivers a better telecommunication experience. Anybots partnered with Polycom to integrate its RealPresence Group 500 video conferencing solution in a metallic gray flat panel on wheels (see photo in the complete article, wheels are not visible)
David Rogan, CEO, Anybots (on the right in the photo), showed me a demo of the Q(x)'s video conferencing capabilities in a rather noisy restaurant: the display on the device was streaming the video captured by a laptop placed at the opposite side of the room, which was also playing the video captured by the Q(X).
The expansion features include three display configurations (not in the same device, 3 different models) Single Landscape (in our photo), Dual Landscape, and Single Portrait, bridge router bay with power and network for enterprise-specified WiFi authentication, expansion bay for application-specific equipment and power/network. According to the company, the large wheels allow the Q(X) to traverse rough terrain with ease at 3.5 MPH (5.0 Km/h) and it can be easily controlled remotely via your browser suing active sensors on board.
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