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MantaroBot Classic 2 Telepresence Solution Now Available

April 9, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by EIN NEWS

GERMANTOWN, MD, USA, April 8, 2014 / -- MantaroBot announces the new MantaroBot Classic 2 that features a Dellâ„¢ 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.

iRobot announces $50M stock buyback starting May 1

April 3, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by David Harris / Boston Business Journal

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.

Robot can wear your friend's face and guess your mood

March 28, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Paul Marks / New Scientist

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.

Telepresence Robot Proves It's A Small World After All

March 28, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Adam Fabio / Hack A Day

[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.

12 Reasons Robots Could Be The Next Trillion-Dollar Business Opportunity

March 20, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Christopher Mims / Quartz

Recently I sat down with Dmitry Grishin, the billionaire co-founder of 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).

iRobot's Cisco-Based Ava 500 Telepresence Robot Now Available

March 18, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Jeffrey Burt / eWeek

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.

Orbis Robotics Inc. to Incorporate IOCOM's Award-Winning Software in Telepresence Robot Line

March 12, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Dan Marchetto / IOCOM

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.

MantaroBot TeleMe TelePresence Robot Has Enhanced Connectivity Options

February 25, 2014 | Telepresence Options


GERMANTOWN, MD, USA, February 24, 2014 / -- 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.

Willow Garage's Last Days (UPDATE - Direct From Willow)

February 21, 2014 | Telepresence Options


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."

Combining Telepresence & Robotics with the TeleBot

February 13, 2014 | Telepresence Options


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.

Remote controlled robots to mingle at 2014 BAFTAs

February 13, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Sam Williams / T3

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.

Robots to roam Tate Britain at night

February 7, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Mark Brown / The Guardian

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.

#CESLive: Revolve Robotics - Telepresence on Your Desk

January 14, 2014 | Telepresence Options


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.

At CES 2014, Even The Journalists Are Robots

January 9, 2014 | Telepresence Options


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.

Swivl: Robotic Platform for Learning [Video]

January 9, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by iClarified

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.

Robots invade consumer market for play, work

January 9, 2014 | Telepresence Options

robot Japan

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.

KUBI telepresence robot arm for tablets now shipping, starting from $399

December 18, 2013 | Telepresence Options

Revolve Robotics KUBI

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.

Anybots' New Monolithic Telepresence Robot: Q(X)

December 17, 2013 | Telepresence Options

Anybots QX Dual Screen

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 Offers Sneak Peak at AnyBot's New Q(X) Telepresence Robot

December 13, 2013 | Telepresence Options

Anybots David Rogan CEO and Laura Furniss

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.

Robometrix VisitorBot Mini, new inexpensive consumer-market telepresence robot

December 12, 2013 | Telepresence Options

RobotMetrix VisitorBot Mini

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.

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