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RoboDynamics' Fred Nikgohar launches open-source personal telepresence robot campaign on Kickstarter

January 5, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Fred Nikgohar / Kickstarter

Finally, A Personal Robot!

Since our founding our mission is to bring robots to the masses. We believe that robots and humans can live and work in harmony together. That's why we made Luna. Luna is a personal robot designed for everyday practical use. She is a powerful platform capable of an increasing universe of apps and services through an app store model. Human scale with a powerful computer, hi def camera, capacitive touch screen LCD and many other features, Luna is the first evolutionary step in a near-future where robots become a normal part of everyday human life.

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Let's Create an Industry

The Apps, Services and Accessories model has already proven incredibly successful with other platforms like PCs, Mobiles, and Tablets. The creation of Apps, Services and Accessories around an open robotic architecture therefore, is the critical ingredient for the success of robotics as a whole - something that has eluded robotics over the past 50 years, and the reason we don't have robots in our everyday lives today. Aside being a powerful personal robot, Luna is specifically designed as an Open, Standard, and Affordable platform that inspires and incentivizes developers, entrepreneurs, and visionaries to form a thriving ecosystem. Our success ensures ever more capable robot hardware, with better software and services, from a diverse field of market participants. In short, our success means we have created a robotics industry!

What Does Luna Do?


Luna is capable of a huge variety of tasks and services, limited only by your imagination.

Luna can keep an eye out on the Elderly living on their own and help them to remain independent. Luna can be an invaluable Medical Assistant, reminding patients to take their medicine, assist nurses by fetching items or carrying things from room to room, or facilitate bringing a Specialist to a patient's bedside (telepresence) for urgent medical care. Luna can patrol a premise and provide security services. For example she can record suspicious activities while informing authorities, allowing humans to stay out of dangerous situations but still provide them the tools they need to confront them. In fact, Luna can do all these things (and more) simultaneously or as needed, since each of these services are essentially apps that are running on the Luna platform and can be obtained through her app store.

There are literally an unlimited number of things Luna can do. The question to ask is this: what apps and services will you create on a human size computing platform loaded with sensors and actuators, capable of autonomous mobility?

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