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GUANGZHOU, CHINA--When face-to-face communication is impossible, voice with video communication is the next best thing. Now there is a new telepresence robot called PadBot that can represent its user remotely by displaying voice and video in real time, and its creators are seeking crowdfunding to raise $30,000 by August 31 to move the product into mass production.
Using an iPad, iPad Mini or Android Pad as its brain, PadBot is a telepresence robot that can be controlled to angle its head up and down and to move itself freely about the room. PadBot connects with its controlling device wirelessly using Bluetooth 4.0 and with other devices through WiFi or 4G connection. "Our invention enhances communication experiences for both business and personal communication," said PadBot founder Blue Tan. "PadBot serves as your copy when you can't physically be there."
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What is PadBot
PadBot is a telepresence robot. People can use PadBot to represent him/her remotely by showing his/her video, voice and movements in real-time. We can control PadBot to move freely and angle its head upward or downward. PadBot uses iPad/iPad Mini/Android pad as its brain. PadBot connect with iPad via wireless Bluetooth 4.0.
The PadBots communicate with each other by using WiFi/4G connections. This connectivity are already been built into iPad/Android pad. The shape of PadBot looks like a white goose, which is elegant and human friendly. The height of PadBot is around 90 cm. This is suitable for working in indoor environment.
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Cynthia Breazeal wants to take robots out of the lab and into the living room.
The MIT associate professor is widely recognized as a pioneer in social robotics, most famously producing the engaged and friendly faces of Kismet and Leonardo. But now she has formed her own company, Jibo, which has developed a namesake 11-inch tall robot that swivels around on two-axises and roughly resembles a lamp.
In a bid to capture more opportunities around mobility and the Internet of Things, Cisco Systems acquired Assemblage, a provider of cloud-based collaboration applications.
Financial terms of the deal, which is already complete, were not disclosed.
San Francisco-based Assemblage makes real-time collaboration applications that can be accessed via a Web browser, allowing them to work on any mobile device or platform without the need for any additional downloads, plug-ins or installations.
Assemblage's cloud apps let users share their screens, along with whiteboards and presentations, in real time. They also can work with other third-party cloud services, Cisco said, including those from Box and Google.
In a blog post, Hilton Romanski, senior vice president and head of business development at Cisco, said the Assemblage team will be rolled into Cisco's Collaboration Technology Group.
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The American team of Audi dealers and mechanics will soon have new employees rolling into their shops, as the company deploys a fleet of telepresence robots that'll roam garages and assist in vehicle repairs. On the other end, a remote mechanic will talk with the staff on the premises, diagnosing vehicle issues and offering advice to aid in their repair. The specialist mechanic will remotely control the camera, conducting conversations with the local teams while supervising their work.
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Earlier this year, Edward Snowden presented at TED2014. Wait... Isn't the NSA whistleblower hiding in an undisclosed location in Russia? And, if so, how did he make it onto the stage in Vancouver, Canada?
Two words: telepresence robot.
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In much the same way as NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover enabled Internet users to explore the Red Planet 140 million miles away, iRobot's Ava 500 self-navigating telepresence robot is enabling enterprise workers to negotiate geographic distances and precarious situations.
Telepresence robots go video conferencing one better, enabling eyes into specific locations where it's not practical or prudent for people to venture in person.
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Meet Telemba, which its creators say is the "world's cheapest telepresence robot."
Like other telepresence robots, Telemba works as your robotic body at a remote location: using a computer, you can drive Telemba around and interact with people remotely. You see what the robot sees, and you can attend meetings or just hang out with friends.
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NASHUA, N.H., May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ VGo Communications, the leader in robotic telepresence solutions, announced today that the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the lower court's jury trial verdict that VGo does not infringe patents held by InTouch Health. "We are pleased with the verdict", said Peter N. Vicars, CEO VGo Communications, "but continue to be disappointed in the system that grants patents for overly broad claims that can then be used as a sword by companies against their disruptive competitors."
In 2011, InTouch Health brought suit against VGo, claiming VGo was infringing several of its patents. After a trial in late 2012, the jury unanimously found that VGo's remote telepresence robot systems did not infringe any of the asserted patents. In addition the jury found that two of the patents in the case were not valid because the claims were obvious in light of the large amount of prior art that existed at the time the patent applications were filed. In its recent ruling the Federal Appeals Court found that the jury's decision that VGo was not infringing was supported by substantial amounts of evidence. In terms of the patent's invalidity, obviousness is a question of law and the Federal Appeals Court, determining that the jury was not capable of assessing VGo's claims of obviousness, reversed the judgment on invalidity on two of the patents.
