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It may look like the popular Roomba vacuum cleaner as it scoots across the living-room floor, but iRobot’s new ConnectR is actually a way for people to interact with distant relatives or pets. The robot is equipped with a Wi-Fi antenna, a speaker, a microphone, and a tilting, zooming video camera. A remote user can pilot the robot over the Internet, carrying on long-distance conversations and watching video of live events.

Credit: Joshua Scott

Product: ConnectR Virtual Visiting Robot

Cost: Around $500 in a mid-2008 pilot program

Source: www.irobot.com

Company: iRobot

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