To enable consumer to control the personal domestic and professional robots, from anywhere, RobotShop.com, an e-commerce site specializing in service robotics, has introduced a new cloud computing service specifically designed for robots as well as all “smart” objects.
According to a press release, MyRobots is a place where robot owners and builders can connect their robots, monitor their status, and control them. All Internet-enabled robots can be readily connected to MyRobots. Robots that cannot access the Internet directly can use the "MyRobots Connect," a physical device which allows any robot capable of serial communication to be easily connected to MyRobots. The manufacturers and OEMs can use the MyRobots platform to improve the capabilities of their robotic products and provide better service to their customers.
"Soon, I will be able connect to the robots in my home, and MyRobots will provide me with their current status such as if all is well, they have a problem or even if they require maintenance. MyRobots will inform me in real-time of any action I need to take, thus facilitating the coexistence and communication between mankind and these increasingly intelligent machines," says Mario Tremblay, RobotShop CEO.
"MyRobots addresses the increasing need to have a central intelligence for monitoring, managing and controlling robots and smart objects. In doing so, MyRobots opens the door to a new era by promoting the development and experimentation of a variety of applications for domestic, professional, hobby, educational, and toy robots. The potential for innovation resulting from this platform is unbounded and our goal at RobotShop is to involve the entire robotics community, our customers, and our manufacturers in this innovative process.”
RobotShop chose ThingSpeak, the open-source data engine created by ioBridge as the basis of its cloud robotics platform.
"We are excited that RobotShop selected ThingSpeak as the platform on which to build their innovative MyRobots portal. ThingSpeak is ioBridge's open source Internet of Things cloud service. It makes it easy and cost-effective to Internet-enable robots. This partnership goes hand-in-hand with ioBridge's vision of helping people benefit from being able to interact with a community of smart things," says Dr. Robert Mawrey, ioBridge CEO.Mandira Srivastava is a SDNzone contributor. She works as a full-time writer, ghostwriter and blogger, and has more than two years of experience in print and Web media. She has also worked on company brochures, website content and product descriptions, as well as proofreading and editing content. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Tammy Wolf