Intelligent Machines

Next Thing To Being There

Apr 22, 2008

Intelligent Machines

Next Thing To Being There

Apr 22, 2008

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.

Product: ConnectR Virtual Visiting Robot
Cost: Around $500 in a mid-2008 pilot program
Source: www.irobot.com
Companies: iRobot