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The Robot Assistant of Your Dreams Becomes Reality

September 18, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Jed Brack / PSFK

A traffic accident that left him bedridden inspired inventor Diego Balarezo of Robitz, Inc. to build a robot assistant. "My life changed radically," Balarezo says. "My body stopped working in many ways, but not my brain. So I tried to find an alternative for my situation." Eventually he recovered, but the idea remained, and after fifteen years of work, the result is Yori Black, a robot that is both companion and telepresence assistant.

Most telepresence systems are either passive cameras or video conference arrangements. The user may see through the camera or even talk to people at the other end of the link. Yori adds mobility and manipulators-extendable arms and hands-that let the user interact with the world from a distance. Around the home, for example, Yori can be used to fetch things, pick things up, or help clean, a boon for those whose mobility issues prevent them from doing such tasks. It's a "service machine with arms," says Balarezo.

Prestigious school weighs use of telepresence robots in the classroom Johnny-Five, please come up to the blackbo

September 16, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Greg Nichols / ZDNet

After a successful experiment using telepresence robots with his own staff, Peter Hirst, Associate Dean for Executive Education at MIT Sloan School of Management, says he's experimenting with ways to integrate these bots into the classroom, albeit in a limited way.

"We had a realization that people could participate in a classroom environment remotely for a short time," says Hirst. "So we asked, is that good idea? Will it work? And then in a very MIT way we thought we'd run some experiments."

First person report: "My life as a (telepresence) robot"

September 10, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Emily Dreyfuss / ISPR

I have been part robot since May. Instead of legs, I move on gyroscopically stabilized wheels. Instead of a face, I have an iPad screen. Instead of eyes, a camera with no peripheral vision. Instead of a mouth, a speaker whose volume I can't even gauge with my own ears. And instead of ears, a tinny microphone that crackles and hisses with every high note.

I'm a remote worker; while most of WIRED is in San Francisco, I live in Boston. We IM. We talk on the phone. We tweet at each other, but I am often left out of crucial face-to-face meetings, spontaneous brainstorm sessions, gossip in the kitchen.

Cambridge-based Vecna Technologies acquires VGo, maker of telepresence robots

July 16, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images Nidhi Subbaraman / BetaBoston

Vecna Technologies of Cambridge is buying VGo Communications, a New Hampshire maker of telepresence robots.

Both companies build robots that can operate safely among people. Vecna's sturdy, boxy bots-on-wheels trundle around medical centers and warehouses hauling loads. VGo's signature product is a small camera system on a 3-foot mobile platform that can be remotely controlled.

French robot company raising money for open source companion robot "BUDDY"

July 9, 2015 | Telepresence Options

Story and images by Alex Handy / SDTimes

It's never really tackled in Star Wars: are Astromech Droids open source? While we may never get to see R2-D2's internal code, a French company called Blue Frog Robotics fired up an IndieGoGo campaign yesterday that seeks to build an open-source companion robot.

Blue Frog Robotics, a company founded last year by French roboticist Rodolphe Hasselvander, has dubbed the proposed robot "BUDDY," and is targeting the home market with the device. BUDDY will include telepresence capabilities, and will be able to look up information online through voice commands.

Mind-controlled telepresence robots could restore mobility to the disabled

June 25, 2015 | Telepresence Options


It may not be able to do grocery shopping or hang out laundry to dry, but a project involving current telepresence technology could help people with limited mobility get around in the form of a robotic avatar.

Story and images by Michelle Starr / CNET

A team of researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology's Defitech Foundation Chair in Brain-Machine Interface in Lausanne, Switzerland, is working on a brain-computer interface that could see disabled people using their thoughts to control telepresence robots from the comfort of their homes.

Event Presence Enables Worlds First Mobile Telepresence Trade Show at Augmented World Expo

June 9, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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For the first time in trade show history, attendees no longer need to be physically present at a trade show. Event Presence, Inc., a company from Palo Alto, California is making it so. They are placing a dozen Beams at the 2015 Augmented World Expo this week, which will allow aspiring attendees to attend the event remotely, from any location in the world.

RambleBot - The $199 cell phone telepresence robot platform

June 8, 2015 | Telepresence Options


The RambleBot is a $199 telepresence robot that you can control over the internet using a connection to the self-provided Android smartphone that serves as the unit's brain and communications capability. The unit can be equipped with an optional arm and gripper for an additional $38 and can be maneuvered to plug itself into a standard 110 volt outlet to recharge. One of the company's marketing photographs shows the robot holding a knife with its gripper but, never fear, each system comes with a physical ShieldPass security card and all communications between you and the bot are encrypted.


New Telepresence Robot Mimics Your Every Move Using the Oculus Rift

April 27, 2015 | Telepresence Options


A team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a physical-virtual interface (PVI) by combining the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and teleoperated robotics.

Revolve Robotics & JACO Expand Integration to Create New, Advanced Telemedicine Solutions; See it at JACO's HIMSS Booth #4712

April 13, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Revolve Robotics, a leading innovator in robotic telepresence, today announced seamless integration between its innovative Kubi robotic telepresence platform and JACO, a leading manufacturer of mobile computer carts for the healthcare industry. Together, their combined solutions deliver multiple new options for hospitals, physicians, psychiatrists, and other healthcare professionals looking for a mobile platform to deliver engaging, productive telemedicine.

TwinBot Launches Indiegogo Campaign

April 11, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Imagine, you could be in different locations at the same time without leaving your desk, your sofa, your hammock - well, you get the idea. You don't even have to move, you simply direct a telepresence robot to any place you want to go: Let it roam around your office, check on your holiday cottage, monitor a manufacturing hall, even catch the dog sleeping on your favorite armchair.

