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Luna Personal Robot Launches For $999

December 15, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Meet Lowe's Newest Sales Associate -- OSHbot, the Robot

October 29, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Ashley Rodriguez / Advertising Age

Lowe's is set to unleash a retail-ready, multilingual robot. The project is designed to help shoppers navigate stores quickly and easily.

"People want to come in and find exactly where they want to go," said Kyle Nel, executive director of Lowe's Innovation Labs. "And they want to have a conversation instead of trying to find a map."

Robot will beam live Moon pictures to Oculus users

October 22, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Jane Wakefield / BBC

The project is part of a $30m prize from Google offered to a team that can send video back from the moon.

The robot has already been shown to potential investors, including Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart.

Caring For Relatives By Robot

October 21, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Forbes

The days of extended independent living, where a robot could allow you to have a quasi-physical presence with a distant relative, talk to them, perform chores for them and possibly even have physical contact with them, is around the corner. At the Internet of Things (IoT) World Forum last week in Chicago, I caught a glimpse of the future and it isn't far off.

Even though conference sponsor Cisco admits that the IoT is overhyped, the progress is real and the effect on industries and society will be profound. Goldman Sachs is predicting by 2020 there will be 28 billion connected devices. 300,000 devices per hour are being connected to the Internet according to Wim Elfrink, Cisco's Executive Vice President of the Industry Solutions Group and Chief Globalization Officer--he's the visionary for IoT. According to Elfrink the IoT is being adopted faster than any technology in history. Essentially what he and everyone else is saying is that in the future, anything that can be connected to the Internet will be.

We just had an out-of-body experience with this robot-Oculus project

October 9, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Mat Smith / Engadgets

It's an unusual experience for a weekday afternoon: I stare up to see myself, staring up. I'm strapped into an Oculus Rift VR headset, which is both controlling (and streaming from) cameras atop a 1.5ft robot roaming around my feet. This robot on wheels is composed of segments that hold a stereo camera, storage, the "brains" and, importantly, a wireless internet connection to stream dual camera feeds to a nearby PC -- as well as receive movement instructions. The effect, courtesy of high-latency motion feedback from the Rift, is that when I turn to the right, or look upwards, the robot does exactly the same thing, with a motorized joint connected to the camera module matching my gaze.

Leading Telecom Operator, Orange, Partners With Suitable Technologies to Bring Customers Beam+ and Ub-y

October 6, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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PALO ALTO, CA, Oct 06, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Suitable Technologies Inc. (R), the company that brings people together with the Beam(R) Smart Presence System (SPS), with its French partner Awabot, today announced a collaborative effort with Orange SA, a global leader in telecommunications operations. The effort brings together Suitable Technologies' Beam+, a smart presence system that makes it possible to see, visit, and stay close to anyone, and Ub-y, an innovative new offering from Orange, that gives customers the power of ubiquity, so they can be everywhere at once without the need for travel. Ub-y will be available at select Orange locations in 2015.

Beam+ combines mobility and video conferencing to enable users a way to speak, see, and move about so they can interact with friends and family in a natural way from anywhere in the world. Beam+ embodies the user with an authentic presence, and immerses the user with reliable low-latency audio and video for natural communication and control.

Loneliness narrows the uncanny valley

September 9, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Michelle Starr / CNET

Talking to inanimate objects when you're feeling lonely may not be so strange after all. According to new research conducted by a team at Darmouth College in the UK and Harvard University in the US, we're more likely to perceive life in inanimate faces when we're feeling socially disconnected. In short, if you're low on human contact, you might start feeling a little less creeped out by the uncanny valley -- because those faces look more alive to you.

This is because, when people are starved of social contact, they start attributing human characteristics to objects: a face on a volleyball, for instance. Or a doll. Or... a robot.

Change up the Way you Communicate with PadBot, the Telepresence Robot

August 25, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Leah Gonzalez / Techly

Can't make it to that important meeting at your company's other office? Let your PadBot robotic stand-in roll in and establish your presence.

A PadBot consists of a base that houses the wheeled motion system, a slim 'neck' that's about three feet high, and a head or pad that holds one 7 to 10-inch tablet. Its creators describe its shape as a "white goose."

Robots To Give Guided Tours Of Tate Britain At Night

August 13, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by The Huffington Post UK/PA

Robots are to give art fans a night at the museum with a series of after-hours tours around Tate Britain through an award-winning project.

People from around the world will be able to view online as four camera-equipped mechanical guides will roam the galleries for five consecutive nights beginning tomorrow.

Jibo Hits $1.4M During the Final Days on Indiegogo

August 7, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Samantha Hurst / Crowdfund Insider

Just 9 days before the closing of its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, Dr. Cynthia Breazeal's Jibo has reached $1,485,938 from over 3,000 backers. The device is considered the world's first ever family robot and has continued to gain attention from news outlets all over the world.

Standing at 11 inches tall and weight in at 6 pounds, Jibo is the perfect robot for every member of the family. It is an interactive companion that brings intelligence, helpfulness and personality to experiences for every member.

Robotic Telepresence 2014: State of the Industry

August 5, 2014 | Howard Lichtman

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We are continuing the syndication of the stories in this year's issue of Telepresence Options Magazine with our annual "State-of-the-Industry" report on telepresence robotics. This year's report is by Andra Keay, the Managing Director of Silicon Robotics, who looks at everything from the large remote presence platforms like VGo and iRobot's Ava that are starting to self-navigate and the head-and-neck robots like Kubi that are "swivl-ing" iPads and tablets for a look around the room.

In the coming weeks and months we will continue publishing the other articles from the Summer 2014 issue including: ยท

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WebRTC - Reality Check 2014 by Tim Kridel
Room Control - Making it Easy - What's New and Cool in Room Control by Lindsey Adler
Streaming Video - Proxibid: How video streaming their auctions amped their revenues by Andy Howard
Distance Learning - New York University's Global Classroom by Andy Howard

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Suitable Technologies CEO Scott Hassan shows up @ ComicCon on a tricked-out Beam Telepresence Robot

July 29, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Matt Swider / TechRadar

Superheros often come with initiate or mutant powers, but some of our favorite comic book characters also rely on technology to save the world.

Where would Batman be without his utility belt? Could Captain America really carry on without his shield? What would Iron Man be made out of without his life-saving suit?

Google Whiskey Delivery Via Telepresence Robot

July 28, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable

Google's Marvin Chow posted a picture on Google+ of a Telepresence Robot at Google's San Francisco office. The cool part, the Telepresence Robot is delivering whiskey in a red jacket and Mickey Mouse hat to Googlers.

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