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Why co-parenting with telepresence robots could be a fantastic idea

August 1, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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There's always something heart-wrenching when parents have to be far away from their children. Sometimes parents travel. Sometimes separated parents split time with the kids.

Maybe telepresence robots can help.

Reach Robotics closes $7.5M Series A for its augmented reality bots

July 24, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by TechCrunch

After years of research and development, Reach Robotics has closed a $7.5 million Series A, co-led by Korea Investment Partners (KiP) and IGlobe, to bring its augmented reality bots to market in a big way. The Bristol-based startup is looking to expand into the U.S., and the team is exploring opportunities for growth into other European and Asian markets.

Reach Robotics' first product, MekaMon, launched last fall. Today's round comes after the company produced and sold an initial run of 500 of its four-legged, crab-like, bots. MekaMon fits into an emerging category of smartphone-enabled augmented reality toys like Anki.

The new Suitable technologies BeamPro PTZ+L telepresence robot for the healthcare industry has a laser

April 20, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Suitable Technologies®, Inc., creator of the Beam® and BeamProTM presence systems that are used by more than 40% of the Fortune 50 companies, today introduced two new models to the BeamPro family: the BeamPro PTZ and BeamPro PTZ+L, providing a more professional videoconferencing solution for the healthcare industry.

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The Ohmni telepresence robot is designed for your home, not your office

April 14, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Most telepresence robots are sold for the slightly disheartening purpose of letting remote workers visit the office from home. But startup OhmniLabs is targeting a more wholesome market. The company says its new telepresence bot, the eponymous Ohmni, is designed to connect families -- whether that's parents on a business trip saying goodnight to their kids, or children logging in to visit their grandparents at their retirement community.

As the robotics industry grows, so do security concerns

March 27, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Over the past several decades, advances in robotics have made them practically an industry staple, from heavy machinery and textiles all the way to children's toys and hobbyist RC vehicles.

We trust that these machines are secure, but in reality that's not always the case. Although it sounds like a plot straight out of a police procedural, there's a very real possibility of malicious individuals hacking into your seemingly innocuous devices. These vulnerabilities are what make cybersecurity so important for all connected devices.

Vecna Board Names Dwight Moore CEO of VGo Subsidiary

February 22, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vecna Technologies, parent company of VGo Communications, has selected Dwight Moore as VGo's new Chief Executive Officer. The appointment of Moore to this position follows a strategic decision to make the VGo product line a subsidiary company under the Vecna umbrella and focus its mission on immersive and affordable telepresence.

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"Dwight's experience in growing organizations, his passion for delivering value to consumers worldwide, and his accessible leadership style make him an extraordinary fit for our team," said Vecna co-founder and president Deborah Theobald. "We're looking forward to Dwight's contributions to the growing VGo brand providing exceptional value to home consumers, students and educators, as well as healthcare and business professionals."

TERESA project adds a vital component to human-robot interaction: social intelligence

February 2, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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TERESA is a 3-year research project funded by the European Union and carried out by six institutions from four European countries. Its goal is to develop a new socially intelligent semi-autonomous telepresence system.

A telepresence system consists of an internet-connected mobile robot equipped with a video screen, speakers, and microphones.  A remotely located pilot sitting at a computer can control the robot and use it to interact with people at the robot's location.

Double Robotics says it has sold 8,000 robots and generated $20 million in sales since 2013

January 17, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Double Robotics says there's a big audience for its telepresence robots and thinks it has the numbers to prove it. In the past four years, the company said, more than 8,000 of its robots were sold worldwide, generating more than $20 million in sales revenue. With this traction, Double Robotics has plans to raise a series A round of funding this year along with introducing a software subscription plan to help customers get more out of their robots.

"We've learned a lot over the last few years to see what it takes to work in office cultures," remarked company CEO David Cann in an interview with VentureBeat. "When we started, we didn't know what to expect. We had a crazy concept of putting robots in the office, and no one had done it to the scale that we've had."

Telepresence robots let people explore cultural venues without really going

January 12, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Las Vegas' Mob Museum is one of the few museums to offer tours via telepresence robot.

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Pamela Forth was determined to bring a little culture into her fiancé's life.

That was no easy feat. Two decades earlier, a car accident left Roger Sprong a quadriplegic, with limited mobility. That made any trip too far beyond his Valparaiso, Indiana, home a challenge.

Suitable Technologies Unveils an Upgraded Beam®

January 6, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Suitable Technologies, Inc., creator of Beam and BeamProTM remote presence systems popular with many Fortune 500 companies, announced an upgraded Beam -- a more powerful version of the entry-level Beam device. With two dual-band Wi-Fi radios, up to 8 hours of battery life, enhanced speed and additional administrative controls, it's perfect for bringing remote teams together. This new Beam will serve as a mid-level product offering for enterprise customers.

Mantaro Introduces the MantaroBot TeleTrak Telepresence Robot for Rugged Industrial, Manufacturing, and Construction Environments

August 25, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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GERMANTOWN, Md., Aug. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mantaro, a leading developer of mobile telepresence products, announced today the launch of their new addition to the MantaroBot TelePresence Robot lineup, the MantaroBot TeleTrak. With the introduction of a tracked based drive system, the user can drive the TeleTrak to monitor projects in rugged terrain and dynamic environments remotely, locations they could never do so before. The TeleTrak opens up the world of mobile telepresence to the industrial, manufacturing, and construction environments as users can can now remotely traverse uneven terrain, steps, and obstacles as high as 4" tall. Watch a short video of the TeleTrak telepresence robot.

