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Kubi: Really cool, effective, robotic telepresence

April 18, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Mark Gibbs / Network World

It's quite common to have remote workers join in a staff meeting but telephone or VoIP connections don't make the experience engaging. Video conferencing using a service such as Skype is a whole lot better but there's a static quality to the interaction. If you want to get a much more engaging presence for remote staff members then you need a Kubi from Revolve Robotics.

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Kubi is a robotic stand that holds a pad computer in either landscape or portrait orientation and allows you to pan and tilt it via remote control. So, as different people speak, the remote user connecting via, say, Skype running on the pad, can turn their virtual presence to each speaker in turn (its range is 300� pan and +/- 45� tilt) and as the remote user's image is displayed on the pad there's a more connected feeling than just having a faceless camera. The Kubi also has an internal battery so it can operate unplugged for up to 4 hours (depending on the amount of use).

The Kubi is a solidly engineered device compatible with iPad 3, 4, Air, and Minis as well as Android tablets with Bluetooth 4.0 (Bluetooth Smart) running JellyBean 4.3/KitKat 4.4+.

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