Mobile Robotic Telepresence Systems to Reach $372M

March 26, 2015 | Telepresence Options


The mobile robotic telepresence (MRT) sector will reach US$372M in 2019, up from US$42M in 2014, for a CAGR of 54.4% according to a new study published by ABI Research entitled Mobile Robotic Telepresence Systems. Mobile robotic telepresence systems will find the greatest success in the healthcare, business management, retail, facilities management and operations, MRO, and manufacturing sectors for applications where independent mobility and embodied presence are called for, and where high levels of social interaction are required.

Michigan State Tests Telepresence Robots for Online Students

March 10, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Leila Meyer / Campus Technology

Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, has been experimenting with telepresence robots that let online students participate in face-to-face classes.

The university offers a doctoral program in educational psychology and educational technology, which is available in both face-to-face and distance education formats, but the university has integrated the two options into a synchronous, hybrid model -- a single, integrated program with online students typically participating via Skype or similar telepresence system on a fixed monitor in the classroom. However, integrating the local and online students into the same classes made it difficult to ensure that both groups of students were treated equally.

Video Conferencing Innovator Delivers Industry-First Capabilities for Unique Robotic Telepresence Platform

February 24, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Revolve Robotics, a leading innovator in robotic telepresence, today announced KUBI Video 2.0, the latest version of its video collaboration app for its flagship KUBI telepresence platform. Japanese for neck, KUBI is a robotic cradle plus app for tablets that delivers an easy-to-use telepresence solution that nails the most important part of presence - the ability to interact and engage. The result is telepresence affordable enough to put anywhere and easy enough for anyone to use.

As Early as 2016, Robot Cops Will Be Patrolling Your Streets.......No, Seriously

February 18, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Justin Gardner / Infowars

By 2016, there will likely be a 6-foot tall police robot patrolling the streets and handing out parking tickets. The Telebot, developed by Florida International University's Discovery Lab, has been field-tested and is undergoing final tune up.

With a swiveling head and dexterous fingers, the humanoid robot is controlled remotely by a person wearing an Oculus Rift headset and motion-tracking vest, arm bands, and gloves. The voice of the remote operator is transmitted through the robot to the unfortunate citizen on the receiving end.

The menacing look of Telebot is no accident. Its design is one "...that can intimidate and display a sense of authority."

ORIGIBOT: 3D Printed and WebRTC-Enabled Telepresence Robot to Launch Tomorrow on Indiegogo

February 17, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Te Edwards / 3DPrint

The ORIGIBOT, a fully robotic platform which connects with an Android tablet or phone via a free app built by Origin Robotics, Inc., is "a complete telepresence solution."

So what are we talking about here? A robot arm capable of opening your refrigerator, showing you the contents and then bringing you an ice-cold beverage, that's what.

New 'transformer' robot changes shape to access deadly Fukushima nuclear facilities

February 6, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Tsuyoshi Nagano / The Asahi Shimbun

HITACHI, Ibaraki Prefecture--A new shape-changing robot has been rolled out that can chart previously inaccessible areas of the damaged containment vessels at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

The new device was demonstrated Feb. 5 at a plant owned by Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy Ltd., one of the firms involved in its development. The International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning, an organization made up of electric power companies and nuclear power plant manufacturers, developed it with a government subsidy.

IRobot Stock is Sinking after Q4 Earnings Report

February 5, 2015 | Telepresence Options


iRobot CEO Colin Angle (photo by Kyle Alspach for BostInno)

Story and images by Rebecca Strong / Bostinno

Already, the firm has made progress by launching a line of telepresence machines--including the Ava 500 enterprise bot, which has been integrated with Intel's RealSense technology and was demonstrated at CES in January. iRobot reported that it sold eight Ava 500 robots to customers last quarter, including AT&T. The company said it was conducting further testing on the Ava 500 with numerous companies across a range of industries. Additionally, iRobot revealed that 14 of its healthcare-oriented RP-VITA telepresence robots were installed in hospitals by one of its partners, InTouch Health. The company also stressed that there was an immense opportunity to expand its reach by implementing these machines in the hospitals across Mexico's 31 states.

Hidden Gems from CES - 2 Story Telepresence Robots, ultra-wide angle stitching cameras, and more

January 23, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by David J. Danto / Networkworld

Having just returned from my 20th CES, I am often asked why an enterprise technologist attends an event that is geared towards consumer technology. The reality is that technology doesn't understand the differences between consumers and businesses. Consumerization trends at large enterprises continue to blur the line between what is a consumer technology and a professional or enterprise one. If one ignores most of the fads and hype-storms, then this conference provides an insightful 12- to 18-month look ahead toward where technology is heading. So while you may have read about the latest in self-driving cars and smartwatches in the mainstream media, here's a taste of some of the items you might not have heard about that will definitely affect our workspaces for tomorrow.

While most of the talk about display technologies was on the topic of 4K/Ultra High Definition (UHD) models with ultra-high prices, we also saw some of the new curved displays now available in desktop monitor sizes.

Robotbase Presents the AI Personal Robot on Kickstarter

January 21, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Tabby McFarland / Small Business Trends

It's a business owner's dream. Imagine a personal assistant that will order lunch, manage calls, schedule appointments, take pictures at events, and even remind you of your anniversary. It certainly is nice to have a helping hand, but hiring an employee to do all this isn't in everyone's budget. One possible solution could be to buy a robot that can do all this for you. At least that's what New York based company Robotbase thinks.

Robotbase is making some big claims when it comes to their Artificial Intelligence Personal Robot. True the company has not come up with a very exciting name, but it is an intriguing project. Robotbase claims their robot is a personal assistant, photographer, storyteller, telepresence device, and a home automation system. They are promising a lot packed into one machine.

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