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Story and images by Michelle Starr / CNET
Talking to inanimate objects when you're feeling lonely may not be so strange after all. According to new research conducted by a team at Darmouth College in the UK and Harvard University in the US, we're more likely to perceive life in inanimate faces when we're feeling socially disconnected. In short, if you're low on human contact, you might start feeling a little less creeped out by the uncanny valley -- because those faces look more alive to you.
This is because, when people are starved of social contact, they start attributing human characteristics to objects: a face on a volleyball, for instance. Or a doll. Or... a robot.
Story and images by Leah Gonzalez / Techly
Can't make it to that important meeting at your company's other office? Let your PadBot robotic stand-in roll in and establish your presence.
A PadBot consists of a base that houses the wheeled motion system, a slim 'neck' that's about three feet high, and a head or pad that holds one 7 to 10-inch tablet. Its creators describe its shape as a "white goose."
Story and images by The Huffington Post UK/PA
Robots are to give art fans a night at the museum with a series of after-hours tours around Tate Britain through an award-winning project.
People from around the world will be able to view online as four camera-equipped mechanical guides will roam the galleries for five consecutive nights beginning tomorrow.
Story and images by Samantha Hurst / Crowdfund Insider
Just 9 days before the closing of its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, Dr. Cynthia Breazeal's Jibo has reached $1,485,938 from over 3,000 backers. The device is considered the world's first ever family robot and has continued to gain attention from news outlets all over the world.
Standing at 11 inches tall and weight in at 6 pounds, Jibo is the perfect robot for every member of the family. It is an interactive companion that brings intelligence, helpfulness and personality to experiences for every member.
We are continuing the syndication of the stories in this year's issue of Telepresence Options Magazine with our annual "State-of-the-Industry" report on telepresence robotics. This year's report is by Andra Keay, the Managing Director of Silicon Robotics, who looks at everything from the large remote presence platforms like VGo and iRobot's Ava that are starting to self-navigate and the head-and-neck robots like Kubi that are "swivl-ing" iPads and tablets for a look around the room.
In the coming weeks and months we will continue publishing the other articles from the Summer 2014 issue including: ·
- Telepresence Entrepreneur - Array Telepresence's Herold Williams Rides Again
- Telepresence Intrapreneur - Cisco's Susie Wee leads from the Front
- Telepresence Robotics - State of the Industry 2014 by Andra Keay
- AVI-SPL - A Look Inside the World's Biggest pro-AV Shop by David Maldow
- Handicapping the Codec Wars by Tim Kridel
WebRTC - Reality Check 2014 by Tim Kridel
Room Control - Making it Easy - What's New and Cool in Room Control by Lindsey Adler
Streaming Video - Proxibid: How video streaming their auctions amped their revenues by Andy Howard
Distance Learning - New York University's Global Classroom by Andy Howard
Download printable PDF version here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/235270711/Telepresence-Robotics-2014-State-of-the-Industry
Story and images by Matt Swider / TechRadar
Superheros often come with initiate or mutant powers, but some of our favorite comic book characters also rely on technology to save the world.
Where would Batman be without his utility belt? Could Captain America really carry on without his shield? What would Iron Man be made out of without his life-saving suit?
Story and images by Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable
Google's Marvin Chow posted a picture on Google+ of a Telepresence Robot at Google's San Francisco office. The cool part, the Telepresence Robot is delivering whiskey in a red jacket and Mickey Mouse hat to Googlers.
Story and images by Jon Kelvey / Slate
Museum-lover Henry Evans has been fortunate. Over the past year, he has been able to take one-on-one guided tours of the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, and the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, among others. Such museum hopping is not necessarily unusual, of course, but what makes Evans' experience unique is that he was able to stroll through the collections of these institutions while lying supine in his Los Altos Hills home in California.
Evans is a mute quadriplegic. He suffered a stroke in 2002 that left him with minimal powers of movement except for his head, a saving grace that allows him to access the Internet, use a voice synthesizer, and correspond by email via head motions and a special interface. It also allows him to pilot a number of telepresence robots: remotely controlled, mechanical avatars like the Beam, which Evans has used for many of his museum tours. Originally designed by Palo Alto-based manufacturer Suitable Technologies as an alternative to travel for business executives, the Beam is a sleek white machine, with two slender supports rising from a low, wheeled base to hold up a tablet-size screen that displays the user's face. It's the robot Evans uses to address a Washington, D.C., crowd in a popular TEDx video from 2013.
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."
Story and images by Indiegogo
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.
Story and images by James Temple / Re/code
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.
Story and images by Carrbuzz
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.
Story and images by Debra Donston-Miller / Forbes
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.
Story and images by Kelly Teal / Channel Partners
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.
Story and images by Erico Guizzo / IEEE Spectrum
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.
Story and images by Broadway World
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.
Story and images by Seth Stevenson / Slate
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.
Story and images by Leslie Katz / CNET
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.