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To view the promotional video for the Beam Pro telepresence robot is to glimpse a strange, disquieting future. Observe as a corporate executive (ensconced in the comfort and privacy of her own home) fires up her global fleet of remote robot slaves, logging into each one, seeing what they see and hearing what they hear. She leads a meeting during which she commands flesh-and-blood underlings from within the fortress of a cold, robot shell. She sneaks up deskside on a surprised colleague, using the robot's near-silent motile capabilities. And--perhaps most chillingly--she engages in a hallway conversation with another robot, screen facing screen, motors whirring. Scary days are just over the horizon, my fellow humans.
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On a Saturday night earlier this month, Olivia Ledezma got all dressed up for her high school prom. So did her telepresence robot, which donned a pink feather boa and tiara for the occasion.
The robot, named Clark, had cause for festive attire. After all, it was making it possible for Ledezma, a Kansas sophomore, to "attend" the dance from thousands of miles away in California. The student council president used an app to control the wheeled robot remotely, with the iPad atop its adjustable pole neck letting her virtually interact, dance, and even play cards with classmates.
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GERMANTOWN, MD, USA, April 8, 2014 /EINPresswire.com/ -- MantaroBot announces the new MantaroBot Classic 2 that features a Dell™ XPS18 Touch computer with full 18" touchscreen display as the head of the robot to its lineup of telepresence robots. The combination of touchscreen and Windows 8.x make the new MantaroBot very easy to configure and use. The 18" display provides a very lifelike telepresence experience for the local users. The remote user can also share video, media and documents on the large screen allowing interactive displays during meetings in any location.
The Classic 2 provides cost effective telepresence for use in telemedicine, security, education, business and manufacturing applications. The Windows 8.x operating system allows easy integration with corporate IT infrastructure.
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iRobot Corp., the Bedford-based robotics firm, announced Wednesday that its board authorized a $50 million stock buyback.
Under the program, iRobot would purchase up to $50 million of its common stock beginning May 1 and ending April 30, 2015.
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The spooky robotic head was watching me. As I passed by, it followed me with its eyes and slowly craned in my direction. Then it spoke, its animated lips moving realistically as it promoted an imminent crowdfunding campaign. When I stood still, it looked me over: its sensors examined my face and counted up my wrinkles. Then, rather annoyingly, it correctly guessed my age.
I was interacting with SociBot-Mini, a 60-centimetre-high robot built by Will Jackson and his colleagues at Engineered Arts in Penryn, UK. The model is one of their first generation of robots, already on sale. The company bills it as a futuristic information terminal that people could interact with in a mall, airport or bank, say. And if the Kickstarter campaign is successful, a cheaper, slimmed-down version will follow for home use, as a kind of personal assistant.
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[Chris] works as part of a small team of developers in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the US. [Timo], one of their core members, works remotely from Heidelberg, Germany. In order to make [Timo] feel closer to the rest of the group, they built him a telepresence robot.
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Recently I sat down with Dmitry Grishin, the billionaire co-founder of mail.ru and head of the world's largest venture capital fund devoted solely to robots, Grishin Robotics. As you might expect from someone who has put $25 million into robotics startups, he's bullish on the potential of robots (as he defines them) to become an area in which fortunes will be made in just the next few years.
Here are Grishin's arguments for why now is the time for the consumer robot industry to take off (followed by the reasons he might be wrong).
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iRobot's Ava 500 video collaboration robot, developed in conjunction with Cisco Systems, is hitting the market. The Ava 500 is designed to enable remote workers to not only participate in meetings, but also to move around a building and collaborate with co-workers in areas that otherwise would be difficult, such as hallways, manufacturing floors, data centers and laboratories, according to iRobot officials.
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CHICAGO, IL --(Marketwired - March 11, 2014) - IOCOM, a leading provider of universal video conferencing solutions, today announced that Orbis Robotics will be incorporating Visimeet software into their telepresence robots. In addition to incorporating Visimeet into their line of robots, Orbis Robotics will supply Visimeet to current and future customers.
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.