If you regret the lack of affordable robotics in your life and you're an iPad enthusiast, you may be in luck. Double Robotics, a Mountain View, California-based company, is preparing to launch a new invention called “Double,” which is essentially an iPad located atop a modified, remote control Segway.
The point? To let you videoconference while literally “roaming,” allowing you to have a presence in a remote location. You (in the form of the iPad located across town, across the country or across the world) can operate your robotic device and wander from place to place in a conference room or a building, greeting people and conducting business.
Double is currently available for pre-order, according to the website, Geek O System, and will ship early next year.
“Double is the simplest, most elegant way to be somewhere else in the world without flying there,” company officials said. “The minimalist design and intuitive touchscreen controls allow you to freely move around without inconveniencing others. You can stay at eye level, whether sitting or standing, by adjusting your height remotely, which makes conversations fluid and real. Retractable kickstands will automatically deploy to conserve power when you are not moving around. Efficient motors and lightweight design give Double the ability to last all day without recharging the battery.”
Double charges in about two hours via an AC wall adapter, and will run for about eight hours. It weighs about 15 pounds and works with every iPad that features a camera, according to Geek O System. Both the iPad attached to Double and the user’s iPad must be running the same app in order for the device to function.
Double can be remotely controlled via iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or even a laptop, and will set intrepid users back about $2,000 (not including the iPad, of course).
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Edited by Braden Becker