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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.

World's first artificial intelligence personal robot developed by US startup Robotbase

January 9, 2015 | Telepresence Options


An artificial intelligence robot capable of acting as a personal assistant, stylist, security guard, photographer and telepresence has been shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The Personal Robot, developed by New York-based startup Robotbase, is described by its creators as a "revolutionary product that changes everything".

iRobot Corporation's Robotic Hand Could Be a Game Changer

January 6, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Steve Symington / The Motley Fool

Those were the words spoken by iRobot (NASDAQ: IRBT ) CEO Colin Angle after Google (NASDAQ: GOOG ) (NASDAQ: GOOGL ) acquired Boston Dynamics a little more than a year ago. That was Google's eighth robotics-related acquisition during a span of just a few months, so industry watchers couldn't help but wonder whether the move would be bad news for other competitive players like iRobot.

Though best known for its popular Roomba robotic vacuums, iRobot also offers a number of antonymous telepresence robots built on its Ava mobile robotics platform. While its current commercial and healthcare iterations don't have arms or hands, Angle has long stated he hopes to evolve the platform into a sort of "robotic butler," operating within the confines of our homes.

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

January 5, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Serial roboticist Fred Nikgohar, CEO of RoboDynamics has launched a KickStarter campaign to raise $500,000 to launch Luna, a personal robot built on the open source Robot Operating System (ROS) platform. Luna will be a human scale robot with movable arms and will be open source customizable and capable of accepting peripherals and add-ons developed by 3rd party developers.


Luna Personal Robot Launches For $999

December 15, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Julian Horsey / Geeky Gadgets

If you are in the market for an affordable personal robot you might be interested in Luna, a first human size personal robot designed for everyday practical use.

Luna includes a wealth of features that can be enhanced using applications and even has a personality, check out the video below created by Fred Nikgohar to learn more about Luna.

Scientists develop artificial skin that can feel rain and the touch of a hand

December 11, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Michael Casey / CBS News

There have been dramatic leaps in developing prosthetics, but there's one attribute in particular that's been largely overlooked.

Many artificial limbs are almost as flexible as, and function like, the real thing, and some even connect to peripheral nerves to allow for mind control of the prosthesis.

Can robots be managers, too?

December 3, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by ISPR

Robots are starting to enter homes as automatic cleaners, work in urban search and rescue as pseudo teammates that perform reconnaissance and dangerous jobs, and even to serve as pet-like companions. People have a tendency to treat such robots that they work closely with as if they were living, social beings, and attribute to them emotions, intentions, and personalities. Robot designers have been leveraging this, developing social robots that interact with people naturally, using advanced human communication skills such as speech, gestures, and even eye gaze. Unlike the mechanical, factory robots of the past, these social robots become a unique member of our social groups.

Toshiba Android Will Take You for a Trip Down the Uncanny Valley

December 3, 2014 | Telepresence Options


All aboard for another trip down the Uncanny Valley!

At the CEATEC Japan electronics trade show in October, Toshiba trotted out what it calls a "lifelike communication android," though perhaps the term lifelike is a bit generous. The android, named Aiko Chihiro, is similar to others we've seen at labs and trade events. While certain parts of the robot look quite good, such as the hair, I found that, as I watched Aiko move, it didn't take long for my Uncanny Valley instincts to kick in.

Bedroom-bound quadriplegic develops drone to see the world

November 25, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by The Telegraph

A quadriplegic man who is confined to his bedroom has used his computing expertise to see the world from his bedroom, by flying a camera-mounted drone up to thousands of miles.

Stuart Turner could soon be looking round the Grand Canyon or Niagra Falls using the 2kg flying device, which he controls by moving his head his head and eyes using Google Glass computer worn on his head.

Cameras, robotic mules could help battle Ebola in West Africa

November 21, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld

Researchers are working on technology that could be shipped to West Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak as soon as a few months from now, while also looking ahead to bigger plans to combat any disease outbreak.

"Absolutely. This is something we can do," said Robin Murphy, a professor of computer science and engineering at Texas A&M University and director of the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue said Wednesday.

European Robotics Week 2014

November 18, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Robert Loos / Robotics Today

Next monday, the 4th edition of the European Robotics Week will take place in a range of locations throughout Europe featuring a variety of robotics-related activities for the general public.

The event is coordinated by euRobotics AISBL, a Brussels-based robotics association that aims to serve as a sustainable umbrella organization for the European robotics community.

Beam opens first telepresence robotics store staffed with robots

November 14, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Mark Albertson / The Gospel Herald

Suitable Technologies, a smart presence systems company, has opened what is believed to be the first retail outlet by a remote telecommunications enterprise to sell its video telepresence devices directly to consumers.

The store, which is located on a busy main street in downtown Palo Alto, California, held its grand opening for the media on October 30 and opened its doors to the general public the following day.

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