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GERMANTOWN, MD, USA, February 24, 2014 /EINPresswire.com/ -- MantaroBot has enhanced the connectivity of its TeleMe telepresence robot with a new Multi-WiFi Radio option and a web-based controller called TeleGo. These new capabilities ensure constant connectivity and easy access.
MantaroBot's Telepresence robot is an enhanced telecommunication system, allowing for improved connectivity and easier control.
UPDATE! Our friends at Willow have reached out to us directly to help correct the article originally shared here, by providing the following quotes.
"Willow Garage, Inc. continues to do business with no intention of closing. While Research activities ended when most staff joined Suitable Technologies last August, nothing occurred in January to change the availability of PR2 sales and service. In fact a January announcement solidified ongoing support for PR2 by a company whose focus and experience has been for robotics R&D products. Far from Scott Hassan's commitment to Suitable Technologies changing in January, he has always been full-time CEO since it spun out of Willow Garage 3 years ago."
"Willow Garage is very much in the business of supporting the PR2 community by growing it through sales of the remaining mobile manipulation platforms and insuring service continues at least through 2016. We are actively engaged in getting more PR2s into the world, especially in developing countries, so we don't want there to be misunderstandings - the researchers REALLY REALLY still want to join the growing PR2 community."
Story and images by FIU College of Engineering & Computing / Product Design & Development
Researchers and students in FIU's Discovery Lab have developed the initial prototype of a TeleBot -- which combines telepresence and robotics -- to allow disabled police and military personnel to serve as patrol officers.
Researchers and students have worked for more than 18 months to refine technology that will allow a disabled person to control the robot remotely, see everything the robot "sees" and interact with members of the public.
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Two 'fanbot' robots will be present at this year's BAFTAs to allow fans to chat with stars on the red carpet from the comfort of home using new telepresence technology.
Selected film fans will be able to control the robots and ask the stars questions using EE 4G video calling technology.
It is an enticing proposition: the chance to be all on your own in a gallery or museum in the middle of the night. Tate Britain may not allow that but it hopes for the next best thing.
Story and images Ana Sayfa / Periscope Post
One continuing trend evident at CES this year: Robotics. Whether it's robots to clean your house or robots to roam the office, it seems like robots are here to stay.
Story and images by Tech Light / Inventor Spot
In the future, robots might be a regular sight on the conference floor. Instead of watching streams and recorded video, interested parties unable to attend an event could easily find their way there without ever leaving their living room, through the wonders of telepresence. After going through a sign-up process, each user would be given control of a single telepresence robot, equipped with a screen, microphone, camera, and speakers. From there, they could pretty much go nuts. Although they wouldn't be able to physically interact with anything at the conference, they could still talk to speakers and attendees, explore the booths, and in general spend time seeing the sights.
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Swivl is a multipurpose motion and tracking platform for imaging and teleconferencing that works with iPads, iPhones, DSLRs and Android devices.
Swivl features a smooth, highly adjustable pan and tilt motion system that automatically follows you for self captured video. It can make your iPad your remote control for your DSLR and can enable engaging telepresence controls with another mobile equipped Swivl.
Story and images by Deccan Chronicle
Help clean your windows, teach children, or even provide entertainment or companionship.
This week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas highlights enormous growth in robotics in a range of fields.
It was almost a year ago when we checked out Revolve Robotics' KUBI, a motorized tablet cradle that lets you remotely pan and tilt your device -- via an iOS app (Android version coming soon) or web portal -- during video calls. After missing its summer launch window, this US-made telepresence robot is finally shipping to its Indiegogo backers starting this week.
Last we heard from Anybots was back in February of last year, when they were offering a robotic receptionist service called AnyLobby. Since then, it's been fairly quiet over there, but apparently, this is why: they've been working on a new telepresence robot called Q(X), which made its first appearance at a party last week.
Ubergizmo has published the first pictures of AnyBot's new Q(X) telepresence robot which has been built with a Polycom RealPresence videoconferencing engine. The new design is a departure from the company's iconic QB which featured an oversized head, tiny screen, and big eyes on a stick in favor of a significantly larger display and form factor. The bot will be competing with robotic telepresence platforms including Suitable Technologies' Beam and iRobot's Ava. Please see the Telepresence Options Comparison Chart: Robotic Telepresence: Tale of the Tape 2013 for the most comprehensive comparison of all the leading Robotic Telepresence platforms. Bookmark our Robotic Telepresence page for the latest coverage of the industry.
Imagine remotely checking in on elderly loved ones with a mini-robot that you move around using your smartphone. Or playing with your dog while you're at work.
Robometrix, a startup in Palmyra, is introducing its VisitorBot Mini, a compact telepresence device that can be operated on a tabletop or floor and sells for only $300. The larger VisitorBot Max stands four-feet-tall and, for example, can move around a factory floor to monitor overseas manufacturing from your Pennsylvania workplace. It sells for about $1,200.
NASA's Robonaut 2 (R2) isn't half the robot it used to be. On Monday, the space agency released images and video showing new legs that will be added to the robot assistant currently working aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The currently upper-body-only R2 will receive its new limbs early next year.
Sitting in front of my computer in my office on the East Coast, I am controlling a robot in Palo Alto, California.
The doctor isn't in, but he can still see you now.
Remote presence robots are allowing physicians to "beam" themselves into hospitals to diagnose patients and offer medical advice during emergencies.
You're sitting at your desk reading this and I bet I can guess exactly what you're thinking: "I just wish there was a creepy remote control robot driving around the office like it was a sentient rogue Roomba." Well actually, maybe you aren't thinking that, and that's exactly my point...
Robots are not the result of an advancing society, but a symptom of it. In building robots more friendly to humans, we might be squeezing ourselves out of the picture.
Last week Suitable Technologies made history by making 50 of their Beam remote presence devices (which the rest of the world knows as "telepresence robots") available for rental at the RoboConference in Silicon Valley. Telepresence Options publisher Howard Lichtman and editor David Maldow attended using two different Beams to gauge the experience of attending a conference using a "remote presence device". What we discovered was fascinating and holds important implications for the $100 Billion+ global trade show and conference industry. Get the pros, cons, and logistics of attending your next conference or trade show as a telepresence robot.
David Gossow at Willow Garage integrated the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset into RViz and, based on that, created a package for the PR2 robot called PR2 Surrogate. It lets you teleoperate a PR2 using the Oculus Rift and the Razer Hydra game controllers. The ROS community has been working closely with him to make this publicly available and are announcing its release into ROS Groovy Galapagos and Hydro Medusa. Wired's Bruce Sterling quipped: "There must be any number of handy applications for this capability, such as, uh, tasering people at your doorway and them going through their possessions with your telepresence robot arms."