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Researchers Reveal Vulnerabilities of Telepresence Robot

October 23, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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New research from Zingbox has detailed vulnerabilities in telepresence robots that hackers could use to access sensitive data, including chat conversations, images, and live video streams.

Temi is a telepresence robot with Harman Kardon speakers and an AI voice assistant

September 17, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Telepresence robots tend to be underwhelming. They're expensive, for one, and not exceptionally user-friendly. And most aren't intelligent, by any stretch of the imagination.

Temi is the rare exception.

Fusion: A Collaborative Robotic Telepresence Parasite That Lives on Your Back

August 23, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Most of the telepresence robots that you can buy are appealing because they offer you some sort of mobile agency--like, the ability to remotely drive yourself around. Robots like these are great if you want to, say, find yourself an elephant, but not all that great if you want to help other people out through collaborative tasks that require physical interaction. Collaboration, especially instruction, often depends on the physical act of one person showing another person how to do something, and even if your telepresence robot has an arm or two, it may not be at all intuitive for a remote user have effective direct interactions.

Researchers receive funding for telepresence robot

April 24, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Put simply, a telepresence robot being created at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville functions like "walking Skype." And, while the end goal is simplicity for users in a classroom setting, the critical thinking, and technological design and development involved in its creation are complex.

The Wailian Education Group, now WeEducation Group Inc., supported the robot research and development with private funding totaling $56,304. SIUE School of Engineering's Mingshao Zhang, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, directed the project.

Ava Robotics Introduces Autonomous Telepresence Robot

March 23, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Seven years ago, iRobot introduced us to Ava, a sort of tech demonstrator designed to show how robots were capable of doing things like--well, the company wasn't entirely sure, but telepresence was one of the ideas. The robot's autonomous navigation was certainly impressive, and Ava could avoid moving obstacles at the speed of a brisk walk, which wasn't something we'd seen a lot of back in 2011..

In 2012, iRobot announced RP-VITA, a medical telepresence robot based on the Ava platform. And in 2013, iRobot and Cisco collaborated on the Ava 500, a commercial telepresence system with integrated autonomous navigation. We haven't heard too much about it since then, but today a startup called Ava Robotics is coming out of stealth mode to announce its plans to bring the technology behind Ava to market.

The BeamPro 2 telepresence robot has wide-angle HD cameras and a 24-inch touchscreen

January 14, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Suitable Technologies, maker of the Beam range of telepresence robots, has unveiled the BeamPro 2, its latest high-end device. Like all telepresence bots, the BeamPro 2's main function is Skype on wheels: it lets employees call into their workplace remotely and trundle around it with the help of an app. It's fun, if not always practical.

This Humanoid Robot May be Your Next Assistant

November 28, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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On November 20, Toyota revealed its latest humanoid robot, the T-HR3, which the company says "represents an evolution from previous generation instrument-playing humanoid robots," according to the company's press release. The new robot was created to assist humans safely whether at home or work, particularly in dangerous or remote areas -- even outer space. The T-HR3's third-generation robotic hardware was developed and designed by Toyota's Partner Robot Division, and is meant to facilitate "unique mobility needs."

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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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.

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