You can now pre-order limited units of the i2u2 v2.0 remote telepresence robot at a discounted price

August 22, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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The i2u2 is a remote telepresence robot that is completely designed, engineered and built in India. The robot attaches to a tablet and was initially designed by the makers to interact with their kids at home, while at work. The reception has been spectacular, with the i2u2 being used for a range of purposes from people keeping watch on their pets to teleconferencing.

"Our users have been a constant source of support and have provided valuable feedback that we have incorporated into the platform" said Aman Kajaria, co-founder of i2u2 Robots. We aim to build the simplest, most affordable telepresence robot that can be used in every household to get people closer to their loved ones. We also encourage users to find their own unique use case for the robot."

Global Telepresence Robots Market Growth of 53.62% CAGR by 2020 - Analysis, Technologies & Forecasts Report 2016-2020 - Key Vendors: Anybots, Double Robotics, Mantaro - Research and Markets

July 6, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Telepresence Robots Market 2016-2020" report to their offering.

A telepresence robot is a computer-driven robot that consists of a video camera and screen to have a view of either side. It is a remote-controlled ambulatory device equipped with a display to enable video chat and conference. Its basic equipment includes a microphone, a video camera, and a wireless transmitter that enables the robot to communicate via an Internet connection.

Disney's Haptic Telepresence Robot that Can Thread Needles

May 16, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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If you have ever been to a Disney park, you can understand why the company would be working on different types of robots. The part is filled with mechanical actors that move around and perform in many of the rides. Disney Research has unveiled a new telepresence robot that will have a much wider range of use than lip-synching "It's a Small World" in a creepy ride for kids. What the researchers at Disney Research have created is a new type of hydrostatic transmission that uses a hybrid air-water configuration.

This new transmission would be used inside of a robot and is said to be analogous to an N+1 cable-tendon transmission using N hydraulic lines and one pneumatic line for a system with N degrees of freedom. The common air-filled line would preload all of the degrees of freedom in the system according to the research paper accompanying the creation. The team says that the new transmission allows for the stiffness of a water-filled transmission with half the number of hydraulic lines previously required.

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Telepresence Robot Market is Poised to reach $7 billion Between 2016 - 2022

March 31, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Telepresence robot device markets at $825 million in 2015 are anticipated to reach $7 billion by 2022 as next generation robotic devices, systems, and instruments are introduced to manage remote presence. The robotic platform will be extended to include grippers and cameras of all types, sensors and sophisticated navigation software.

The quality of remote communication is uplifted by the robotic platform approach to connecting people located in different places. The visualization provided by the telepresence robot is not reproducible by the smartphone and large telepresence systems are not mobile. So ultimately all people will want access to telepresence robot in order to move around and see for themselves what is going on in another place.

4 Amazing Things This 'Thinking' Robot Can Do

March 14, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Robots are getting smarter by the day.

The French robotics company Aldebaran brought Pepper--its "thinking robot"--onstage at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas, Sunday to show off some of its upcoming features and paint a picture of what life with robots will look like in the near future.

Telepresence has come a long way, where do we go from here?

March 3, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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In our final post for this series, we'll talk about the future of telepresence. For most robots telepresence is just the beginning, a means to an end. Many of the robots in this series are meant for office, medical, or home. But it should not be forgotten this same technology can easily be implemented for dull, dirty, and dangerous work, typical of robots. Allowing human operators to teach robots through telepresence creates a synergy along with higher levels of autonomy.

Telepresence Robot for the Disabled Takes Directions from Brain Signals

November 30, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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People with severe motor disabilities are testing a new way to interact with the world--using a robot controlled by brain signals.

An experimental telepresence robot created by Italian and Swiss researchers uses its own smarts to make things easier for the person using it, a system dubbed shared control. The user tells the robot where to go via a brainwave-detecting headset, and the robot takes care of details like avoiding obstacles and determining the best route forward.

grandPad Partners with Revolve Robotics To Deliver Remote Care for Seniors

November 18, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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grandPad, creator of the first digital tablet and network to privately connect the core family with a platform built for seniors, has entered into a groundbreaking partnership with Revolve Robotics, creator of Kubi, the intuitive and affordable homecare telepresence robot that lets remote video callers look around a room and monitor seniors. This solution dramatically lowers the barriers for seniors to receive remote care and maintain contact with physicians, caregivers, and family.

grandPad is using the Kubi API to integrate Kubi controls into the user interface of its senior-friendly tablet. Kubi is a robotic cradle upon which a tablet sits and is remotely controlled by a video caller. When the grandPad tablet is mounted on Kubi, everyone from kids to caregivers can safely engage face-to-face with seniors via video, as well as look around with 300 degrees of pan and 90 degrees of tilt.

Become a cuddly teddy bear with Oculus Rift and Adawarp

October 29, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Jessica Conditt / Engadget

Adawarp, a two-man Japanese tech startup, is in the long-distance bear-hug business. The company's Telepresence virtual reality technology transports one person, wearing an Oculus Rift, into the body of a robotic teddy bear, with real-time movements, sight, voice and all, no matter how far apart the bear and user are. Turn your head and the teddy bear turns his, and use an Xbox controller to articulate the bear's arms, as MIT Technology Review reports. Users can talk through the bear's speaker system, hear responses through a microphone and see out of its eyes (each one encircled by a fine layer of fuzz, of course).

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