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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.
"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."
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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.
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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."
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.
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
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
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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
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.
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 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.
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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.
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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.
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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, 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.
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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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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
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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."
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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.
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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.
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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.