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
Subscribe to Continue Reading
Uh oh–you've read all five of your free articles for this month.
Insider Online Only
$19.95/yr US PRICE
Google Is Cutting the Cord on Its Fiber Rollout
Laying off workers and putting expansion plans on ice, Google Fiber looks to be headed for a wireless future.
AT&T Is Selling Law Enforcement Access to Its Customers’ Data
Internal documents suggest the company charges investigators to use a tool that mines its customers’ metadata.
The Decline in Chinese Cyberattacks: The Story Behind the Numbers
The Obama administration has been touting a decrease in commercial espionage, but the reality for corporate America may be more complicated.